Italy's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century
A Contested Nature?
Edited by Ludovica Marchi, Richard Whitman, Geoffrey Edwards
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Italy’s foreign policy has often been dismissed for punching below its weight, for being too idiosyncratic and inconsistent.
This book offers new insights into the position attained by Italy in the contemporary world. It explores how the country has sought to take advantage of the passage from a bipolar to a multipolar system, the ways in which it has engaged internationally, the new responsibilities it has assumed, and the ways in which it conducts its policies in the pursuit of its interests, whether political or commercial. It argues that Italy is engaged internationally but there is a perception gap between its actions and what it actually delivers. As long as this gap continues, Italy is likely to remain a partial and inconsistent foreign policy actor. Divided into three parts:
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis and Italian studies.
1. Introduction Ludovica Marchi Balossi-Restelli, Richard Whitman and Geoffrey Edwards Part I –Context and processes 2. Italy in a wide framework Federico Eichberg 3. Processes of Italian foreign policy since 1989 – how black boxes can change Paul Furlong 4. The EU post-Lisbon milieu: a context available to Italy? Geoffrey Edwards Part II – Italy in a new global order 5. All quiet on the western front: Italy and transatlantic relations Osvaldo Croci 6. Italy in Europe: Between the first and second republic Antonio Missiroli 7. Italy and the BRICs – The political economy of a complex relationship Andrea Billi, Andrea Goldstein, Luigi Manzetti and Francesca Spigarelli Part III – Perspectives on security and defence policies 8. What is defence now for Italy? The armed forces Lucio Martino 9. Actors in defence decision-making in the light of contribution to European Defence Claudio Catalano 10. Finmeccanica: evolving the role of enterprise in Italian foreign policy Alberto DeBenedictis 11. Sant’Egidio’s diplomacy in crisis areas Roberto Morozzo Della Rocca 12. Italy and the challenge of mass migration: risks and opportunities Germano Dottori and Emanuela Paoletti 13. ‘Stable Unpredictability’? An assessment of the Italian-Libyan relations Nicola Chelotti and Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués 14. Values promotion and security management in Euro-Mediterranean relations: The case of Italy Fabrizio Tassinari and Ulla Holm 15. Conclusions Ludovica Marchi Balossi-Restelli, Richard Whitman and Geoffrey Edwards
Ludovica Marchi Balossi-Restelli has been Teaching Assistant to the course The New Europe: People, Places and Politics, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, and External Examiner on the International Relations and Global Politics programme, the American University in Rome (2011).
Geoffrey Edwards is Reader in European Studies in the Centre and holds a Jean Monnet chair in Political Science. He is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he is also a Graduate Tutor. He has held research posts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a number of other institutions including the Federal Trust and Chatham House. He specialises in the European Union, its institutions and its foreign and security policies.
Richard Whitman is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK. Professor Whitman is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (formerly known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and convenes the work of the Brussels-based European Policy Centre (EPC) programme on the European Union’s neighbourhood policy.