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India’s Maritime Vision

The third digital session of NESA’s IOR Maritime Security Series focuses on India’s IOR security calculations and its maritime strategy.  The discussant is Mr. Abhijit Singh of the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, moderated by Jeffrey Payne of NESA.  Highlights from the conversation follow: Q: What is the focal point in Delhi regarding India’s Read More >

Missile Defense Basics

NESA Professor David DesRoches discusses the basics of the Patriot and THAAD missile defense systems and explains why some systems are not effective against cruise missiles and drones. The video also covers technological advancements to the Iranian missile arsenal and explains why Saudi forces are the most effective at interception. The views presented in this Read More >

Governance, Counter Terrorism and Policing in Pakistan – A Conversation with Azhar Nadeem, Inspector General of Police (retired)

Welcome to the first installment of NESA’s South Asia Interview series with NESA Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas. We will interview practitioners, politicians, diplomats and scholars from South Asia. These engagements will include NESA alumni from the region as well as US South Asia experts . Mr. Azhar Hassan Nadeem served in senior law enforcement positions Read More >

Red Sea Waters: Great Power Competition Beyond the Indo-Pacific

As part of the Maritime Digital Security Series, NESA Manager of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Payne, hosted and moderated the virtual roundtable “Red Sea Waters: Great Power Competition Beyond the Indo-Pacific.” The Red Sea is gaining attention among security specialists due to increased activity of regional and non-regional powers along its littoral zones.  Regardless of Read More >

Oil Prices and Strategic Implications

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA discusses recent oil prices and strategic implications. In April 2020, oil prices collapsed to their lowest level ever. Producers had to pay consumers to take oil. Since then, prices have partly recovered. This severe fluctuation raises serious concerns about the strategic implications on oil-producing countries.               Read More >

Global Power Competition: Strategic Implications for the NESA Region

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA With more than a billion people and abundant natural resources, the NESA region (the Middle East, South and Central Asia) enjoys tremendous geopolitical and geo-economic advantages. Furthermore, the NESA region occupies a strategic location, connecting different cultures and civilizations. Little wonder that, since the dawn of history, global powers have been interested Read More >

Protests and Policing in America Today: Five Critical Lessons

Dr. Hassan Abbas, NESA The widespread protests across the United States in the aftermath of the tragic killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, at the hands of a police officer raises important questions about police professionalism and rule of law. Police organizations across the world and in the US are already under severe Read More >

The Coronavirus is a Turning Point in the Global Order

Sam Marrero, NESA Center Henry Kissinger wrote in an article for the Wall Street Journal last month: “The Coronavirus Pandemic will forever alter the global order….when it is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed.” The current global system, the result of a deal struck in 1945 at Bretton Woods which institutionalized Read More >

Dear Middle East Littoral States: Take MDA Seriously

Jeffrey Payne, NESA Center The larger Middle East is a complex security environment.  Ongoing civil conflicts, consistent regional rivalries, and persistent attention by outside major powers are but a few of the factors that shape this complex security situation.  As such, many Middle Eastern powers have built sophisticated security services that seek to maintain stability Read More >

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