NATO to Establish Tunisian Intelligence ‘Fusion Center’

The western defense organization, NATO has announced its intention to establish an intelligence ‘Fusion Centre’ in Tunisia, which will provide support to Tunisian Special Operations Forces. According to a statement issued on Saturday, the Fusion Center is to be one of a number of initiatives intended to “project stability beyond the Alliance’s borders.” No further details have been provided upon the specifics or location of the new center. Fusion Centers typically involve a number of different government and non-government agencies, who are able to promote and share intelligence across different disciplines. This latest agreement is an extension of the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme signed between NATO and Tunisia in 2014, which is in itself part of NATO’s two decade old Mediterranean Dialogue. As part of that dialogue, similar agreements have been signed with Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco. In addition to the Tunisian Fusion Center, NATO also announced the launch of a new maritime security operation in the Mediterranean. The new initiative, Operation Sea Guardian will have a broad scope, including providing situational awareness and combating smuggling and terrorism. Commenting on the new initiative, NATO General Secretary Stoltenberg said, “We intend to work closely with the European Union’s Operation Sophia in the Central Mediterranean, building on our swift and effective cooperation with the EU to cut lines of international human trafficking in the Aegean”. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established in 1949 and was intended as a mutual defence association against the perceived threat to the west from the Soviet Union in the post war period. It’s members include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 1952, Greece and Turkey became members, joined later by West Germany (1955) and Spain (1982).
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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