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 and 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.