With great satisfaction the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence presents the closing year newsletter n. 6/2021, which demonstrates the unwavering commitment of this COE in the service of the Alliance and its Partners.

Since its accreditation, the COE gathers and delivers knowledge and expertise in the field of SFA to NATO Nations and partners. It supports cooperation and interoperability among the wider multinational Community of Interest by providing a reference hub in the SFA field on concept development, doctrine, education and training to promote stability and reconstruction efforts for crisis scenarios.

Certain topics in the newsletter were further emphasized by the address of H.E. Ambassador Pontecorvo, who intervened during the launch of the COE’s first editorial project entitled “Promoting the Rule of Law and Good Governance”. SFA implications in international activities” and by the article edited by the Centre’s intern, Camilla Lavino, which stresses the importance of cultural awareness and competence in intercultural communication while engaging with interpreters and cultural mediators during SFA activities.

The NATO SFA COE’s courses are designed, inter alia, to strengthen negotiation skills and core competencies in order to enhance their effectiveness in crisis scenarios. One example is the SFA OPERATOR COURSE, which LUISS student Matteo Urbinati, COE intern, described in his article. He emphasized the added value of the role-playing and team building activities, during which the multinational participants observed and analysed their emotional responses in dealing with unforeseen and unusual circumstances.

Read the full newsletter Issue N°6 at the following link: https://www.nsfacoe.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Newsletter-Issue-No.6-December-2021.pdf