The NATO Defense College Foundation has a long tradition of tight relations with the countries of this area, aimed at promoting stability and developing co-operative security. It supports NATO significant transformation towards a fresh and substantial political vision in partnerships in the MENA, Levant and Gulf Regions.

During his mandate as NATO Deputy Secretary General (2001-2007), Ambassador Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo, President of the NDCF, was tasked by the North Atlantic Council to launch possible partnerships with the Arabs of the Mediterranean, Gulf and Israel. He successfully put the basis for a consistent upgrading of the Mediterranean Dialogue and the establishment of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI). His book NATO and the Middle East. The Making of a partnership (by New Academia Publishing) came out in 2018, retracing – through a personal account – all the steps of this work.

As a result of his longstanding and passionate experience for the Arab region, the Foundation’s first high-level conference in 2011 was focused on NATO and the Arab Spring. Then, starting from 2016, the NDCF launched a series of conferences on Arab Geopolitics. Inspired by the ambition of creating a forum that would gather together experts, decision-makers, policy advisors and influencers from and related to the Arab World, these events – held in Rome on an annual basis – wish to promote the Atlantic culture and the spirit behind the Mediterranean partnerships in the Italian context.

 

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🔴On March 27, the Republic of North Macedonia🇲🇰 became NATO‘s 30th member state.

Here the main steps of the country’s journey towards #NATO #membership ⤵️⤵️
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🔵 At yesterday first ever virtual meeting of NATO #ForeignMinisters, #COVID19 was at the top of the agenda.

All 30 Allies are committed to share capabilities in tackling the #pandemic and Foreign Ministers have tasked #NATO‘s top commander to speed up #medical #Aid and coordinate the necessary #military #support.

Full statement➡️ bit.ly/NATOForeignMinisters
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🇸🇦#SaudiArabia’s Crown #prince and #Defense Minister, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, is working to secure his #power before the looming ascendance to the throne.

Eleonora Ardemagni analyses #MBS latest moves to tighten his #grip on Saudi #military➡️ bit.ly/SaudiArabiaMilitary
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🗓️ 71 years ago today, at the founding of #NATO, there were 12 original signatories.

Now, with the most recent addition of 🇲🇰North Macedonia, NATO has grown to a group of 3⃣0⃣ member states.

#WeAreNATO

🔴On March 27, the Republic of North Macedonia🇲🇰became @NATO’s 30th member state.

Here the main steps of the country’s journey towards #NATO #membership ⤵️⤵️

#NATO Foreign Ministers have tasked our top commander to coordinate the necessary military support to combat #COVID19. NATO’s 30 nations stand together in solidarity & transatlantic unity. Full statement from today’s meeting: https://bit.ly/2UCYFTn #ForMin

Join us for another interesting #webinar discussing #disinformation & #COVID19 w/ @ozeanadler (@NATOFoundation) Martina Klimes (@siwi_water) @MZinkanell (@AIES_austria) @Sulalwadai (@Rasanahiiis) & @MitchellBelfer | 7 April at 11h CET via Zoom. More info: https://egic.info/disinformation-age-of-coronavirus

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