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Omani Diplomatic Institute Seminar

From 16 to 18 August 2021, experts from the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies arranged a three-day virtual seminar with 23 distinguished Omani diplomats to exchange their perspectives of the ongoing opportunities and challenges in the Middle East writ large. The overarching objective of this seminar was to promote mutual cooperation Read More >

Algerian Foreign Policy in the Post-Pandemic Era

By Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui, Chairman of Nordsudventures.com 20 August 2021 While the post-pandemic era will see a major shift in Algeria’s foreign policy strategy, its basic tenets remain steadfast and dependent on principles of self-determination, respect for the sovereignty of other states, and non-interference in their internal affairs. Through its diplomacy and international lobbying actions, Read More >

Tunisian National Defense Institute National Security Seminar

On March 24–25, 2021 – The NESA Center in partnership with US Africa Command held its tenth annual Tunisian National Defense Institute (NDI) National Security Seminar for 45 senior government officials from 14 Tunisian agencies. The NDI led by the Director, Commodore Faouzi Zaiem, is a year-long Ministry of Defense program. It’s now in its Read More >

Iran and Regional Security

By NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat 18 March 2021 In November 2020, only days before he was elected President of the United States, then-candidate Joseph Biden stated, “I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as Read More >

Impact of COVID on Global Power Competition

by Matthew Woollen, NESA Alumnus and Program Analyst, United States Air Force Special Operations Command Despite an early belief, particularly in the United States, that the world would return to “normal” in short order following the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s now obvious the global impacts of the virus are long term. The duration and degree 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 >

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 >