Colonel (R) Giuseppe MorabitoFormer Head of Middle East Faculty
NATO Defence College
Colonel Giuseppe MORABITO was born in Rome on 3rd December 1959. He attended the 160th Course of the Military Academy in Modena (1978-80), graduating as a Second Lieutenant. In 1982, after completing two years at the School of Applied Military Studies in Turin, he was promoted to First Lieutenant. Colonel Morabito spent most of his operational career in Bersaglieri units (Italian Light Infantry), serving as a Platoon Commander and then as a Company Commander in the 1st Bersaglieri Regiment in Aurelia (Rome). Between 1992 and 1995, he successfully attended the 117th Senior Course of the Italian Staff College in Civitavecchia and the 1st Italian Joint Staff College Course. He then moved to the Italian Army General Staff in Rome (1995-1998), as a staff officer in the International Training Branch. From February to July 1997, he attended Senior Course 90 at the NATO Defense College in Rome. From 1998-1999 he commanded the 17th Infantry Regiment, after which he served as the Chief of Staff in the Granatieri di Sardegna Brigade in Rome (1999-2003). During this period he participated in missions in Albania, as Chief of Staff of KFOR-COMMZ (W) (2000) and as Chief of Staff of the NATO Headquarters Tirana - NHQT (2002). After his promotion to the rank of Colonel, he commanded the Sergeant School of the Italian Army in Cassino (2003) and participated in the Joint Force Operation in Bosnia Herzegovina, as SFOR Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (from January to October 2004). On 22nd February 2005, he was appointed Faculty Adviser and Senior Italian Representative at the NATO Defense College. From June 2008 to June 2012 he was the Chief of the NDC Field Studies Branch, organizing all NDC Field Studies abroad. Colonel Morabito was assigned to the NATO Defense College, as Director of the Middle East Faculty, from July 2012 to July 2016. The Faculty organizes courses for personnel from the MENAP region (Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan/Afghanistan), and the Director engaged in liaison, study and research activities with all MENAP countries. A Strategic Science graduate of Turin University (1999), he completed a postgraduate diploma at the Advanced School for International Civil Servants (S.I.O.I) in Rome (1991-2) and another in Humanistic Science at San Tommaso D’Aquino Catholic University in Rome, as well as several Master’s qualifications in International Affairs (Strategic Science, Mediterranean History, Enlarged Mediterranean, Albanian history). Since 2007 Colonel Morabito has collaborated as an external Researcher with three Italian Universities, focusing on the Balkans and the Middle East; he has also lectured extensively on the Middle East at leading military institutions in Italy and their counterparts in the Middle East. Colonel Morabito has relations on matters of mutual interest with Jordan, Israel, Tunisia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Since July 2016 Colonel Morabito is a member of the Institute for Global Security and International Affairs (IGSDA) and of the NATO Defense College Foundation (NDCF). He has a daughter (Martina, 1990). His interests include history, geopolitics and soccer.