NESA Center and Armenian National Defense Research University Strategic Dialogue

From the left: Dean Charles Marks, Professor Richard Wiersema, NDRU Commandant Major General Genadi Tavaratsyan, NESA Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, and Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat.


From 27–31 March 2023, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center’s Academic Dean, Dr. Roger Kangas led a team consisting of Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Associate Dean Charles Marks, and Professor Richard Wiersema to Yerevan, Armenia, in order to conduct a strategic dialogue with leadership, faculty, and analysts from the Armenian National Defense Research University (NDRU), in response to their invitation.

Dr. Bahgat and NESA Center Dean Dr. Kangas responding to questions from the Armenian NDRU faculty and leadership.

The NESA Center team presented views concerning the nature of future conflict; Turkey, Iran, and NATO roles in the South Caucasus; Russian and Chinese influence in the region; regional implications of Russia’s war in Ukraine; and energy security issues. Following discussion of each topic, the approximately 40 Armenian participants then considered and debated applications of different strategic methods and approaches presented and critiqued by NESA Center faculty. In addition, the team visited the Institute for Oriental Studies, at the Armenia National Academy of Sciences, and exchanged views on regional policy and security issues with the analysts there. These engagements were sponsored through the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) in Yerevan and opened opportunities for future collaboration with Armenian strategic studies experts and professional military education programs.

Armenian faculty and experts engaging the NESA Center team in strategic dialogue.
On the left, Associate Dean Charles Marks debates the utility of strategic models in Armenia’s context and ODC Representative Anahit Hovhannisyan on the right.







Read about the last NESA Center Strategy Seminar held in April 2022 at the Armenian National Defense Research University.

Armenian National Defense Research University Strategy Seminar


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