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NATO Summit 2016 – Warsaw

In the run-up to the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Atlantic Alliance, which took place in Warsaw on July 8-9, the Italian Atlantic Committee and the Atlantic Treaty Association organized, coordinated and promoted a series of initiatives at national and international level.

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NATO Summit 2016: Strenghtening Peace & Security

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The Future of Security in the Mediterranean

The President of the Italian Atlantic Committee and the Atlantic Treaty Association, Prof. Fabrizio W. Luciolli, addressed a conference on "NATO, the Atlantic Councils and the Future of Cooperative Security in the Mediterranean", held for the inauguration of the Naples Atlantic Club at Palazzo della Borsa. The conference was also addressed by Lieutenant General Leonardo di Marco, Allied Joint Force Command Naples Chief of Staff.

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NATO, Montenegro and the Western Balkans

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

Montenegro's membership in NATO strenghtens the whole process of integration of the Western Balkans in the Euro-Atlantic institution, as stated by Prof. Fabrizio W. Luciolli, President of the Italian Atlantic Committee and Atlantic Treaty Association. It benefits regional stability and security, reasserting the "open door" policy of the Atlantic Alliance.

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ATA – THE FUTURE OF COOPERATIVE SECURITY

On the occasion of its 61st General Assembly, the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) organized the International Conference on Terrorism, Cooperative Security and Interconnected Threats. The Conference took place in Brussels, at Palais d’Egmont, on November 18-19 and focused on the common security threats and challenges to the Euro-Atlantic, Mediterranean and Gulf regions. NATO Deputy Secretary General H.E. Amb. Alexander Vershbow delivered a Keynote Address on NATO towards the Warsaw Summit.

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COOPERATION

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.

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EDUCATION

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.

 

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NATO in 3D: Deterrence, Defense and Dialogue

Prof. Fabrizio W. Luciolli
President, Italian Atlantic Committee and Atlantic Treaty Association
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Sixty years since the adoption of “The Report of the Committee of Three on Non-Military Cooperation in NATO”, authored by the Ministers Gaetano Martino, Halvard Lange and Laster B. Pearson, the Heads of State and Government of the Alliance gather in Warsaw for a Summit that will represent a cornerstone in the NATO adaptation to the new complex security scenario. A wide approach is necessary to combine both the political and military dimension of the Alliance and to effectively meet the extensive range of the new security tasks. 

EU & NATO After Brexit

Luca Borri
Researcher, Italian Atlantic Committee
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The internal break-up of the United Kingdom could be more insidious than the orderly exit of a Union Member State. After the formal exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, the Western Community will find itself united in one international organization: NATO. At the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the Heads of State and Government are called not only to cope with the need of deterrence and defense of the Eastern flank as well as the threats from the South, but they should also  accompany these measures with the reaffirmation of the fundamental values of  the Alliance and the strengthening of its Political Community.

 

Mediterranean & Middle East

Saudi Arabia-Iran: Evolution of the Crisis and Prospects of Detente

Emiliano Stornelli
Director, Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Italian Atlantic Committee
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The Islamic Cold War in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran is going through a dangerous overheating, making the prospects of stabilization of the area even more difficult. However, there are political and diplomatic avenues that, if pursued, could lead to a detente between the two countries.

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Turkey-Russia: Diplomacy, De-escalation and Cooperative Security

Emiliano Stornelli
Director, Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Italian Atlantic Committee
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After the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey, a breakdown between Moscow and Ankara would jeopardize Syria’s stabilization, with repercussions in other geopolitical areas.

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Italy and Syria: Potentials and Contradictions

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

 

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RSC – RELIGION & SECURITY COUNCIL

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In a time when religious-based narratives and ideologies are increasingly exploited to trigger armed conflicts and violence, the Religion & Security Council (RSC) promotes conflicts resolution and a cooperative approach to security through active engagement in the religious dimension of international crises. RSC activities involve decision-makers, officials, scholars and experts with different backgrounds but a common purpose: drawing on the great potential of religions to achieve security and stability as a platform for lasting peace, socio-economic development and respect for human rights on a global scale.

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Al Qaeda, Islamic State and the “homegrown terrorism”

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

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Libya Starts Over from the Fight Against Terrorism

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

 

TERRORISM

Counter-Terrorism: Challenges and Perspectives

H.E. Ely Ould Mohammed Vall
Former President of Mauritania
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Local, regional and international efforts remain insufficient against terrorism, which demands the reinforcement of cooperation and an appropriate strategy.

 

BALKANS

Security in Europe: Threats and Challenges

H.E. Mimi Kodheli
Minister of Defense, Albania
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In light of the current crisis, peace and stability in the Balkans cannot be regarded as obvious and granted. NATO, the EU and the international community must be able to react quickly and with the adequate capabilities.

 

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
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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

 

TERRORISM

Europe Under Attack

Prof. Vittorfranco Pisano
Head of the Department of Informational Sciences for Security, UNINTESS
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Three are the main intertwined aspects to be considered with regards to ISIS in Europe, Italy included: the direct threat, the so called "foreign fighters" and the problematic adoption of a common counter-terrorism policy.

 

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Terror, Propaganda and Disinformation

Prof. Vittorfranco Pisano
Head of the Department of Informational Sciences for Security, UNINTESS
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The rise of ISIS leads us to reflect on the nature, extent and recent developments of the main aspects relating to the unconventional conflicts and their many demonstrations.

 

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Counter-Terrorism

Lecture by President Luciolli in the training course on "Terrorism and Counter-Measures", organized by the Observatory on Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism (Rome, June 18).

Security in the Baltic

Opening Address by President Luciolli at the conference "Militarization of Kaliningrad and its Impact on Baltic Sea Region Security Development", organized by the Lithuanian Atlantic Treaty Association (Vilnius, June 9).

Warsaw Summit

Conference by President Luciolli on "NATO, the New Security Scenario and the Warsaw Summit", Atlantic Club of Bologna (June 7).

NATO-EU

Lecture of President Luciolli on "NATO's Evolution and the Relations with the EU", Master in Peace Studies, Rome Tre University (May 27).

Syria

Conference by the Director of the Mediterranean and Middle East Program, Mr. Emiliano Stornelli, on "The Future of Security in the Middle East: the Case of Syria", Turkiye Gençlik Vakfi - Malaysian Student Association in Turkey (Istanbul, May 18).

Warsaw Summit

Conference by President Luciolli on"The Evolution of the NATO's Strategic Concepts, responsibilities of Allied Countries and the Warsaw Summit", Center for High Defense Studies (Rome, May 16).

Security in the Mediterranean

Conference by President Luciolli on "NATO, the Atlantic Treaty Association and the Future of Cooperative Security in the Mediterranean", held for the inauguration of the Naples Atlantic Club (Naples, May 13).

Montenegro

Remarks by President Luciolli on "EU & SE Europe: Failure to Protect Borders?" at the 6° 2BS Forum organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro. The Bureau meeting of the Atlantic Treaty Associati0n will take place on the sidelines of the event (Budva, May 5-6).

Warsaw Summit

Remarks by President Luciolli and participation of an ATA delegation at the presentation of the report Alliance Revitalized: NATO for a New Era, organized by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS - Johns Hopkins University (Washington DC, April 27).

Transatlantic Program

Program of meetings with institutions and think tanks organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association (Washington DC, April 25-29).

NATO and Terrorism

Opening remarks by President Luciolli on “NATO’s Engagement in Counter-Terrorism” at the seminar “The Fight against Transnational Terrorism: a Role for NATO?”, organized by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, with the support of the Italian Atlantic Committee, Atlantic Treaty Association and NATO Public Diplomacy Division (Milan, April 19).

Montenegro

Opening remarks by President Luciolli at the Round Table "Perspective of the Armed Forces of Montenegro within NATO Structure", organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro (Podgorica, April 4).

Iran

Address by President Luciolli at the Conference "The Middle East after the nuclear agreement with Iran", Italian Chamber of Deputies (Rome, March 9).

 

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