On the 16th of December the NATO SFA COE attended an international meeting at the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations with personnel from the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Section of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI).

The aim of the meeting was to introduce the NATO SFA COE’s main projects, emphasising the strong connection between DDR and SFA activities in a holistic framework of Military Contribution to Security Sector Reform.

After the Director’s introduction, the Lessons Learned Section Chief examined the results of the “SFA Operator Project” and pointed out the pivotal role of the Human dimension, explaining the 4 main aspects of the profile: core competencies, psychological traits, professional background and training and education.

Moreover, the Legal Advisor presented the NATO SFA COE publication on promoting the Rule of Law and Good Governance, the analysis of the various aspects of, and challenges to, SFA in crisis zones and how the main International Organisations are involved in supporting this initiative.

She also described the new editorial project entitled “The Insights on Strategic Advising for SFA” that will be a useful tool to understand the complexity of the environment in which the Advisors operate.

In the second part of the meeting, experts affiliated with the DPO OROLSI presented their contributions to the book, explaining the United Nations approach to DDR and offered the UN perspective in preventing violent conflict by Building Integrity in the security sector.

NATO SFA COE is actively working to ensure a SFA programme within the Defence Capacity Building activities and cooperates with the main Stakeholders in the field.