ATA: Italy confirmed at the presidency till 2020

Fabrizio W. Luciolli has been re-elected President of the Atlantic Traty Association (ATA) on occasion of the General Assembly held in Brussels on December 3-4, 2017. "The renewal of the Italian presidency of the Atlantic Treaty Association (Ata) for the years 2018-2020 represents an important acknowledgement of the Italy's role in NATO and of the action conducted during the past years by the Italian presidency of ATA and by the Italian Atlantic Committee", declared President Luciolli. Dr. Karl A. Lamers, MdB (Germania), Mr. Magnus Nordenman (USA), Amb. Elena Poptodorova (Bulgaria) has also been elected vice presidents together with Dr. Vladan Zivulovic (Serbia), representing PfP countries.


European Defense Industry Summit

Since more than 60 years, ATA represents a unique platform able to connect selected defense industries with the academic and scientific dimension, the political elites, military departments, decision makers, specialized media and the successor generations, in order to exchange best practices and explore new opportunities to stimulate innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defense spending.

Opening Remarks delivered by President Luciolli at EDIS, Brussels, December 4, 2017


The Future of Atlanticism

Simone Zuccarelli
Coordinator YATA - Italy

The Future of Atlanticism in Italy constituted the subject of a two-days meeting that took place on November 24-25 at the Council Hall of the Municipality Palace of Velletri . The meeting gathered the leading bodies of the Italian Atlantic Committee, the Members of the Committees, President and Delegates of the local affiliated organizations and representatives of the political, military, diplomatic, academic, economic and media sectors. Such a meeting is named Italian Atlantic Council and is called on special occasions in order to define the policies for a more effective role of Italy into NATO.



New Transatlantic Relations is the program , at its 4th Edition, organized by the Italian Atlantic Committee in cooperation with Consules Association and aimed at promoting a debate among the new generations on the new challenges affecting the transatlantic relations and NATO. During December qualified professors and experts will take part in several meetings organized at different universities in Milan, Cesena-Forlì, Florence, Siena, and Rome



Among its international activities, the Italian Atlantic Committee promotes numerous dialogue and cooperation programs with NATO member states and partners in the Partnership for Peace program, the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative. A particular attention is devoted to the Balkans, the Mediterranean and Middle East region as well as the Transatlantic relations. Educational and cooperation programs  are also carried out with countries that do not belong to the NATO partnership initiatives.

NATO ARW Human Factors in the Defense Against Terrorism: The Case of Jordan



The Italian Atlantic Committee organizes training and educational activities on Atlantic and security themes aimed at civilian and military personnel. It also promotes conferences and debates in academic and educational institutions. Training and educational activities are promoted also in the international field. The Italian Atlantic Committee pays a special attention to the youth education through the organization of seminars, courses and practical activitites in Italy and abroad, intended to raise awareness among the new generations about foreign affairs, international economy, security and defense issues.


Turkey and NATO: An Enduring Alliance

Fabrizio W. Luciolli
President, Italian Atlantic Committee and Atlantic Treaty Association

Since sixty-five years, a mutual commitment links Turkey and NATO, which can hardly be scratched by contingent interests or frictions or replaced by new strategic directions. In its dialogue with Turkey, NATO once again reveals its unique role as transatlantic forum for political consultation on security issues.

Transatlantic Relations Today

Amb. Gabriele Checchia
President of the Strategic Committee
Summit 2018

The transatlantic relations, although still solid, appear today less for granted and based on praxis and certainties. Instead of a post-American Europe, it is advisable a growing cooperation between NATO and the EU, in continuity with the "spirit" and substance of the last Joint Declaration adopted on occasion of the Warsaw Summit of July 2016 and the consequent progress made on several programs.

The US National Security Strategy

Magnus Nordenman
Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association

The National Security Strategy released by the Trump administration indicates the beginning of a new proactive commitment of the United States in the world. It's not an isolationist strategy. On the contrary, it is a document strongly voted to an international perspective, with several elements of continuity. Although characterized by a lower focus on multilateralism there is a positive approach towards NATO.


Cyber Security in the US National Security Strategy

Dr. Stefano Mele
President, Cyber Security Commission

The new US National Security Strategy bases its foundations on four strategic pillars: protecting US citizens, territories and lifestyle; increase prosperity; safeguard peace through force; increase American influence. For each of these strategic pillars, the role of the Internet and information technology often represents an important element both in terms of defense, and contrast and reaction.


The Italian Cyber Security Strategy

Dr. Stefano Mele
President, Cyber Security Commission

The strengthening of the strategic role of DIS, the centrality of the Cybernetic Security Center in the area of prevention, preparation and response in case of cyber crisis, as well as the establishment of a National Evaluation and Certification Center for Security conditions and the absence of vulnerabilities on products, devices and IT systems, represent the three real novelties launched by the Government to cope with the growing cyber threat in Italy and in the world.


Al Qaeda, Islamic State and the “homegrown terrorism”

Laura Quadarella Sanfelice di Monteforte
Analyst, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The link between Islamic radicalism and the fall of the regimes that controlled much of the Middle East and North Africa is not sufficient to explain the explosion of the jihadist threat. The answer is much more complex than you might imagine.


Jordan and Counter-Radicalization

Samir Zaid Al-RIFA'I
Former Prime Minister of Jordan

What we need is a new concept of “active citizenship” and state-citizen relationship, together with a ‘theory of impact’ around economic growth, job creation and prosperity. Finally, it is time to revisit the idea of an inclusive OSCE for the Arab World.


The Future of Christians in the Greater Middle East

The Dilemma of the Iraqi Christians

H.E. Habeeb Mohammed Hadi Ali Al Sadr
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Holy See

Due to ISIS occupation of Iraq, all Christian religious leaders across the Middle East advocate swift action by the international community to save the displaced Christians, prevent their emigration from their country, and rid it of their occupiers. If the present scenario persists, we will be responsible for having inflicted a deadly blow to the multiculturality of the Iraqi identity. The new Iraqi generation is entrusted with the construction of a better future in the framework of a consolidation of Christian-Islamic relations, building bridges of peace between religions.


The Critical Need for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Francesco Zannini, PISAI
The Challenges of Christians in Turkey, Michelangelo Guida, Istanbul 29 Mayis Univ.
The Evolving Condition of Christians in the Gulf, J.L. Samaan, NATO Defense College
The Predicament of Christians in Sub-Saharan Africa, Anna Bono, University of Turin
Being a Christian in the Horn of Africa, Federico Battera, University of Trieste
Russia and the Defence of Christians in the Middle East, Marta Allevato, AsiaNews
Christian Women in the Muslim World, Marta Petrosillo, Aid to the Church in Need-Italy


Libya Starts Over from the Fight Against Terrorism

Emiliano Stornelli
Director, Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Italian Atlantic Committee

The Libyan Political Agreement signed in Morocco is the first significant result of the UN-sponsored negotiations on Libya. The agreement foresees the formation of a new national unity government, which will be called on to put an end to the conflicts engulfing the country since Qaddafi’s fall. The priority is to eradicate ISIS and the other terrorist groups.


Italy and Syria: Potentials and Contradictions

Emiliano Stornelli
Director, Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Italian Atlantic Committee

Italy has a broad leeway to step up its engagement in Syria with a view to favoring a political solution and the stabilization of the country. However, the loss of its foreign policy culture and the lack of a strategic vision continue to curb Italy's ability to assert its great potentials as main reference point for conflicts resolutions in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.



26th GAAEC Symposium

Address of President Luciolli to the 26th GAAEC Symposium. Athens, 13 December 2017.

63rd ATA GA

Re-election of President Luciolli as President of ATA for the years 2018-2020. 63rd ATA General Assembly, Brussels, 3-4 December 2017.

NATO Summit 2018

Towards the NATO Summit 2018: Where the Atlantic Alliance Strategy Goes? Aperitif-Debate with Fabrizio W. Luciolli organized by IAI and the support of NATO PDD. Rome, 30 November 2017.


Meeting of the Italian Atlantic Council on The Future of Atlanticism in Italy. Velletri (Rome), Council Hall of the Municipality Palace, November 24-25.


Seminar Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean. Potenza, November 16.

Conference by Lt.Gen. Filiberto Cecchi on The Mediterranean: Place of Meeting or Clash? Atlantic Club of Bologna, October 20.


Conference of President Luciolli on "NATO-EU Cooperation: Challenges and Perspectives" delivered at the Workshop "The EU Role in Global Security from Maastricht to the Present" organized by the Roma Tre University, Department of  Political Science and The American University of Rome, Department of International Relations. Rome, October 16-17.


Presentation of the book authored by Prof. Antonello Biagini on History of Contemporary Turkey, Bompiani, 2017. Nettuno Wars & Peace FilmFest, July 26.

Wars & Peace FilmFest

15th Edition of the Wars & Peace FilmFest: film, documentary and book reviews with the patronage of the Italian Atlantic Committee. Nettuno (RM), 24-30 July.

NATO, EU & Cyber

International Conference, NATO, EU, Industry Cooperation on Cyber. A Transatlantic Exchange of Best Practices. Brussels, European Parliament, June 28.

Brief the Briefers

Brief the Briefers program, in cooperation with ATA and NATO Public Diplomacy Division. Brussels: February 8-9; June 13.

NATO Meeting

Welcome Address by President Luciolli at the International Conference on NATO (Re)Acting in an Era of Transition organized by ATA, Egmont Institute and GMF. Brussels, ATA Hq, 24 May.


Address by President Luciolli to the To Be Secure Forum (2BS). Budva, Atlantic Council of Montenegro, May 11-13.

Transatlantic Bond

10th Seminar on the Atlantic Alliance promoted by the Italian Atlantic Committee and organized by the Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth on the subject  Il rapporto transatlantico dalla storia all'attualità: fasi e compiti della NATO. Milan, May 3.




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