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    10 Dec. 2004 video
    Video interview - Enhanced Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    Publications
    NATO in the 21st Century
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    Security cooperation with the Mediterranean region and the broader Middle East
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    History
    Landmarks
    29-30 Oct. 2009
    International Conference on "NATO-UAE Relations and the Way Forward in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative”
    24 Jan. 2008
    Secretary General visits United Arab Emirates
    10 Sep. 2007
    NATO Deputy Secretary General meets the Crown Prince of Qatar
    6 Sep. 2007
    Deputy Secretary General meets Crown Prince of Bahrain
    5 Sep. 2007
    Deputy Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Kuwait
    21-22 June 2007
    Bahrain holds staff talks with NATO
    17 November 2006
    First visit of Emir of the State of Qatar to NATO
    22 June 2005
    United Arab Emirates
    to develop cooperation with NATO
    16 February 2005
    Qatar and Bahrain join Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    1 December 2004
    Kuwait joins Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    28 June 2004
    NATO launches Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    Ambassadorial Conferences
    2009
    NATO-United Arab Emirates Public Diplomacy Conference
    NATO-UAE Relations and the Way Forward in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    2008
    NATO-Bahrain Public Diplomacy Conference
    NATO-Bahrain Relations and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    2006
    NATO-Kuwait Conference
    "NATO and Gulf Countries: Facing Common Challenges Through the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative"
    2005
    International Conference
    “NATO and the Broader Middle East region”
    2004
    International Conference
    "NATO, the Mediterranean and the Wider Region of the Middle East"
    2003
    International Conference
    " NATO and Mediterranean security: practical steps towards partnership"
    2002
    International Conference "From Dialogue to Partnership: Mediterranean Security and NATO: Future Prospects"
    1999
    The Future of NATO's Mediterranean Initiative
    NATO/CERI Valencia International Conference, RAND-CERI Fellowship Study
    1997
    NATO's Mediterranean Initiative
    NATO / Ce.Mi.S.S.Rome International Conference, RAND Ce.Mi.S.S. Study
    1995
    Mediterranean Security, New Issues and Challenges
    NATO/RAND Brussels International Conference, RAND Corporation Report
    News
    10/03/2008 - NATO
    Bahrain chief of public security visits NATO HQ
    06/05/2007 - NATO
    NATO experts assist Kuwait in radiological protection planning
    17/11/2006 - NATO
    Qatar's Emir pays first visit to NATO
    22/06/2005 - NATO
    United Arab Emirates to develop cooperation with NATO
    22/06/2005 - NATO
    NATO elevates Mediterranean Dialogue to a genuine partnership, launches Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
    Background
    NATO's Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, launched at the Alliance's Summit in the Turkish city in June 2004, aims to contribute to long-term global and regional security by offering countries of the broader Middle East region practical bilateral security cooperation with NATO.
    Istanbul Summit
    Meeting in Istanbul on 28 June 2004, NATO Heads of State and Government decided to elevate the Mediterranean Dialogue to a genuine partnership.
    Frequently asked questions
    What is the difference between NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative?
    NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) is a ten-year old forum for political consultations and practical cooperation, which includes a bilateral and a multilateral component and involves countries of the Mediterranean area.
    Highlights
    Press tour of MD&ICI journalists on the occasion of NATO Foreign Ministerial Meetings
    3 Dec. - On 2-4 December 2009, the NATO Public Diplomacy Division organised a three-day press tour at NATO Headquarters for journalists from the main media organisations in the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative countries, on the occasion of NATO Foreign Ministerial Meetings.
    Secretary General opens NATO-UAE Public Diplomacy Conference
    29 Oct - On 29 October 2009, the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates organised an International Conference on "NATO-UAE Relations and the Way Forward in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative", which took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
    Deputy Secretary General of NATO visits the Kingdom of Bahrain
    19 May - On 19 May 2009 the Deputy Secretary General of NATO H.E. Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, to discuss the way forward in the political and practical cooperation between NATO and Bahrain, in the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
    Events co-sponsored by NATO's Public Diplomacy Division

    NATO Deputy Secretary General visits Kuwait
    27 January 2009

    High Level Opinion Leaders from ICI invited countries visit NATO
    10 December 2008

    MD and ICI press tour for MD Ministers meeting
    1-3 December 2008
    Senior journalists from Kuwait visit NATO
    13 October 2008 - NATO HQ
    Journalists from Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) visit NATO
    7 November 2008 - NATO HQ
    ICI Workshop
    "Exchange of Experience on Security Aspects of Energy Infrastructure"

    19 October 2008 - Doha
    Journalists from the Kingdom of Bahrain visit NATO HQ
    10 April 2008 - NATO HQ
    Journalists from ICI countries attend Bucharest Summit
    3-4 April 2008 - Bucharest, Romania
    NATO and Qatar organise a conference on NATO’s stabilizing role
    28 January 2008 - Doha, Qatar
    United Arab Emirates discuss cooperation with NATO
    24 January 2008 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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    Articles and speeches
    Speech by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the NATO-Kuwait Public Diplomacy Conference
    12 December 2006 - Kuwait City
    Speech by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the State of Qatar / NATO / Rand conference on NATO’s role in Gulf security
    1 December 2005
    Speech by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the high-level conference on NATO and the broader Middle East region
    18 March 2005
    Speech by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at Munich Security Conference on the broader Middle East region
    12 February 2005 - Munich, Germany
    Speech by NATO Deputy Secretary General, Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo at the Public Diplomacy symposium, at the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
    5 Sep. 2007 - Kuwait
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