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POMED asked fifteen experts "How Should the Biden Administration Support Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East a...
06/17/2021
Expert Q&A – Beyond Rhetoric: How Should the Biden Administration Support Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa?

POMED asked fifteen experts "How Should the Biden Administration Support Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa?" NESA alumna Hala Bugaighis was one of the featured experts. Read in full below. Available in English and Arabic.
https://pomed.org/expert-qa-beyond-rhetoric-how-should-the-biden-administration-support-human-rights-and-democracy-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa/?utm_source=Project+on+Middle+East+Democracy+-+All+Contacts&utm_campaign=3ff69dcd42-jan25anniversary_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_75a06056d7-3ff69dcd42-215977590

The Biden administration has made support for human rights and democracy around the world a prominent rhetorical focus of its foreign policy. Soon after taking office, President Joseph R. Biden pledged to center U.S. foreign policy “on

06/15/2021
Syria Next | Near East South Asia Center

NESA alumnus Matthew Woollen argues that Syria will once again be a force to contend with in Middle East regional politics in the near future.
Read in full below: https://nesa-center.org/syria-next/

Syria Next By: Matthew Wollen, F GS-13 USAF AFSOC OC/SPDP 14 June 2021   Introduction Throughout the decades following WWII, the U.S. was the dominant economic, political, and military influencer in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, Israel, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iran all benefitte...

NESA Professor David Des Roches participated in an American Security Project panel on "Maintaining a Security Presence i...
06/07/2021
Event Recap: Maintaining A Strategic U.S. Presence in the Persian Gulf

NESA Professor David Des Roches participated in an American Security Project panel on "Maintaining a Security Presence in the Persian Gulf." Watch in full through the link below.
https://www.americansecurityproject.org/event-recap-maintaining-a-strategic-u-s-presence-in-the-persian-gulf/

On May 26, the American Security Project held a virtual event with Dr. Khalid Al-Hater, Director of Planning and Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret), Colonel David Des Roches, and Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USA (Ret.) t...

NESA Professors Michael Sharnoff and David Des Roches were two of several analysts quoted in QPosts (Arabic) about Israe...
06/07/2021
مكاسب "حماس" وإسرائيل كمن يهيم من دون رأس.. والسلطة تأكل أظافرها - كيو بوست

NESA Professors Michael Sharnoff and David Des Roches were two of several analysts quoted in QPosts (Arabic) about Israeli - Hamas fighting in Gaza. Read in full below.

كيوبوست تغيرات عديدة فرضتها الاشتباكات الأخيرة بين إسرائيل وحركة حماس في غزة؛ صحيح أن بداية الاشتباكات بين الفلسطينيين والإسرائيليين في القدس، وتحديداً بحي الشيخ ...

06/02/2021
Omani Diplomatic Institute Seminar | Near East South Asia Center

From 24 to 26 May 2021, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) held a virtual seminar with the Omani Diplomatic Institute in Muscat. Fourteen Omani diplomats participated in the seminar. NESA experts covered a variety of topics including the Biden Administration policy toward the Middle East, U.S. military engagement in the region, global power competition, Asian powers, technology and national security, and regional security. The broad objective of the seminar was to engage in a strategic dialogue between NESA experts and the Omani diplomats. The two sides hope to hold similar events in Muscat and Washington DC in the near future.
https://nesa-center.org/omani-diplomatic-institute-seminar/

Omani Diplomatic Institute Seminar 24–26 May 2021 – In late May 2021 the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) held a virtual seminar with the Omani Diplomatic Institute in Muscat. Fourteen Omani diplomats participated in the seminar. NESA experts covered a variety of topics i...

05/27/2021
Migration Workshop | Near East South Asia Center

From 25 to 26 May 2021, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), in partnership with the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies (GCMC) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), conducted a Migration Workshop. The two-day program was comprised of four separate panels with eight speakers from various parts of the region. Thirty-two participants from North Africa, the Levant, Europe, and Brazil participated in the online workshop. Rad more about it below.
https://nesa-center.org/migration-workshop/

Migration Workshop From 25 to 26 May 2021, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), in partnership with the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies (GCMC) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), conducted a Migration Workshop. The two-day program was comp...

05/26/2021
MENA Regional Waters: A Workshop on the Red Sea/Arabian Sea Smuggling Conundrum | Near East South Asia Center

From 18 to 19 May, the NESA Center conducted a workshop focused on the maritime security environment in the Red and Arabian Seas. Specifically, the program centered on analyzing illicit networks in the maritime domain. This workshop brought together 34 participants from seven regional states and was supported by USCENTCOM. Read more about it below.
https://nesa-center.org/mena-regional-waters-a-workshop-on-the-red-sea-arabian-sea-smuggling-conundrum/

MENA Regional Waters: A Workshop on the Red Sea/Arabian Sea Smuggling Conundrum 18–19 May 2021 – The Near East South (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a workshop focused on the maritime security environment in the Red and Arabian Seas. Specifically, the program centered on analyzing ...

Be sure to read NESA alumnus Emadeddin Badi's latest article in War on the Rocks on Turkey's interventionism in Libya an...
05/24/2021
To Advance Its Own Interests, Turkey Should Now Help Stabilize Libya - War on the Rocks

Be sure to read NESA alumnus Emadeddin Badi's latest article in War on the Rocks on Turkey's interventionism in Libya and its potential for stabilizing Libya.
https://warontherocks.com/2021/05/to-advance-its-own-interests-turkey-should-now-help-stabilize-libya/

Ten years into Libya’s revolution, the proliferation of armed actors and a succession of sclerotic governments have taken their toll on the country’s

05/24/2021
The Biden Administration and Artificial Intelligence: The New Driver of Policy in South Asia | Near East South Asia Center

In the ninth segment of the NESA South Asia Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Dr. Al Naqvi, CEO of the American Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI). The ideas expressed here are drawn from a conversation between Professors Hassan Abbas and Al Naqvi. Read in full below.
https://nesa-center.org/the-biden-administration-and-artificial-intelligence-the-new-driver-of-policy-in-south-asia/

The Biden Administration and Artificial Intelligence: The New Driver of Policy in South Asia Dr. Al Naqvi In the ninth segment of the NESA Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Dr. Al Naqvi, CEO of the American Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI). The ideas expressed here are d...

Check out NESA alumnus Mustafa Fetouri's latest article for Middle East Monitor on the impact of improved Ankara-Cairo t...
05/13/2021
How improved Ankara-Cairo ties reflect positively on Tripoli

Check out NESA alumnus Mustafa Fetouri's latest article for Middle East Monitor on the impact of improved Ankara-Cairo ties on Tripoli.

Cairo and Ankara have been on opposite sides for much of the last eight years. Ankara saw the rise of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to power in 2013 and the imprisonment of its ally, former President...

NESA Professor Gawdat Bahgat published an article, "Solving the Nuclear Stalemate between Iran and the United States," f...
05/10/2021
Solving the Nuclear Stalemate between Iran and the United States

NESA Professor Gawdat Bahgat published an article, "Solving the Nuclear Stalemate between Iran and the United States," for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He argues that, "To reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and provide an effective security apparatus across the region, all Middle Eastern countries need to move beyond a zero-sum mentality." Read in full below.
https://www.thecairoreview.com/essays/solving-the-nuclear-stalemate-between-iran-and-the-united-states/

To reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and provide an effective security apparatus across the region, all Middle Eastern countries need to move beyond a zero-sum mentality.

05/07/2021
Roundtable Discussion with Armenian Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Varuzhan Nersesyan | Near East South Asia Center

On 06 May, the NESA Center held a roundtable discussion with the Armenian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan. H.E. Varuzhan Nersesyan has served as the Ambassador to the United States since November 2018. NESA Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas moderated the discussion. The ambassador offered insights into the regional security dynamics and consequences of the recent conflict, including the humanitarian impact. U.S.-Armenian relations also came up in the discussions between the NESA faculty and the ambassador with a focus on the need for peacebuilding and stability in the region.
https://nesa-center.org/roundtable-discussion-with-armenian-ambassador-to-the-united-states-h-e-varuzhan-nersesyan/

Roundtable Discussion with Armenian Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Varuzhan Nersesyan 6 May 2021 – The NESA Center held a roundtable discussion with the Armenian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan. H.E. Varuzhan Nersesyan has served as the Ambassador to the U...

05/06/2021
Bay of Bengal Maritime Workshop | Near East South Asia Center

From 27 to 29 April, the NESA Center hosted a maritime and regional security workshop in a partnership with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) that focused on the changing environmental and strategic challenges in the Bay of Bengal region. NESA's Jeffrey Payne and NMF's VAdm Pradeep Chahaun served as the primary hosts for the event. Read more about it here: https://nesa-center.org/bay-of-bengal-maritime-workshop/

Bay of Bengal Maritime Workshop 27–29 April 2021 – The NESA Center hosted a maritime and regional security workshop in a partnership with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) that focused on the changing environmental and strategic challenges in the Bay of Bengal region. The workshop was kicke...

05/04/2021
New Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean: Shared Concerns and Opportunities from Bangladesh Perspective | Near East South Asia Center

NESA alumnus Prof. Shahab Enam Khan gives his thoughts on new maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region from a Bangladesh perspective. Read in full below.
https://nesa-center.org/new-maritime-security-challenges-in-the-indian-ocean-shared-concerns-and-opportunities-from-bangladesh-perspective/

New Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean: Shared Concerns and Opportunities from Bangladesh Perspective By Professor Shahab Enam Khan, Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, and Research Director, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.[1] 3 May 2021 “Wit...

Read NESA alumnus Emadeddin Badi’s latest for the Atlantic Council. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/deb...
04/30/2021
Déby’s death: A microcosm of the flaws of French foreign policy in Libya - Atlantic Council

Read NESA alumnus Emadeddin Badi’s latest for the Atlantic Council.
https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/debys-death-a-microcosm-of-the-flaws-of-french-foreign-policy-in-libya/

Far from being the sole architect of his premature death, the conditions that led to Chadian President Idriss Déby’s passing are also a direct byproduct of the myopic policies of his main Western ally—France—in neighboring Libya.

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