14th November – Similarities and differences to understand the “Human Terrain”

14th November – Similarities and differences to understand the “Human Terrain”


Naples, 14th November 2017 – A new Memorandum of Cooperation has just been signed by the NRDC-ITA and “l’Orientale” University of Naples, an event which marks the will of creating favourable condition for the implementation of the Comprehensive Approach.
The agreement has been signed by the Rector of the University, Prof. Elda MORLICCHIO, Giuseppe GIUNTO, the University General Manager, Prof. Marina GUIDETTI, the International Relations and Scientific Research Office Manager, and Maj. Gen. Maurizio RICCÒ, NRDC-ITA Chief of Staff.
The Memorandum will ensure the participation of professors, researchers and selected students of the University to the development of analysis aside the Knowledge Development (KD) team, which enables the understanding of complex dynamics to support the Commander with a robust set of information for a considered decision. All of them will be working together with Subject Matter Experts and analysts to provide an insight of the Political, Economic, Social, Infrastructural domains and with respect to the Information environment related to crisis response exercise scenarios so they will be putting their knowledge into practice with NRDC-ITA staff.
In the effort of providing a better understanding of complex phenomena, such as international crisis and instabilities, the NRDC-ITA has seen in the University of Naples “l’Orientale” an ideal partner, on the base of its solid tradition. The “Orientale” University of Naples in fact, is the oldest school of Sinology and Oriental Studies in Europe and has a strong tradition of language, cultural and social studies, both ancient and modern, relating to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
2010 NATO Strategic Concept identified among other measures, as a plus for an effective crisis management, to actively engage with non-military entities, for the coherence of the overall effort. In this view, academic institutions are able to contribute to consisting planning and execution of any crisis response operation: studying people and cultures, their relationships and their differences has been the mission of the “Orientale” since the very beginning in 1732, and all this experience becomes very useful to help the NRDC-ITA to better understand the so-called “human terrain”.