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.



‼️Our next conference Confronting Criminal/Terrorist Threats will be held on 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟵, 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵 at the Sala della Protomoteca in Campidoglio ‼️

Find below the topic of Session 2.


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#MondayBook 📖

The link between #Terrorism and Princeton University Press is ever stronger but not always deepened enough.

In Dark Commerce (by Princeton University Press), Louise #shelley examines how new #technology, communications, and #globalisation fuel the exponential #growth of dangerous forms of #Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)conomy.

She also explores illicit trade in tangible goods,
contrasting it with the damaging trade of intangible commodities in #cyberspace.

📍 Louise Shelley will be speaking about this topic at our conference Confronting Criminal/Terrorist Threats!
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To know more about the book➡️

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🔴 What happened this week in the #MENA region?

🗞 Find out in our latest #ArabDispatch ▶️

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Louise Shelley (with Leah F. Mayer) presented a plenary address on "Human Trafficking Network Investigations: The Role of Open Source Intelligence and Large-Scale Data Analytics in Investigating Organized Crime" at the International Criminology Conference.


‼️ Our conference 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹/𝗧𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀 will be on December 9, in #Campidoglio (Municipality of #Rome) ‼️

Find Session 2 below.



The link between #terrorism and #illicittrade is ever stronger, but not always deepened enough.

This book by @ShelleyTraCCC examines how new #technologies and #globalisation fuel the #growth of #illegal economies and #criminal #networks.

Technical agreement on Peace and Security between NATO and African Union has been signed on 4th November. A collaboration that gets stronger and stronger. Check out this video. #NATO

30 years ago, desire for freedom and dignity brought young people in Slovakia to the streets. This non-violent protests in Bratislava and Prague triggered the #VelvetRevolution. Today, it is our obligation to carry their message and be the guardians of freedom and democracy.

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