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Blacklisting the Houthis: What is the Price – What is the Gain?

By LtCol Michael von Normann, German Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group, Middle East Branch 9 Feb 2021 Introduction: On December 30, 2020, three precision-guided missiles struck Aden Airport where a plane carrying Yemeni cabinet members had just landed. The strike killed twenty-seven people and wounded over 130. Read More >

40 Years Later: The Role of Algerian Diplomacy During the Iran Hostage Crisis

by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui Executive Chairman, Nord-Sud Ventures Consultancy Center and NESA Alumnus 25 January 2021 – On January 20, 1981, an “Air Algérie” Aircraft landed on the tarmac at Algiers international airport, coming from Tehran, with 52 American diplomats on board, who had just been freed after 444 days of being held hostage at 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 >

Maritime Dimensions of Regional Rivalries in the Gulf

In this conversation on maritime-related topics in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), NESA Professor COL (ret.) David Des Roches presents in detail on the complex security situation in the Persian Gulf and how such complexity has direct and substantial impacts throughout the larger IOR. The views presented in this article are those of the speaker Read More >

The Need to Stand Up an Emergency Response Task Force in the Gulf

  Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib, August 31 2020 No matter who wins the United States presidential election in November, Iran will remain a focal point for United States foreign policy. Whether the Trump Administration continues its maximum pressure policy or a new Biden Administration plans on a return to the JCPOA, a back channel for Read More >

Afghanistan’s Changing Dynamics of Peace and Conflict

Ali Jalali, NESA Center, discusses four issue sets that define the security environment in Afghanistan. Regional and non-regional actors hold influence in Afghan politics, the economy is in fluctuation, and internal security remains a challenge. The remarks of Jalali, the former Afghan Minister of Interior, elucidate the situation in Afghanistan right now. The views presented Read More >

Politics and Security in Iraq Today

Dr. Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor at NESA, provides a context for the current political and security situation in Iraq. He describes how the legacy of the Hussein regime still impacts all of Iraq, along with the current impacts of sectarian divisions, the actions of ISIL, and the actions of regional and non regional powers. Dr. Read More >

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Main Factors Ascending Their Rivalry In the Middle East Since the Islamic Revolution

The struggle for influence between Riyadh and Tehran has reached its highest level to encompass nearly every conflict within the Middle East. Although sectarianism has been the main aspect characterizing this rivalry, this research extends far beyond the sectarian reading of the crisis. In fact, it explores further political and economic factors that brought these Read More >

The Gulf in a Wider Context: Outside Nation-States in the Intensifying Iranian-Arab Security Competition

Russell contends that Iran’s relations with its Arab neighbors do not take place in a hermetically sealed regional environment. Rather, both Iran and the Arab states balance one another by leveraging relationships with nation-states from outside the Gulf. He addresses the role of foreign powers in shaping Iran-Arab relations. The chapter traces the evolution of Read More >

Security and Bilateral Issues between Iran and its Arab Neighbours

This book provides a detailed analysis of the complicated relations between Iran and its Arab neighbours. Arab perceptions of Iran, its regional policies and role in the Arab region, have never been more complicated than today. How is one to make sense of the increasingly complex and at times tense relationship between Iran and its Read More >

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