NATO Strategic Direction South - Hub
In February 2017 at a NATO Ministerial meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the establishment of an information sharing organization as part of the NATO Strategic Direction South (NSD-S) initiative. Formally established in September 2017, the NSD-S Hub is an exciting forum that connects Allies, Partners and Subject Matter Experts to better understand and overcome challenges, as well as look for opportunities in NATO’s South (Middle East, North Africa, Sahel, and Sub-Saharan Africa). Through a holistic and collaborative approach, the Hub connects allies, partners and non-military entities by building networks and relationships with academia and international organisations. The Hub aims to contribute to coordination, synchronisation, and de-confliction of NATO activities across the South, while optimising resources and maximising effectiveness.
- To monitor and assess the dynamics of NATO’s operating environment by being a forum for engagement and information sharing.
- To inform operational and strategic leaders by enhancing our collective understanding and proactively shape NATO’s decision-making.
- Provide NATO a strategic-level lens to better anticipate, preempt, limit, and overcome challenges.
- Be a positive force through confidence-building measures with non-military entities dedicated to long-term stability and prosperity for local populations in NATO’s South.
Our Comprehensive Approach
At the 2016 Warsaw Summit, NATO approved the development of a framework to better understand challenges and threats emanating from Africa and the Middle East. As part of the Framework, The Southern Hub has been established at Allied Joint Force Command Naples in order to improve NATO’s awareness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges from those regions, while contributing to the overall coordination of NATO’s activities and efforts.
The world faces a number of challenges and threats. Although NATO is no stranger to operating in Africa and the Middle East, operating in an area and understanding an area are two separate efforts. The Southern Hub is a key element of developing that understanding. The first steps in this development will be answering several questions: How will The Hub gather information? Where will this information come from? How will this information be analyzed? And finally, what do we do with the information after it is analyzed? The answers to these questions all revolve around one thing; relationships. The Hub will develop new relationships with International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations, and other non-NATO entities and strengthen established relationships with key stakeholders that already do great work in the focus areas.
Organizations that we envisage working with The Hub will help contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations. These relationships will bring about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions, to include NATO, are founded. An African proverb states, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We hope you will join us as we continue to develop mechanisms for outreach and collaboration.