U.S Congressional Delegation and NATO Parliamentary Assembly Representatives Visit the NATO Defense College
On 30 August 2021, the NDC welcomed the U.S. Congressional Delegation comprised of 14 delegates and representatives of the House Democracy Partnership, Mr David Price, Mr Vern Buchanan, Co-Chairs, and Mrs Diana DeGette, Representative Gerald Connolly, who also serves as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Mr Luca Frusone, head of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly. Together, they addressed Senior Course 139 and NATO Regional Cooperation Course 26 during what was an exceptional Lecture of Opportunity.
This is the delegation’s first visit to Rome since the outbreak of the pandemic, a most welcome engagement that shed light on the mission of the NATO Parliamentary Association for the benefit of the newly arrived Course Members. Representatives highlighted the importance of this consultative body, which facilitates parliamentary awareness and understanding of the key issues affecting the security of the Euro-Atlantic area, in addition to supporting national parliamentary oversight over defense and security matters.
“It struck me that the mission of the NDC, even now in 2021, is more critical than it probably has been in all decades past,” stated Representative Diana DeGette during the panel discussions. “Critical skills on consensus-building, negotiation and all the values of NATO will help you in your daily jobs in the member countries of this Alliance”.
The visit was a unique outreach and engagement opportunity for the NDC, which simultaneously offered guests a rare opportunity to discuss the role played by the NDC in educating both military and civilian personnel; to learn about its 70 years of history; and to gain insight into the emerging challenges the College will face in the near future.