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Iran’s South Korea-Flagged Oil Tanker Seizure: What Does this Action Mean?

By Lieutenant Colonel Youngsuk Lee, Republic of Korea Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 8 Feb 2021 Introduction: On 5 January 2021, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized the South Korea-flagged oil tanker M/T HANKUK CHEMI in the Strait of Hormuz. As a justification, Iran cited alleged Read More >

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 >

India’s Strategic Rise, South Asia’s Choices, and Great Power Competition with Dr. Thomas Lynch

14 January 2021 – In the first iteration of the IOR digital series in 2021, Dr. Thomas Lynch of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU) joins NESA’s Jeffrey Payne to discuss his views on Great Power Competition, U.S.-India bilateral relations, and the trajectory of India as an actor of 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 >

Senior Executive Seminar – Gray Zone Warfare and Great Power Competition

16-20 November 2020 – the NESA Center held a Senior Executive Seminar themed “Gray Zone Warfare and Great Power Competition.” The week-long seminar is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the evolving nature of modern warfare as waged by whole of government, using elements beyond conventional military. Gray zone warfare is waged not just in Read More >

IMOF – Great Power Competition Implications for CENTCOM AOR

November 17-19, 2020 – NESA held an International Military Officers’ Forum (IMOF) seminar themed “Great Power Competition and Implications for Central Command’s Region.” The three day seminar featured internationally-recognized scholar-practitioners on the NESA Center faculty and elsewhere. The program was designed to educate over 150 foreign military officers stationed at U.S. Central Command as well 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 >

NESA IOR Digital Series with Dr. Joshua Tallis

In this iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series, Jeff Payne is joined by Dr. Joshua Tallis of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). The conversation centers on how various illicit activities at sea overlap in the tools and methodologies used. As such, efforts at counterterrorism at sea, drug interdiction, or even counter-smuggling, build the 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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