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The Future of Atlanticism

The Future of Atlanticism in Italy will constitutes the subject of a two-days meeting that will take place at the Council Hall of the Municipality Palace of Velletri on November 24-25. The meeting will gather the leading bodies of the Italian Atlantic Committee, the Members of the Permanent Committees, the President and Delegates of the national and local organizations affiliated to the Italian Atlantic Committee, and qualified 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 policy of the Italian Atlantic Committee and its contribution for a more effective role of Italy into NATO.


NATO, EU and Industry Cooperation on Cyber Security

International Conference on NATO, EU, Industry Cooperation on Cyber promoted by ATA at the European Parliament in Brussels, June 28. High representatives from NATO and European Union, members of the European Parliament, representatives from the industry and experts, participated in an exchange of best practices for a more effective transatlantic cooperation on cyber security.










































































NATO (Re)Acting in an Era of Transition

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, has participated at the event NATO (Re)Acting in an Era of Transition hosted in Brussels by the Atlantic Treaty Association May 24th. The event has been opened by the welcome remarks of the ATA President, Fabrizio W. Luciolli, the Vice President of the German Marshall Fund Ian Lesser, the Director General of the Egmont Insititute, Marc Otte.





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.


The Future Tasks of the Alliance: 50 Years After the Harmel Report

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

Fifty years ago the Harmel report "has shown that the Alliance is a dynamic and vigorous organization which is constantly adapting itself to changing conditions." The Warsaw and Brussels Summits have update the Harmel deterrence and defense strategy by 360° approach. However, an additional degree of action should be devoted to the internal dimension of the Alliance, by strengthening the Transatlantic Bond and recommitting  NATO members on the fundamental  values of the Alliance.

Italy and the NATO Meeting

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

In the present security scenario we must redraft the Transatlantic bond by a new equation based on more balanced parameters between the two shores of the Atlantic. Brexit made Italy an even stronger pillar in the European and Atlantic context, while keeping a privileged relationship with Washington, as well as Moscow, it has a unique sensibility and potential leadership in the Mediterranean basin.

NATO and the Brussels Meeting

Amb. Gabriele Checchia
President of the Strategic Committee
100415a-HQ28-001 NATO Headquarters Brussels.

The Alliance has always shown to be able to prevail in the difficult passages the reasons of unity on those of the division, through research of a point of political balance between the various Allied sensibilities. In Warsaw, NATO has shown that it has reached a stage of conscious and appreciable maturity. As far as the future is concerned, it will be crucial, in the Trump era, the "capacity for adaptation" that NATO will continue to demonstrate.



NATO Military Adaptation and RAP

V.Adm. F. Sanfelice di Monteforte
Pres. Military Commission, Italian Atlantic Committee

NATO's focus has shifted from Crisis Support Operations to Deterrence and Defense of its periphery. The Russian behavior in Ukraine had compelled NATO to discourage Moscow, while the risks from the South are also increasing.

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.



NATO & EU after Brexit

Luca Borri
Researcher, Italian Atlantic Committee

After Brexit, the NATO Summit in Warsaw reaffirmed the fundamental values of  solidarity and collective defense of the Atlantic Alliance and strengthened its political community  alongside the committment to ensure an effective deterrence and defense against the challenges and threats coming from its Eastern and Southern flanks.


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.


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




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.


Presentation of the book Why They Attack Us - Al Qaeda, Islamic State and the "self-made" terrorism ,by Laura Quadarella Sanfelice di Monteforte. Rome, Circolo MFA, March 27.

HAC 25th Jubilee

President Luciolli address at 25th Jubilee Celebration of the Hungarian Atlantic Council. Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Science, March 9.


NATO and the New Security Challenges has been debated by 400 students at the IPSSAR Velletri and in a following meeting at the City Council. March 7.

Cyber Security

Workshop on Telecommunication Networks and Cyber Security. Challenges and Opportunities, promoted by Università del Sannio in cooperation with the Atlantic Club of Naples. Benevento, Palazzo della Prefettura, February 15.

Transatlantic Relations

Conference Transatlantic Relations in the Trump Era. Rome, University of Washington, January 24.




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