NATO ACT-Unibo Summer Workshop and Nato Model Event 2016

NATO Model Event 2016
Nato Model Event 2016
Nato Model Event 8-9 November 2015
Nato Model Event 2015

When? June 27-July 1 2016

Where? Università di Bologna, Scuola di Scienze Politiche, Forlì, Italy


The NATO-Unibo Summer Workshop and Nato Model Event 2016 offer highly performing and motivated IR graduate students a unique opportunity to study and enact the politics and practice of NATO, the challenges and opportunities that it faces in the evolving context of global security, particularly but not solely through the management of multilateral crises through the NAC (North Atlantic Council).

Co-sponsored by The NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the University of Bologna (Scuola di Scienze Politiche - Vicepresidenza di Forlì, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali) the 5-day Academic Program is designed to provide participants with selected analytical tools to take an informed, expert-led journey into NATO’s internal dynamics, evolving policies and relations. Hosted in Forlì, from June 27 through July 1 2016, by the Forlì VP at the Palazzo Morgagni venue and the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì, in the prestigious Sala del Consiglio, the NATO-Unibo Summer Workshop and Nato Model Event 2016 is a one-of-a kind opportunity to gain targeted skills and yearly up-to-date knowledge to discuss-reflect on NATO’s preparedness to face current and future challenges in an evolving global environment, across regions and policies, from social-scientific (institutional) and policy-oriented (pragmatic) angles. Additionally, the NATO-Unibo Summer Workshop will provide basic negotiation skills on core NATO issues, including strategic decision making under multiple constraints to be applied in the NATO Model Event.

Structure of the NATO ACT-Unibo Summer Workshop and Nato Model Event

During the Workshop, NATO staff, academicians and practitioners will interact with students through high-level talks and Q/A sessions on NATO’s structure, policies and challenges in the evolving context of international politics. Topics that will be covered include, among others, cooperative security and NATO partnerships, collective defense and crisis management beyond Art.5, NATO-UN relations, key trends in international politics and their implications for the future role of NATO. During the Workshop, Students will be allocated roles as National representatives (ambassadors, 28) in the NAC, Secretary General (1) and Media representatives (5). With the support of seminars, the ‘ambassadors’ and ‘media representatives’ will be required to deepen their knowledge on their assigned country/media role, in preparation of the Model Event, a two-day simulation of a string of crises to be managed by the NAC, which will also have to handle visibility issues, communication strategies and potential press leakages, as simulated by the challenging Media representatives. The 2-day concluding Nato-Unibo Model Event, now at its 10th Edition, will be guided and tutored by NATO ACT staff, with the support of Unibo personnel, through dedicated ACT simulation software and external audio-visual services.

Why apply? 

The 34 graduate students will have a unique chance to interact with - and contribute to - a top-level network of NATO personnel, NATO experts, academics, practitioners and young scholars to pursue knowledge-sharing and deepening on NATO, its current and future strategies, through cross-fertilization between the policy and academic worlds. The NATO-Unibo Summer Workshop and Nato Model Event 2016 is the first Summer Academic Programme of this kind to be offered in Europe, under the prestigious aegis of NATO ACT and the University of Bologna. It allows a diversified community (students, scholars and officers) to share, discuss, practice on NATO and NATO members’ relevant issues in the same venue, through participation in simulations of multilateral management of security crises in the North Atlantic Council (NAC). At a broader level, the Workshop and Model Event intends to contribute to the debate on multilateral management of security threats by raising awareness among selected highly performing graduate students, from Unibo and Partner Universities, on NATO, its mission, the present role of the Alliance and its adaptation to the changing security environment both at the global and at the regional level.

How to apply? 

The deadline has been extended until the 8th of June 2016 at 8.00 a.m. (Italian time)

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Here above you can take a look at the 2015 Edition of the Nato Model Event.

The NATO Model Event: a flagship activity of the Unibo-NATO ACT cooperation

Since AY 2006-2007, under the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Bologna and the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation HQ (SACT HQ), the School of Political Sciences – Forlì VP has been hosting the ‘Nato Model Event’ on a yearly basis.

In the past 10 years, the Unibo-Nato ACT ‘Nato Model Event’ has allowed more than 300 highly performing students to practice the political management and communication of international crises in the North Atlantic Council through role-play as national representatives of NATO member states, Secretary general and the Media. ‘Great, challenging fun’ has been one among the most recurrent feedbacks across time. Among past participants, some have continued along that track in their professional careers, as international officers or consultants on the multilateral management of security crises.

In addition to students from the School of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna, past Editions of the Nato Model Event have been attended by students from, among others, The University of Bath, The University of Cork (UCC), The University of Dublin (UCD), The University of Ljubljana, The University of Amsterdam, The Nova Universitade of Lisbon, The European University Institute, The Johns Hopkins University (Bologna Center), The University of Aarhus, Ozyegin University, The Università Cattolica (Milan), The Università Statale (Milan), The University of Palermo, The University of Catania, The University of Pavia.