Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism Planning for Somalia and the Horn of Africa: Implications for NATO and NSHQ Planning

January 10, 2012

The Hague, the Netherlands

Workshop Agenda

Dr. Jacquelyn K. Davis, Executive Vice President, IFPA
Dr. Rob de Wijk, Director, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
Opening Remarks
Lt. Gen. Frank J. Kisner, USAF, Commander, NATO SOF Headquarters (NSHQ) RADM Pieter Bindt, Director, Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD), the Netherlands
Session 1: The State of Play and Political Considerations Shaping Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism Planning at NATO and in Member States
  • The Situation in the Horn of Africa and Somalia: Al-Shabaab (Imaarah Islamiyah) and Ethnic/Clan Disputes
  • Intelligence Priorities and Sharing with Respect to Somalia and the Horn of Africa
  • Implications of the Arab Spring and Its Consequences for SOF/Intelligence Activities
  • National Political Issues and Constraints on Expanding Existing Operations
Session 2: Operational Considerations and Rules of Engagement
  • The NATO Debate on Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism in the Horn of Africa and Somalia: Which Members Support the Notion of Augmented Action, and under What Framework?
  • Expanding or Combining Ocean Shield and Atalanta to Maximize their Effects on Land: Possibilities for Coalition Operations and the Mandate Issue
  • Identifying Political and Strategic Objectives on Land and Intelligence-Gathering Requirements
  • Possible Constraints on SOF Employments and Caveats that Could Impact Planning
Session 3: Broader NATO and Regional Planning Considerations
  • NATO’s Partnership Activities and Their Impact: How Can They Best Be Leveraged for Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism Missions?
  • Australia, China, India, and Russia
  • Engaging the African Union (AU) and/or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) 
Session 4: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations for the Way Ahead
  • Chicago Summit