The main goal of Model NATO is to provide specialized knowledge regarding international security and on the purpose of NATO.
The program requires selected participants to take part in an intensive six-day long training course. During the training course, lectures are alternated with active learning moments, where the class is engaged in team work, writing documents and simulating the activities of the North Atlantic Council, the principal political decision-making body of NATO.
The program focuses on strengthening soft skills (specifically public speaking and negotiation), that together with an empowerment of analytical skills will allow participants to develop their aptitude skills in complex situations.

Who should participate?

The Model NATO program is traditionally characterized by an inter-disciplinary nature and by the variety of participants. The course is equally available to civilians and military forces. That is, participants may include university students from the Armed and Police forces, public administration officials and managers, and civilian professionals.
By selecting participants from different training backgrounds and different professional experiences, the program aims to train a class that is varied in terms of knowledge, skills and age. The group will be highly dynamic and able to respond to the prompts given during the program.

Training course

The training course requires participants to acquire a uniform knowledge of theories and concepts pertaining to NATO, together with practical skills and strengthening soft skills. During a two-day long simulation of the North Atlantic Council, participants will be able to put into practice what they have learned.

The course is divided into the following modules:

NATO – mission, organization and operation:

Introduction to the institutional and political role of NATO, how it is organized and how it operates in the current global scene.

International relations and purpose of NATO

Understanding the main problems linked to international security, with special reference to the relationship between States, and to the new challenges of the globalized world, such as the threat posed by terrorism and cybersecurity

Negotiation techniques

The program will review how to prepare for a negotiation, analyze the differences between interests and positions, identify the possible alternatives included or not in the negotiation, focus on the problem and expand the pie.

Rules of procedure

Analysis and application of the rules that govern the North Atlantic Council meetings.

Speech and Public Speaking

Strengthening communication skills thanks to the acquisition of specific techniques that focus on how to deliver complex speeches in public, in both formal and informal settings. That is: how to deliver a speech in public, bilateral and multilateral interaction with a variety of counterparts.

Institutional drafting techniques

The main documents created by NATO, and the North Atlantic Council specifically, are analyzed. Participants learn how to write and amend documents.

Crisis simulation

Simulation of a North Atlantic Council session. The permanent representatives of the 29 member states are confronted with an international crisis scenario where NATO is required to intervene.

How to participate

The criteria for the selection of participants will be defined in a specific call for participants. In the call for participants all the requirements for participating will be indicated, together with the procedures the examination board will follow.
The call for participants for the next edition of the event will be available on this page in April 2021.

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