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Covid-19 and Security Issues at the NESA and Global Levels

Mourad Belhassen, NESA Alumnus and Director of Cultural Diplomacy and Strategic Planning, Tunisian MFA; former Ambassador of Tunisia to Indonesia Themes at the heart of the global security community debate: From the outset, it should be emphasized that the outbreak of the Coronavirus took many nations around the world by surprise, including those thought best Read More >

Redefining Security Post-Covid-19

NESA Professor Anne Moisan continued the NESA-AFRICOM virtual roundtable series on July 16 with a select group of alumni and an AFRICOM representative.  Four presenters were asked to examine a number of issues that impact the shift from hard security and the military to a broader range of security issues in North Africa amidst the Read More >

The Coronavirus is a Turning Point in the Global Order

Sam Marrero, NESA Center Henry Kissinger wrote in an article for the Wall Street Journal last month: “The Coronavirus Pandemic will forever alter the global order….when it is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed.” The current global system, the result of a deal struck in 1945 at Bretton Woods which institutionalized Read More >

Algeria: Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Era

Arslan Chikhaoui, NESA Alumnus and Executive Chairman of the Consultancy and Studies Center  New Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, elected on 12 December 2019 after taking 58% of the votes cast, rolled out a roadmap to address three major concomitant challenges: political stability, security, and the revitalization of the economy. It is a real race against Read More >

Iraq’s New Leadership: Hopes and Expectations

بالعربية Pусский Hassan Abbas, NESA Center After a prolonged political deadlock, Iraq finally has a new prime minister: former Iraqi intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, an independent candidate. The task before him is gigantic, with challenges ranging from economic crisis due to coronavirus and collapsing oil revenues, to deteriorating relations with the U.S. and a worsening 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 >

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 >

Corona in Lebanon and Algeria: A Worrying Future

بالعربية Pусский Zine Labidine Ghebouli, NESA Alumnus, Algerian activist, blogger, and student at AUB As the entire world is facing the corona pandemic and preparing itself for the socioeconomic and political repercussions, Algeria and Lebanon are also struggling to find their way back to stability. Both countries have been witnessing popular protests over the past Read More >

COVID-19: Health and Economic Crises

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Since mid-February, people in the NESA region and around the world have been suffering from two overlapping crises – a health crisis and an economic one. Turkey and Iran have had the largest number of infected cases, but the virus has not spared any country in the region or Read More >

Iran has Plans to Harm Trump’s Re-election Chances

“Kata’ib Hezbollah fired rockets at a US base in Taji, north of Baghdad on Wednesday March 11th, and the base was attacked again a few days later. Could the fact that the base was attacked twice in a week be a coincidence?” Read NESA Alumnus Dr. Dania Khatib’s editorial in the Arab News here.

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