NSD-S hosted the NATO Defense College’s Middle East Faculty
On November 9, 2017, the NATO Strategic Direction South Hub hosted a visit from the NATO Defense College’s Middle East Faculty from Rome
Nov 21, 2017
in the annual NATO Regional Cooperation Course 2018 (NRCC 18) visited the
Allied Joint Force Command Naples Headquarters and the NSD-S Hub location. The
NRCC is the Alliance’s major educational outreach to our Mediterranean Dialogue
and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Gulf) partners and other countries from
the region. Participants are senior professionals from their countries: officers
of the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel and civilian
officials and diplomats of equivalent rank from relevant ministries dealing
with strategic security issues.
The participants were
welcomed by JFC Naples Chief of Staff, Italian Army Lieutenant General Luciano
Portolano, and the Hub Director, Italian Army Brigadier General Roberto Angius.
The Chief of Staff addressed the guests with a brief on the operational level
Headquarters’ structure, work flow and management of its current operations.
During the two day visit, participants attended a series of comprehensive
briefings including a broad introduction by the Hub Deputy Director, French Air
Force Colonel Eric Asselin on the recently opened NATO entity. Colonel Asselin
underlined the Hub’s main focus to connect with all actors across the wide
spectrum of interest to establish a mutual information exchange in order to promote
interoperability and to contribute to the regional development and
collaboration within different fields of expertise as such as mass migration, terrorism,
intelligence sharing, training and education.
JFC Naples Political
Advisor, Dr. Mel McNulty, then chaired a panel discussion on "Challenges
from the South and NATO’s Response”. Three panellists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt
and Kuwait presented their view on their countries’ security challenges. They
emphasised the common threats that they and the wider international community share
are terrorism, and the destabilizing effect of failed states. They underlined
that these challenges require enhanced cooperating among states to improve border
security, safeguard energy resources, and reduce smuggling (human, weapons,
drugs) which finances terrorism. Lively discussion allowed NATO colleagues to
hear directly our partners’ perspective on the current level of partnership
cooperation with NATO, and their expectations for what more NATO, with other
international partner organizations, could do. Many considered that the
Alliance could offer a platform to share experience and best practice in
addressing shared challenges.