RCSS is a networking partner of the Near East and South Asia Centre for Strategic Studies (NESA), of the US National Defence University in Washington D.C.
Established in 2000, NESA is considered a preeminent US government institution for building relationships and understanding in the Near East and South Asia region. The mission of NESA is 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 frank interaction in an academic environment.
The Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centres (RNSSC) of NESA envisages creating more space for interactive dialogue and increased practical cooperation among premiere institutions dealing with security in the respective countries, namely, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Through RNSSC, NESA organizes activities enabling participants from the region to meet several times a year to expand the strategic dialogue, in response to regional suggestions for more avenues of dialogue and cooperation in meeting security challenges. It promotes strategic thinking at the regional level by disseminating collaboratively developed research, thinking and publications throughout the region.
RCSS has been an active participant in the meetings of RNSSC organized at frequent intervals, related to the subjects of, Counterterrorism; Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD); Non Traditional Security Issues (NTSI); and Democracy and Governance. Members of RCSS are constituents of the four respective Working Groups focusing on each of the subjects. The working groups meet on a regular basis, several times in a year, to share their views and eventually, contribute towards policy formulation.
RCSS plays an active role in the Network and has been participating in the working group meetings, from their inception. Additionally, RCSS has co-hosted two RNSSC Meetings in Colombo in October last year, of the Working Groups on WMD and NTSI. RCSS was pleased to host in July 2009 meetings of the same Working Groups, that is, WMD and NTSI.
Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers
In response to regional suggestions for more avenues of dialogue and cooperation in meeting security challenges, several times a year the Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers (RSS) brings together government-affiliated institutes from countries in the Near East and South Asia region to expand strategic dialogue. It promotes strategic thinking at the regional level by disseminating collaboratively-developed research, thinking and publications throughout the region.
These published analyses are intended to assist policymakers and defense educators in their professional endeavors. The Network Initiative, intended as a partnership with the countries of the NESA region, currently enjoys co-sponsorship from the Institute for Strategic Studies, Research, and Analysis, National Defense College, Pakistan; the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) in Ankara and the National Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense College, Jordan. Other Centers from around the region have taken a leading role in chairing the standing working groups and other projects of the network.
The network conducts business through both traditional face-to-face meetings and working group activities and virtual activities, including information sharing, online publications/periodicals, online curricula, discussion/chat features, and a content/resource library
The NESA Center offers access to research tools and other resources on strategic issues, technical assistance (including hardware and networking requirements) and publications support. It can also serve as a hub for coordinating activities and meetings, and web site management.
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