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China’s Territorial Ambition in Central Asia

By MAJ Naoki Tajiri, Japanese Army, 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 1948 and Xinjiang Read More >

Executive Seminar: “Unseen Opponents: The Security Challenges of Pandemics”

December 7-17, 2020 – Dr. Michael Sharnoff, supported by Dr. Hassan Abbas and Col. Daniel Curfiss, coordinated the NESA Center Executive Seminar attended by 93 foreign policy and security professionals from 23 countries. The theme of the seminar was “Unseen Opponents: The Security Challenges of Pandemics.” Participants were to achieve a set of objectives at Read More >

Algeria in Transition

23 November 2020 – The eighth edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series features a very open and candid discussion with Mr. Zine Labidine Ghebouli on the state of the Hirak in Algeria in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent November 2020 constitutional referendum. Mr. Ghebouli also discusses the future prospects for Read More >

Outside Players and Partners in Algeria – Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

The sixth iteration of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series features a discussion with Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui, Executive Chairman of the Algiers-based Nord-Sud Ventures Consultancy Center.  The conversation focuses on outside players and partners in Algeria within the context of so-called “great power competition”.  Dr. Arslan discusses the historic and current relations with the EU Read More >

CTSES and Washington Seminar on Violent Extremism

  From 8-17 September 2020, Professor Brianne Todd led 42 participants from 27 countries through a virtual exploration of the theme, “Innovative Approaches to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism,” during the NESA Center’s Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES). The seminar began with NESA Center Director LTG (ret) Terry Wolff briefing the group on Read More >

Building Trust – Generational, and with the State in the Time of Covid-19

On 04 September, Professor Anne Moisan hosted the seventh edition of the NESA-AFRICOM roundtable webinar series,“Building Trust – Generational and with the State in the Time of Covid-19.”  Recent polls have demonstrated that mass popular trust in institutions is at its lowest with only 20% expressing confidence in the system that governs them, 73% looking Read More >

Roundtable with Congresswoman Lois Frankel

  On September 3rd, 2020 the NESA Center hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with The Honorable Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21). Frankel discussed women’s role in security, specifying the importance of closing the gender gap, women’s rights to healthcare, reproductive care, access to education and the value of bipartisanship. NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat shared lessons Read More >

IOR Green Water Workshop

From 17-20 August 2020, the NESA Center conducted the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Green Water Workshop.  Over 70 participants hailing from all areas within the Indian Ocean Region took part in this digital workshop and represented regional navies, regional coast guard and maritime law enforcement, think tanks and research institutions, and diplomatic services. Topics of Read More >

View from Egypt: Government Approach to Reopening the Economy

Brigadier Gen (ret) Tarek Mohamed Galal, NESA Alumnus and Senior Researcher, Crisis & Disaster Management Dept., Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), Egyptian Cabinet بالعربية The coronavirus pandemic has resulted not only in widespread health crises and human suffering, but also dire global economic consequences. While many countries were able to reopen their economies after Read More >

Maritime Security Series: China’s Outreach in the Western Indian Ocean Region

The sixth digital session of NESA’s IOR Maritime Security Series focused on China’s outreach in the Western Indian Ocean Region.  Speakers were Dr. Jonathan Fulton of Zayed University, Dr. Christopher Yung, Dean of the War College at Marines Corps University, and Ms. Carice Witte, Executive Director of SIGNAL.  The conversation covers China’s interests in the Read More >

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