Brigadier Guiseppe MorabitoDirector
Middle East Faculty, NATO Defence College
Colonel Giuseppe MORABITO was born in Rome on 3rd December 1959. In 1978, he attended the 160th Course of the Military Academy in Modena graduating as a Second Lieutenant in 1980. 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 the Bersaglieri units (Italian Light Infantry), serving as a Platoon Commander and then as a Company Commander in 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 Italian Army General Staff in Rome (1995-1998) as staff officer in the international training branch. From February to July 1997 he attended the 90th Senior Course 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 the 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 Sergeants 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 Operation (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. Colonel MORABITO is currently assigned to NATO Defense College, as Director of the Middle East Faculty.
Strategic Science graduate at Turin University (1999) and International and Diplomatic Science graduate from Trieste University (2005). He completed a post graduate diploma at the Advanced School for International Civil Servant (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 Balkans and Middle East; he has also lectured extensively at leading military institutions in Italy.
He has a daughter (Martina, 1990). His interests include history, reading and soccer. Decorations and Medals:
- Gold Cross for Military Seniority;
- Italian Bronze Medal for Seniority in Command;
- Medal for Operations in Kosovo;
- Medal for Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Cross for military mission in Kosovo;
- Cross for military mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Knight’s Medal of the Sovereign Order of Jerusalem;
- German Bronze Medal for Peacekeeping Operation;
- French Medal for participation in Peacekeeping Operation;
- Spanish decoration for Peacekeeping Operation in Bosnia Herzegovina