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Oil Prices and Strategic Implications

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA discusses recent oil prices and strategic implications. In April 2020, oil prices collapsed to their lowest level ever. Producers had to pay consumers to take oil. Since then, prices have partly recovered. This severe fluctuation raises serious concerns about the strategic implications on oil-producing countries.               Read More >

Prisons in Argentina: Criminal Justice Reform and Penitentiary Agencies amidst COVID-19

Fernando Gabriel Zarabozo, NESA Alumnus We live in emergency times. COVID-19 has upended our lives and it is difficult to foresee when, if ever, we will get back to “normal”.  Not only have we established habits of social distancing and quarantine, but we have also witnessed some major economic repercussions.  Authorities try to maintain order, Read More >

The NESA Region in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center During a webinar organized by Beirut Institute Summit last week, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash was asked whether there was concern that Iran may provoke a confrontation in the region. In response, Minister Gargash emphasized that “the region, like all regions in Read More >

Leadership Lessons in Crisis, the Jordanian Model

Emil Abujaber, NESA Alumnus, CEO and co-founder of Alhadaf organization Sirens and heavy military equipment roaming the streets of a country usually trigger fear and trauma, thought not as much in Jordan. The COVID-19 pandemic’s rapid spread has left most countries without a sense of security, and it has undoubtedly put government leaders under stress Read More >

Covid-19 and Sustainability in the Arab Region

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Michael Sharnoff, NESA Center For decades, Middle Eastern countries, particularly resource-poor countries like Egypt and those of the Levant, have struggled to sustain their populations due to high birthrates and weak economies. Unemployment was high in the Middle East before Covid-19, and disparities of wealth were one catalyst for the Arab Spring Read More >

Covid-19: The Moroccan Experience in Managing the Crisis

Hicham Tahiri-Alaoui, NESA Alumnus At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, most underestimated the impact and scale of the virus. Citizens in Morocco thought this epidemic and later pandemic, would follow the course of previous health crises that spread on a more limited scale. The decision-makers, on the other hand, were anxiously observing the quick Read More >

The Global Collapse of Oil Prices – What Lies Ahead?

NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat writes about the plummeting price of oil which, on April 20th, fell into negative territory for the first time in history. Sellers paid customers to take unwanted oil, highlighting the industry’s disarray and raising several important questions: why this extreme volatility? How will the United States respond as the world’s largest Read More >

The Coronavirus Effect on U.S. Defense Funding and Readiness

Sam Marrero, NESA Center The Coronavirus has affected every facet of American life; the military and Department of Defense (DoD) are no exception. This new threat to critical security can’t be physically overwhelmed with force or superior firepower. The preferred tool of American statecraft – the military – must outmaneuver the coronavirus using a strategy Read More >

Impact of the Coronavirus on Arab Gulf States

بالعربية Pусский Dave DesRoches, NESA Center The novel coronavirus is a traumatic event for the Arab states of the Gulf, surpassing even the security challenges posed by the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the events following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.  The Arab Gulf states are all export economies that are reliant Read More >

The Egyptian experience with the Covid-19 pandemic

Brigadier Gen (ret) Tarek Mohamed Galal  Senior Researcher, Crisis & Disaster Management Dept., Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), Egyptian Cabinet; NESA Alumnus The Covid-19 virus is spreading all over the world and causing panic everywhere.  Thousands of new infections and hundreds of deaths are announced daily, and many cities and even entire countries are Read More >

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