International Conference on the Future of the Atlantic Alliance

What future for Trans-Atlantic security and NATO? This is the main question the five international conferences dealt with. These events (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018) were organized in the prestigious venues of Villa Guastavillani, in Bologna, and the Bertinoro University Centre. The conferences are the result of a long standing cooperation between the University of Bologna, and especially the School of Political Sciences, Forlì campus, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Roma.

These events were realized in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding between SACT and the University of Bologna, signed in 2006 and renewed in 2015. The conference was added to previous successful activities such as involving the School of Political Sciences, Forlì campus and ACT, such as the crisis management simulation for students.

The conferences, coordinated for the University of Bologna by Professor Sonia Lucarelli (professor of International Relations at the School of Political Sciences, Forlì campus) touched upon crucial issues for the future of the Alliance (such as smart defence, to the regional articulation of the Alliance, to hybrid threats ) and foresaw the participation of scholars from different regions (Europe, United States, Russia, Canada, Middle East) and various professional backgrounds (academics, think tanks, NATO officials, military personnel).

The high profile of participants, around 80 for each edition, has guaranteed a high level of debate in both plenary session and seminars. Under the auspices of the organizers, these meetings should represent a starting point for a constant exchange between universities, research centres, and NATO on politically and academically relevant security issues.

The NATO Academic Conferences realized so far generated the following publications

Publications NATO-IAI-UNIBO