Since 2011, IAI and NATO Defense College (NDC) collaborate on several initiatives aiming at stimulating debates on themes concerning Euro-Atlantic security, the role of the Alliance and its relations with the European Union. In order to promote a better and wider exchange of views on these themes, the partnership is also opened to the involvement of other international entities, institutions and governmental agencies, as well as private actors, think tanks and academics.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Atlantic Alliance, on 17-18 January 2019 IAI and NDC brought together over 30 experts and professionals for a brainstorming on the theme "NATO at 70: politics, capabilities and partnerships". The event, held in partnership with the Compagnia di San Paolo, was introduced by the keynote speech of Antonio Missiroli, the NATO's Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges.
In 2018 the IAI and the NDC, in partnership with Elettronica and Rivista Italiana Difesa as media partners, organized the international workshop “NATO-EU cooperation to project stability”. The workshop was held at the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa, and on the basis of the debate was also published a paper on the addressed topics.
In 2017, IAI and NDC organized an international conference highlighting the role performed by NATO in tackling crisis and instability in Europe’s southern neighbourhood, particularly in the Mediterranean region. A report has constituted the follow up to this event, so that the most interesting suggestions and outcomes of the debate have been spread. The conference was organized in partnership with Elettronica as well as with Rivista Italiana Difesa as media partner.
In 2016, a workshop organized at IAI by the Institute and the NDC stimulated an in-depth discussion among high-level practitioners and experts on the topic of Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities, ahead of NATO’s Warsaw Summit. Also on this occasion, a report has been published to let the main findings of the debate circulate.
Previously - in 2011 and 2013 - two public conferences were organized in Rome in cooperation with the NATO Defense College Foundation.