Mission & Vision


NESA Mission
To enhance security in the Near East and South Asia by building sustained, mutually beneficial relationships; fostering regional cooperation on security issues; and promoting effective communications and strategic capacity through free and candid interaction in an academic environment.

NESA Vision
To build sustained, engaged communities of influence and partnership among security professionals and leaders in the NESA region.

When the Department of Defense recognized the need for an organization to serve and support the challenging region that extends from North Africa, across the Arabian Peninsula and into South Asia, the time had come for the birth of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA).

In meeting its challenge to enhance security in the Near East and South Asia by building sustained, mutually beneficial relationships; fostering regional cooperation on security issues; and promoting effective communications and strategic capacity through free and candid interaction in an academic environment, the NESA Center has produced more than 8,000 alumni, more than a third of whom have achieved flag or general officer rank or the civilian equivalent.

While the Department of Defense funds and oversees NESA, the Center also has close ties to the Department of State, so participants in NESA programs are introduced to the thinking and operation at both of these departments as they learn the structure and functions of the U.S. government.

Achieving the NESA Mission

The following activities lead to achieving our core mission of developing a well-informed network of influence in the region:
  • Sponsoring foundational seminars, primarily in Washington, D.C.
  • Establishing a forward office in the region.
  • Reaching a larger audience of strategic thinkers and adding depth via a robust program of local and in-region engagement activities.
  • Sustaining interest and promoting growth through outreach and alumni activities.