NSD-S HUB NEWSLETTER MARCH 2018

NSD-S HUB Director Corner

Dear Reader

After some months of work the NSD-S HUB is making good progress. We have established new networking links and strengthened existing relationships. NSD-S HUB Teams have recently travelled to Jordan and Ethiopia with the intent of promoting the HUB and exploring ways and means of future cooperation. I am confident that the near future will bring other opportunities and we are looking forward to organizing seminars and con-ferences focusing on our Areas of Interest; we will invite all the main stakeholders and anticipate a fruitful exchange. 

COM JFCNP Introductory Note

I would like to express my appreciation to BG Angius and the entire Hub team for invit-ing me to contribute to this month’s Hub Newsletter. I am extremely excited about what lies ahead for JFC Naples and the Hub in 2018. Since its formal opening in September 2017, the Hub has already begun to connect, consult and coordinate with multiple non-NATO entities, including international organizations such as the African Union and the United Nations.

Since assuming Command of JFC in October 2017, during every engagement I have with senior leaders, the conversation circles back to: Tell us about the Hub? How is it different than other NATO entities? My response is relatively simple: The Hub is a physical and virtual forum for engagement and information sharing focused on challenges and opportunities in NATO’s South (the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel, and Sub-Sahara). I describe how the Hub monitors and assesses the dynamics of the operating environment by contributing to coordination, de-confliction and synchronization of NATO activities. Finally, I conclude with how the Hub will ultimately inform our collective understanding of the South and will proactively shape NATO’s decision-making. Some may wonder what led NATO to embark upon the Hub? I believe the answer lies in the events surrounding the 2010 Arab Spring, and the aftermath of civil wars in Libya and Syria.

The Arab Spring backdrop has compelled our Alliance to collectively reassess how we define stability in the South. By establishing the Hub, the NATO alliance decided to change its overall mindset on how civil and military or-ganizations find common ground, how we build upon capacity and capability-building initiatives, and how we bridge the gaps of mutual understanding that leads to long-term stability and peace in the South. The multi-dimensional nature of NATO’s South demonstrates the need for more flexibility when analyzing challenges, while capitalizing on the array of opportunities that African and Middle Eastern regimes can offer in terms of stable and steady governance.

What differentiates the Hub from other traditional NATO entities? The Hub intends to vigorously transform how the transatlantic alliance anticipates and responds to the drivers of instability. As I look to 2018 and beyond, I sincerely believe the Hub will succeed in building the bonds of trust between civil-military partners. This holistic understanding will aid our Alliance in anticipating, preempting, limiting, and overcoming challenges, while simultaneously serving as a positive force through which non-military results will lead to long-term stability and prosperity for local populations in NATO’s South.

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