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NATO Warsaw Summit

On occasion of the NATO Summit held in Warsaw on July 8-9, the Italian Atlantic Committee and the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) has promoted, ocoordinated and organized a wide range of initiatives at national and international level. The President of the Italian Atlantic Committee and ATA took also part in the  Warsaw Summit Experts'Forum and edited the Foreword of the official ATA publication published and circulated on occasion of the Summit.

NATO: Strenghtening Peace and Security


Montenegro in NATO

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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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, 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.



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.



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.


Wars & Peace FilmFest

 Inauguration Ceremony of the 14th Edition of the Wars & Peace FilmFest organized by the Association SeVen in collaboration with the Italian Atlantic Committee on the migrant crisis. On show seven films, different in style and setting, but united by a common thread. The subject of the 14 Edition has been WAR EXODUSES. Nettuno, Forte Sangallo, July 25.




NATO in 3D: Deterrence, Defense and Dialogue

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

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 gathered in Warsaw for a Summit that represented 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. 

Mediterranean & Middle East

Time for a “reset” in Saudi Arabia-Iran relations: the role of interreligious dialogue

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

Saudi Arabia and Iran are essential for the stabilization of the trouble spots in the Middle East. However, to boost the cooperative security prospects between the two countries on a strategic level, it is also necessary to address the political-religious dimension of their conflict. A process of genuine intra-Muslim dialogue, involving the highest religious and government authorities, would allow the smoothing over of the historical, ideological, and geopolitical causes of disputes.


Mediterranean & Middle East



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.


Religious Radicalism and Contemporary Terrorism

Prof. Vittorfranco Pisano
Head of the Department of Informational Sciences for Security, UNINTESS

The statistics on contemporary terrorism reflect a remarkable increase over the last decade on a global level. Today, the main terrorist threat has a political-religious matrix, which reporters and commentators often label improperly as "religious terrorism".

Mediterranean & Middle East

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

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

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.



Radicalization and Terrorism in the International Scenario

Prof. Vittorfranco Pisano
Head of the Department of Informational Sciences for Security, UNINTESS

In the context of international terrorism there are multiple techniques being used to radicalize and recruit. Therefore, adopting a multidisciplinary approach - encompassing the sociological, psychological, cultural, linguistic, educational and media fields - is essential to complement the work of law enforcement in the security sector.


NATO and EU after “Brexit”

Luca Borri
Researcher, Italian Atlantic Committee

After the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the summit of the Heads of State and Government held in Warsaw, NATO is called on to reaffirm the fundamental values of  the Atlantic Alliance and to strengthen its political community, alongside the need to ensure an effective deterrence and defense against the challenges and threats coming from its Eastern and Southern flanks.

Mediterranean & Middle East

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.


Mediterranean & Middle East

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.


Mediterranean & Middle East

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.


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



Counter-Terrorism: Challenges and Perspectives

H.E. Ely Ould Mohammed Vall
Former President of Mauritania

Local, regional and international efforts remain insufficient against terrorism, which demands the reinforcement of cooperation and an appropriate strategy.



Security in Europe: Threats and Challenges

H.E. Mimi Kodheli
Minister of Defense, Albania

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.



Europe and Morocco

The President of the Atlantic Treaty Association addressed a debate hosted in the European Parliament with the Minister of Interior of Morocco. Bruxelles, September 8.

Migrant crisis

Director of the Mediterranean and Middle East Program Mr. Emiliano Stornelli: Remarks on "Migrants: Fear and/or Compassion?" at the Central Europe Interfaith Forum, organized by the Forum of the World's Religions - Slovakia (Nitra, July 25).

Wars & Peace FilmFest

Address of President Luciolli at the inauguration of the Wars & Peace FilmFest. Nettuno, Forte Sangallo, July 25.


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).


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


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).


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).


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).




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