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NATO to expand Internet connectivity in Afghanistan
On 21 December 2009, the NATO C3 Agency and the Public Diplomacy Division of NATO have completed the signature process of the Letter of Agreement in support of the “SILK-Afghanistan” project. This is a significant step towards expanding broadband Internet connectivity for higher education throughout the provinces in Afghanistan.
Analysis of chemicals stockpiles in the Republic of Moldova completed
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11 December 2009 marked the completion of the analysis of 3245 tons of pesticides that were gathered together and moved to central storage places during the years 2006-2008 as part of a collaborative effort by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund, NATO Management and Supply Agency (NAMSA) and the OSCE.
NATO promotes information sharing to combat spread of weapons of mass destruction
From 15 to 17 December 2009 in Kiev, Ukraine, counter terrorism and security experts will meet with governmental agencies to explore the creation of a model for information sharing in the fight against weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation.
NATO science assesses the environmental impact of military activity
From 10 to 12 December 2009 scientists and experts from the United States and Croatia met in Vieques, Puerto Rico (USA) to review the environmental impact of military activities. At this SPS funded workshop, discussions focused on the rise in conflicts over natural resources such as oil, water and arable land, and climate change; perceived to be significant “threat multipliers” impacting national and international security.
NATO science cooperation aims to protect Caspian Sea environment
From 2 to 4 December, an advanced research workshop in Ferrara, Italy, aims to define a system for detecting and preventing soil erosion, sea level changes and pollution, and exploitation of fish stocks in the Caspian region.
NATO launches rocket fuel oxidiser destruction project in Uzbekistan
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On 26 November, a NATO-sponsored project to destroy 1,100 tonnes of mélange was launched in Uzbekistan. This highly toxic substance, a rocket fuel oxidiser that was used during the Soviet era, has been kept in deteriorating storage conditions, posing a risk to the environment and local population.
Science cooperation helps improve Egypt’s water supply
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From 24 to 27 October in Luxor, Egypt, a NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) workshop assessed the potential of riverbank filtration to supply drinking water in areas adversely affected by climate change. A technique widely used in large and medium sized cities in Europe and the United States, riverbank filtration is seen as an answer to the many challenges Egypt faces in the area of water supply.
NATO helps prepare emergency response professionals for mass casualty situations
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From 16 to 18 November, a three-day course in Haifa, Israel, sponsored by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme, is providing emergency management professionals with training on staff teaching and preparation methods in the face of mass casualty situations.
NATO SILK board looks at future of computer networks in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan
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From 3 to 6 November, the supervisory board of the Virtual Silk Highway (SILK) project is holding its 20th meeting at NATO Headquarters to discuss the way ahead for Internet connectivity among academic communities in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan.
Science showcased at ''NATO Days in Ukraine''
From 18 to 25 October, the NATO Days in Ukraine annual briefing tour took place in the cities of Kharkiv, Sevastopol, Lviv and Kyiv. The event aimed to raise NATO’s profile within Ukraine’s military academies and universities, and highlight science’s potential to enhance security.
Workshop in Lithuania examines energy security issues
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The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme sponsored a Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) workshop on energy security issues on 16 October at the Lithuanian Academy of Science in Vilnius. The Senior Adviser to the President of Lithuania, Nerius Udrenas, gave the opening address.
Workshop raises awareness of cyber terrorism as a threat to state security
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An advanced training course on cyber terrorism was conducted in Chisinau, Moldova, from 12 to 16 October, to examine ways of developing national awareness and prevention programmes to inform governments, academic institutes, businesses and private users of cyber security risks.
Connecting Universities in Ukraine
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17 September saw the completion of a NATO Networking Infrastructure Grant in Ternopil, Ukraine, which helped set up and improve the Internet connectivity of four major research and educational institutes in the region.
Spring 2009 - Kick-off of new Science for Peace and Security projects
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Six recently awarded Science for Peace and Security (SPS) projects have had their kick-off meetings in spring 2009. These projects are dealing with various security challenges that were identified by the nations as key priorities for SPS cooperation: the mitigation of risks caused by land deformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan; the development of rapid pathogen detection to protect humans; the remote monitoring of desertification in Jordan; and the bio-remediation of toxic mining pollution in Portugal, Tunisia and Morocco.
Science for Peace and Security information day in Kazakhstan
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An information day on NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme took place on 24 June 2009 at Al-Farabi University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event was planned to coincide with the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council Security Forum held in Astana on 24 and 25 June 2009.
Progress in NATO-Ukraine scientific and environmental cooperation

The Deputy Minister for Education and Science of Ukraine attended the 9th meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group for Scientific and Environmental Cooperation at NATO Headquaters on 29 May. Dr. Maksym Strikha met with Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Jean-François Bureau to discuss achievements and future opportunities for NATO-Ukraine cooperation in security-related science and technology under the SPS Programme.
Afghan trainees help expand NATO internet connectivity programme



On 25 May, thirteen young Afghan professionals in information technology began a three-week-long Advanced Training Course, “Managing an Academic Network,” at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Provided with scholarships, travel, and living expenses by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme, the students aim to gain the technical skills to extend the “NATO Virtual Silk Highway” internet network beyond the University of Kabul and into universities throughout Afghanistan’s provinces.
NATO holds conference on “Intangibles of Security”
As part of their joint initiative “Security: Advancing a Framework for Enquiry (SAFE)”, the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme and the European Science Foundation held a conference on “The Intangibles of Security”, 21-22 April, in Brussels.
Transparent Armour
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A team of scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of a new transparent layered armour window system against armour-piercing ammunition, including tungsten carbide bullets, at a shooting range in Slavicin, Czech Republic, on 3 March 2009.
Expanding internet connectivity in Afghanistan
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Named after the Great Silk Road trading route linking Asia and Europe, the NATO Virtual Silk Highway (SILK) provides affordable, high-speed Internet access via satellite to the academic communities of the Caucasus and Central Asia. The SILK project is operational at Kabul University, Afghanistan, since 2006, and is now looking into expanding the network to the provinces.
SPS workshop rethinks approaches to cyber security
Experts from Israel, Italy and several other NATO countries will attend the SPS-sponsored workshop “Operational Network Intelligence: Today and Tomorrow” to be held on 6-7 February 2009 in Venice, Italy. The overall purpose of the workshop is to rethink present strategies and identify urgent measures to be taken in order to minimize the strategic and economic impacts of cyber attacks.