The Director, Col. Massimo Di Pietro, bid farewell to Dr. Susanna Capretti at the end of her internship and welcomed the new intern, Dr. Federico Martinengo as part of the ongoing cooperation reserved for students of the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli” (LUISS).

The Internship program, signed with the LUISS in January 2020, offers students enrolled at the academic institution the opportunity to carry out an internship and actively collaborate in the implementation of the projects of the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence (NATO SFA COE).

Together with other international experts, Dr. Capretti contributed to a project aimed at analysing the important link between SFA activities and the legal framework within which NATO personnel, international bodies and Local Forces must operate to effectively promote the stability of an assisted Nation.

In addition, she participated in and supported the organization of the SFA Operators course aimed at future Trainers, Mentors and Advisers in stabilization support missions in crisis areas.

Finally, Dr. Capretti also edited the NATO SFA COE Newsletter and wrote an article that explores the legal effects of the entry into force of the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), in the wider debate concerning nuclear disarmament.

Dr. Martinengo, who is passionate about NATO values, International Relations and Defence, is enrolled in a master’s degree in international Relations in the field of European Studies. In addition, he is collaborating with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the “EU Challenge” project: a university initiative that allows the participation in a simulation of the European Parliament’s legislative activities.

The experience at the SFA COE offers university students an excellent opportunity to learn more about the methods of military contribution to Stabilization and the related aspects of a political, legal and socio-economic nature. In addition, students have the opportunity to consolidate their academic knowledge, experience and understand the perspective of members of national and foreign Armed Forces and broaden their insight and understanding of NATO.