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Blacklisting the Houthis: What is the Price – What is the Gain?

By LtCol Michael von Normann, German Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group, Middle East Branch 9 Feb 2021 Introduction: On December 30, 2020, three precision-guided missiles struck Aden Airport where a plane carrying Yemeni cabinet members had just landed. The strike killed twenty-seven people and wounded over 130. Read More >

China’s Territorial Ambition in Central Asia

  By MAJ Naoki Tajiri, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 4 Feb 2021 Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has restarted China’s revisionism along with their ambition of territorial expansion and accelerated their long-term plans. After World War II, China advanced westward and invaded Tibet in Read More >

Great Power Competition within the NESA AOR

8 December 2020 – In the newest iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series, NESA Professors Richard Russell, Brianne Todd, and Academic Dean Roger Kangas take a deep dive into how the concepts surrounding Great Power Competition apply to NESA’s Area of Responsibility (AOR). The final installment of the series for calendar-year 2020 was moderated, Read More >

IMOF – Great Power Competition Implications for CENTCOM AOR

November 17-19, 2020 – NESA held an International Military Officers’ Forum (IMOF) seminar themed “Great Power Competition and Implications for Central Command’s Region.” The three day seminar featured internationally-recognized scholar-practitioners on the NESA Center faculty and elsewhere. The program was designed to educate over 150 foreign military officers stationed at U.S. Central Command as well Read More >

MARSEC Perspectives with Rear Admiral Curt Renshaw

3 November 2020 – The newest iteration of NESA’s IOR digital series features perspectives on maritime security by RDML Curt Renshaw, Deputy Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command. RDML Renshaw discusses not only the complex set of challenges in the waters of the larger MENA region, but he also highlights how the pandemic of Read More >

Houthi’s Indoctrination of Yemen’s Youth; How to Untie the Gordian Knot of Educational Oppression?

By LtCol Michael von Normann, German Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group, Middle East Branch 21 May 2020 Summary: The Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen have established a strong system of child indoctrination and soldier recruitment through educational institutions. The plethora of negative aftershocks that come from the use Read More >

China and Pakistan Relations via the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Lieutenant Colonel Youngsuk Lee, Army of the Republic of Korea, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 7 May 2020 Summary: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a large-scale Chinese initiative to bolster economic and geopolitical ties between China and Pakistan. Economic and strategic motivations for China include the potential Read More >

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