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Maritime Dimensions of Regional Rivalries in the Gulf

In this conversation on maritime-related topics in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), NESA Professor COL (ret.) David Des Roches presents in detail on the complex security situation in the Persian Gulf and how such complexity has direct and substantial impacts throughout the larger IOR. The views presented in this article are those of the speaker 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 >

The Iran Pressure Plan Will Fail

NESA Professor, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, June 9 2019 There is no doubt that the “maximum pressure” strategy is making life harder for the government of Tehran and the majority of Iranian people. Still, it is unlikely that the pressure will lead to a major policy shift. Read more from Dr. Bahgat’s published article here.  The Read More >

Iran’s Ballistic-Missile and Space Program: An Assessment

Since the early 1970s, Iran has sought to develop strong missile capabilities. In recent years, Tehran’s arsenal has evolved to become the largest and most diverse in the Middle East, though not the most lethal or longest-range. Israel and Saudi Arabia have also developed formidable capabilities. Iran’s program, however, has attracted more political and academic Read More >

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