Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies: Building Relationships, Enhancing Security
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies NESA Center is the preeminent U.S. Government institution for building relationships and understanding in the region. Approved by the Secretary of Defense in 2000, the center was formally launched in October of that year. The youngest of the Department of Defense DOD regional centers, it covers one of the most diverse and volatile areas of the world, stretching from the western end of North Africa to the Himalayas - from Marrakech to Bangladesh. The region includes that part of the world where the United States has the greatest number of combat troops deployed - more than 250,000 military and civilian personnel in the U.S. Central Command USCENTCOM countries alone. Many look at the NESA region and see a confusing sea of ethnic and sectarian conflict sitting atop oil reserves and wonder how the United States can play a positive role. The NESA Center has a clear answer through dialogue, building relationships, and constant communication and engagement, just as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated in his confirmation hearing. These are the bedrock principles of the center and are reflected in everything we do - from seminars and workshops, to sustaining engagement with current and former participants, to strategic communication and outreach efforts.
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