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Why Northeast India Matters For Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision?

by Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah, NESA Alumnus and Professor and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Kaziranga University, Assam, India. The recent visit of the Ambassador of Japan to Assam is very significant. This comes against the background of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) Vision. This development also has to be seen in conjunction with initiatives like Read More >

Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges with Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

22 January 2021 – In the eleventh edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series, Mr. Fahad Malaikah hosts Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera for a discussion of his new book, “Conundrum of an Island: Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges”. Mr. Abeyagoonasekera sheds light on what inspired him to write the book as well as the various topics 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 >

Political Trends in Pakistan and what to expect from the Kabul-Taliban Negotiations? A Conversation with South Asia scholar Dr. Marvin Weinbaum

In the seventh segment of the NESA Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum, who is serving as the Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is Professor Emeritus of political science. Dr. Weinbaum also served as an analyst for Read More >

Russia’s Stakes in the Indian Ocean Region

In the 14th iteration of NESA’s IOR Digital Series, Jeff Payne is joined by NESA’s Academic Dean, Dr. Roger Kangas, for a conversation on Russia’s stakes in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and how Russian strategic thinking will impact not only the Indian Ocean rim, but also the wider Eurasian area. The views presented in 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 >

An Alternative Approach to Regional Security in the Middle East

NESA Alumnus Eman Ragab writes for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs on the persisting lack of a multi-lateral security force for the Middle East. The recently U.S.-proposed anti-Iran Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) and the European-led missions to secure navigation in the Persian Gulf again force the consideration of this issue. U.S. and European Read More >

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