Upcoming Programs 2016-2017

The NESA Center’s Upcoming Programs for the 2016-2017 year in Washington, DC. For more information on registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Senior Executive Seminar (27 FEB – 03 MAR 2017)

“The New Administration Takes the Helm”

In January 2017, the Obama administration will officially end, and a new leadership will take over.  The NESA region will undoubtedly remain fraught with security problems and other challenges that will require the new administration’s attention.  Who this new administration is, and what might be their priorities, will be the focus of this seminar – especially important for senior officials who work with American counterparts on a regular basis, or who believe that the US’s role in their region is essential to understand.


Executive Seminar 2 (11-24 MAR 2017)

“New Security Challenges within the NESA Region”

This seminar will examine the traditional and non-traditional threats to the NESA countries.  Most likely, groups like Da’esh (ISIS) will remain problematic, and will take up a good deal of attention within the region.  But other challenges, ranging from human security issues to bilateral disputes need to be prioritized and addressed.  Comparing how these challenges affect the countries of the NESA region will be a central element of this seminar.


Senior Executive Seminar (CTFP) (08-19 MAY 2017)

“Major Regional and Non-Regional Actors’ Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism”

This seminar will look at the strategies countries within the NESA region are using to counter violent extremist organizations.  Are there similar methods and collaboration?  Where are approaches different, and which ones are effective?  Non-regional actors are critical, as well, so part of the seminar will focus on how these external interests play a role in addressing violent extremist organizations within the NESA region and beyond.


Emerging Leaders Executive Seminar (11-22 SEP 2017)

“Beyond ‘Whole of Government’ Approaches to Regional Security”

Traditionally, ‘security’ is the domain of specific ministries within governments. Over time, many governments within the NESA region have adopted a ‘whole of government’ approach, or at least have attempted to do so. In this, issues such as education, development, social concerns and the like are important in a broader view of security.  In this seminar, we will compare and contrast these approaches, considering the fact that perhaps we have to create a more inclusive approach to security, which involves other actors within society – a ‘whole of society’ approach.