Education. Engagement. Outreach.

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies is the premier Department of Defense institution for building relations and understanding in the NESA region. A team of 30+ security professionals located at the National Defense University campus at Fort McNair, the NESA Center provides education, engagement, and outreach programs to security, defense, and diplomatic leaders from over 30 countries.

Authorized under 10 U.S.C. Section 184 and founded in 2000, the NESA Center utilizes academic forums to accomplish its mission and has built an international alumni network of over 7,000 security leaders. The NESA Center, along with the four other DoD Regional Centers, organizes conferences, seminars, workshops, and Track II diplomatic efforts that are hosted in region, in partner countries, and in Washington, DC.