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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 >

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 >

Covid-19: Thoughts from Tunisia

Brig. Gen. (ret) Khalifa Nafti, NESA Alumnus In Tunisia, we have started calling our medical personnel “soldiers in white coats”.  Like the other countries of the world, we consider our country at war against this unexpected and unwelcome virus. We rely on people’s positive energy during these critical times and understand that we all need Read More >

Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief following COVID-19

بالعربية Pусский Jeff Payne, NESA Center Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HADR) operations are a constant within multilateral security cooperation.  Rarely controversial, these operations bolster nation states against emergencies by deepening and routinizing international partnerships and are often seen as a mechanism for building inter-operability amongst state security services while enhancing other forms of security cooperation.  Unfortunately, Read More >

Geopolitics of Oil

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center Last week, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States led a multinational coalition in major oil production cuts, the largest in world’s history, after a drop in demand due to the Coronavirus crisis and a Saudi-Russian feud devastated oil prices. Twenty three countries committed to withhold collectively 9.7 Read More >

Managing Systemic Risks During the Pandemic

Author Asanga Abeyagoonasekera is an alumnus of the NESA Center. He is the author of ‘Sri Lanka at Crossroads’ (WorldScientific, Singapore). He was the former Director General at the national security think tank INSSSL under the Ministry of Defence and former Executive Director at the foreign policy think tank LKIIRSS under the Ministry of Foreign Read More >

Turkey, US and Russia may Prioritize Stability in Syria

“US President Donald Trump on Tuesday March 31st had a phone call with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss cease-fires in Libya and Syria in the light of the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a very positive sign that, when facing the same threat, which does not differentiate between nations, ethnicities or Read More >

Russia may Revive Astana Talks amid Virus Distraction

“Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in late March to discuss the cease-fire in Idlib. While the West is scrambling to manage the coronavirus pandemic and Syria is not on its radar, Russia might find an opportunity to revive the stalled Astana talks — the parallel course to the Geneva Read More >

Global Supply Chains and Balancing Medical Need

باللغة العربية Jeff Payne, NESA Center, 1 April 2020 Governments around the world remain fixated on addressing the immediate challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The immediate costs, both social and fiscal, of addressing the viral outbreak will be high virtually everywhere.  The secondary costs will also be high and require reflection on standard procedures Read More >

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