NATO’s missions have deeply affected the transformation of Italian forces. New tasks, new combat scenarios, different requirements in terms of equipment, interoperability and attitudes, are some of the foremost novelties that each NATO member has had deal with in recent years.
As illustrated by our latest book, multilateralism should be interpreted not only as the main guideline of Italian foreign policy but also as the principal tactical and strategic framework within which Italian forces have been developed and transformed in the past two decades.
Venus in Arms is deeply interested in examining the impact of NATO on defence transformation. For this reason, we are pleased to sugest you a new monoraph: “Flexible Frameworks, Beyond Borders. Understanding Regional Dynamics to Enhance Cooperative Security”, edited by Federico Casprini, Sonia Lucarelli, Alessandro Marrone (NATO, November 2014).
The book is the result of the third academic conference organized by NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), University of Bologna and Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Bertinoro, 15-17 May 2014.
Here you’ll find the link to the monograph.
Here additional details on authors and contents.
Here below the outline of the book:
As of 2014, the post-Cold War illusion of a more secure world has long given way to a gloomy perception of both the present and the future. It has never been so clear as in the past few years that challenges to international security emerge from several different fields (environmental, political, social, economic, etc), touch simultaneously on a wide range of geographic areas and involve different types of actors – from states to transnational and national terrorism, from organized crime to other non-state actors). In this transformed scenario, the regional dimension of security continues to be of utmost importance, even if regional and interregional dynamics have changed with respect to the past. Regions are the context in which cooperative communities can be created and stabilized over time (in the form of “Security Communities” for instance), the areas in which there is a higher interdependence in terms of security concerns (“Security Complexes”), or the areas in which local conflicts are more likely to spread. Regions are also historically-defined entities, whose borders are shaped and reshaped over time by security dynamics. Therefore, it is of paramount importance for an organization like NATO – which has security and cooperation at the core of its mandate – to understand the new and old security challenges by looking at their regional dimension, and to evaluate their interregional and global implications. This volume aims to contribute to this effort by analyzing regional dynamics, the eventual role of NATO in their regards, and possible ways to enhance cooperative security.