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The NSD-S HUB network includes entities from within NATO as well as a wide variety of individuals and organisations from Africa and the Middle East. Our cooperation and interaction with such organisations in the regions provide valuable insights which help achieve the shared goal of promoting security and stability.

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๐€๐ซ๐š๐› ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ in ๐๐ž๐ข๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐‹๐ž๐›๐š๐ง๐จ๐ง. 

Our team attends the ๐€๐ซ๐š๐› ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ (March) in ๐๐ž๐ข๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐‹๐ž๐›๐š๐ง๐จ๐ง organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Of the key topics discussed: The potential and comprehensive reforms of the #Multilateral system, sustainable solutions to address Poverty, Food Insecurity and Climate Change and ways to expand Digitilisation efforts.

With only 6 years left until 2030, tracking and reviewing progress in adopting the right policies for achieving ๐’๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐†๐จ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ is crucial, particularly in a region that's witnessing recent and challenging developments.


Expert Group on the South visits the NSD-S Hub. 

We welcomed the Group of Experts responsible to draft a report to inform NATO on its approach to its Southern Neighborhood, particularly the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel regions. NATO's relationship with the South is undergoing a profound examination, as highlighted by the deep reflection launched at the Vilnius Summit. The goal now is to craft concrete proposals for the next NATO Summit in Washington in July 2024. We eagerly await the Group of Expertsโ€™ report, which will be delivered to the Secretary General ahead of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in April. It is through collaborative efforts like these that we can shape NATO's future approach and enhance #stability and #cooperation in our broader Southern Neighbourhood. 


NSD-S Hub meets with NDC & The NATO Group of Experts for the South. 

We met with peers from NATO Defense College and NATO's ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต to discuss NATOโ€™s current and potential approach to its southern flank Africa & the MiddleEast. 

Identifying opportunities for further engagement, open dialogue, and cooperation with partner nations, local & international organisations, regional subject matter experts, and other relevant actors. 

This meeting will contribute to the development of a report to the Secretary General and will help define & refine NATOโ€™s approach to the South. 


The NATO Political Committee travelled to JFC Naples visits the NSD-S Hub

24 members of The NATO Political Committee travelled to JFC Naples to visit the NSD-S Hub and receive briefings on the work being carried out and its potential. 

It was excellent opportunity to get together and look to the future โ€“ discussing, assessing and reflecting on political and regional developments in the Middle East and Africa in line with NATOโ€™s commitment to its 360ยฐ approach. 


Networking with Dr Serigne Gueye Diop during the Atlantic Dialogues conference in Marrakech

The Moroccan based Think Tank โ€œPolicy Centre for the New Southโ€ provides an excellent forum to engage with international and local experts working on various issues in and beyond the Atlantic region. Dr Serigne Gueye Diop focuses on the development of a sustainable food security policy for Senegal with consideration of climate change.


The NSD-S Hub presents at the EAHS Nairobi 2023, 

the 10th Annual East African Humanitarian Conference/Expo

Mr. Alex Mackenzie Smith, Sub-Saharan Africa CIVMIL Staff Officer at NATO Strategic Direction-South Hub delivering a keynote presentation at EAHS Nairobi 2023, the 10th Annual East African Humanitarian Conference/Expo.


The NSD-S Hub attends the Meeting of Global Alliance of Women Mediator Networks in Addis Ababa

 The NSD-S Hub continues its effort to support the #WPS agenda and the implemention of #UNSCR 1325. 

In December 2023, we attend the global event, organised by the African Union, and it was an excellent opportunity to reunite with FemWise and strengthen the ongoing collaboration between both organisations.


NSD-S Hub Deputy Director welcomes EUROCORPS. 

On 4th July 2023, we hosted a delegation from #EUROCORPS Civil-Military Cooperation CIMIC Branch (G9).

The meeting was dedicated to familiarization of both organisations' roles and capabilities and to discuss potential cooperation and support to EUROCORPS G9 responsibilities and tasks during the NATO Joint Task Force HQ 2024 and the HQ Force for EU Battle Group 2025 periods. 


NSD-S Hub hosts Women Peace and Security Workshop. 

The workshop organised the NSD-S Hub, and held in Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy on June 29th 2023, and saw the attendance of Lieutenant General Vasco Angelotti, JFC Naples Chief of Staff, and Aydin KILIC, NSD-S HUB Director.

Regional experts and change makers from Libya and Tunisia discussed how to leverage the position of women leaders in the region, and how to better support their contribution to stability and security.

 Event in cooperation with the Union of Mediterranean Universities (UNIMED). 


NSD-S Hub and NATO SFA COE discuss opportunities for collaboration. 

Directors of the NATO Strategic Direction-South Hub director and the NATO SFA COE met to discuss common areas of interest and to identify potential areas for further collaboration. 


 'The Horn of Africa Cooperation' ACSRT & NSD-S Hub hold joint workshop in Algiers. 

A workshop aimed at discussing and improving coordination in the wake of urgent challenges facing the region and impacting the political, military, economic and social domains. 


AFRICA: Climate Change and Safeguarding Human Security 

We spoke with experts and practitioners from the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and other high-level institutions to know more of the human security implications that climate change will have on Africa, discussing common challenges and their impact on both a local and regional level.


MENA: Space Capabilities Study Day

We organised a hybrid Study Day in Naples on Space Capabilities & Security Challenges in the MENA region, with a specific focus on the application of space-based technologies to disaster management. The study day covered the various phases of the disaster management cycle with a view to improving human security, including: prevention, preparedness, early warning, response and reconstruction. 

Participation from: The Egyptian Space Agency, The Bahrain Space Agency, The UAE Space Agency, The Space Generation Council, The Kuwait College of Science and Technology, Vernewell Management Consultancies, Istanbul University Faculty of Law, the EU Satellite Centre, UNOOSA and others.


Organisations and individuals in our Network

We work with a large networks of experts, from a variety of backgrounds.
Please connect to our network via Linkedin: Data Manager Team NATO Strategic Direction-South Hub | LinkedIn


International Peace Support Training Centre


University of Kent Conflict Analysis Research Centre

NATO Entities 

NATO's partnerships in Africa and Middle East

NATO cooperates with a range of international organisations and countries. In Africa and the Middle East these partnerships are organised throught two forums:

In addition NATO cooperates with the African Union (AU) โ€“ a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. The cooperation with the AU has evolved over time. Although primarily based on ad-hoc military-technical cooperation, NATO Allies are committed to expanding cooperation with the AU and to cooperate more closely with partners in tackling security challenges emanating from the south.