The Permanent Observatory on International Issues

The Eurispes has set up the Permanent Observatory on International Issues, entrusting its presidency to Ambassador Giampiero Massolo, President of Fincantieri and ISPI and former General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and General Director of the Department of Information for Security.

The Observatory can rely on the support of a Scientific Committee comprised of authoritative representatives from academia, institutions, and civil society who have joined the project and contributed their expertise in various fields of action.

The Observatory’s goal is to study the evolution of the international relations system, particularly current trends in relations between leading state and non-state actors. Particular emphasis is placed on evaluating the Italian national interest and redefining and promoting it as circumstances change, thus emphasising the issues to be addressed from an Italian perspective.

The Observatory proposes conducting studies and analyses in collaboration with government agencies and leading Italian and international research institutes and universities. Through periodic meetings and comparisons, the Observatory will conduct in-depth thematic studies of current and prospective interest.

Scientific Committee

CHAIRMAN

Amb Giampiero Massolo – Chairman Fincantieri, former Director DIS

DEPUTY CHAIRMEN

Prof Gustavo Piga – Full Professor of Political Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Cons. Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini – Magistrate, Legal Advisor MAECI

SECRETARY GENERAL

Lawyer Marco Rago – Lawyer

COMPONENTS

Prof Stefano Albertini – Clinical Professor of Italian New York University, Director Casa Italia Zerilli

Prof Alessandro Aresu – Scientific Director of the School of Politics, Head of the Technical Secretariat of the Minister for the South and Territorial Cohesion

Dr Francesco Aureli – Director General of Frontier Health, Director of the Centre for Migration at Ortigia Business School

Dr Sabrina Bellosi – Journalist

Dr Barbara Beltrame – Vice-President of Confindustria with responsibility for internationalisation

Dr Francesco Caio – CEO SAIPEM

Dr Barbara Carfagna – Journalist

Prof Roberto De Vita – Professor, lawyer, President of Eurispes Cyber Security Observatory

Prof Germano Dottori – Professor of Strategic Studies at Luiss University

Prof Paola Gaeta – Professor of International Law, University of Bologna

Gen Fernando Giancotti – President of the Centre for Advanced Defence Studies – CASD

Dr Luca Giansanti – ENI Vice President in charge of European Affairs

Dr Patrizia Grieco – President Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Dr Daniele Manca – Journalist, Deputy Editor Corriere della Sera

Dr Marco Piantini – Senior expert in the Gentiloni cabinet

Dr Cecilia Piccioni – Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation DGSP

Prof Lucrezia Reichlin – Full Professor of Economics at the London Business School

Ludovica Rizzotti – The Economist

Dr Alberto Sangiovanni- Vincentelli – Researcher at Berkeley University, entrepreneur

Gen Paolo Serra – General of Army Corps in reserve, former Commander of the Army’s Operational Forces North, Commander of Operations carried out in NATO and UN theatres, UN ASG for UNIFIL and UNSMIL

Hon Domenico Siniscalco – Economist, Vice Chairman Morgan Stanley

Prof Francesco Vaia – Director of the Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital in Rome

 

Documents

Notizie e Approfondimenti Osservatorio

Briefing No 10 4/2022 – Ukraine, from flash war to frozen war

Briefing No 10 4/2022 – Ukraine, from flash war to frozen war by FRANCESCO BECHIS The Russian war in Ukraine has turned into a great cemetery of plans and predictions. […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – March 2022

Reading tips – Mach 2022 Paul Krugman, The American Right has a Puntin problem (The New York Times): Just a few weeks ago many influential figures on the U.S. right […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – February 2022/3

Reading recommendations – February 2022 – 3   Roger Cohen, At Munich Conference, a Troubling Word: Appeasement (The New York Times): President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine reminded his Western counterparts […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – February 2022/2

Reading tips – Febbraio 2022/2   Guy Chazan e Max Seddon, Germany’s Russia problem (Financial Times): Under mounting pressure to provide more help to Ukraine as it braces for a […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – February 2022

Reading tips – January-February 2022 Janan Ganesh, How the pandemic exposed the myth of the Anglosphere (Financial Times): Yes, he might lose his job, US-resident Brits are currently having to […]

Proceedings of the webinar “Italy: remote scenarios, close interests”

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, the webinar organised by Eurispes’ Observatory on International Issues took place, focusing on the theme “Italy: remote scenarios, close interests“. The speakers were the President […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – December 2021

Demetri Sevastopulo. One of the largest shifts in geostrategic power ever (Financial Times): While the Pentagon keeps a tab on the full range of military expansion of China, the nuclear […]

Webinar “Italy: remote scenarios, close interests”

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Italian time) Eurispes Observatory on International Issues promotes a video conference on the following topic:   ITALY: remote scenarios, […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – November 2021-2

Reading tips – November 2021 (1) Joseph S. Nye, When it comes to China, don’t call it a ‘Cold War’ (The New York Times): A new idea is gaining currency […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – November 2021

The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink (New York Times): The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – October 2021-2

Reading tips – October 2021 (2) Gideon Rachman. The moment of truth on Taiwan is getting closer (Financial Times): Would America go to war over Taiwan? That question has seemed […]

Germany seeks a new direction after the Merkel era

These were the elections of the “first time”. For the first time in Federal German history, the ballot box gave the Country a fragmented vote, which made it necessary to […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – October 2021

Reading tips – October 2021 Chris Buckley. Australia’s Submarines Make Waves in Asia Long Before They Go to Sea (The New York Times): Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – September 2021 -2

Reading tips – September 2021 (2)   Benjamin Barthe. Le Qatar au centre du jeu diplomatique afghan (Le Monde) : Depuis la chute de Kaboul, l’émirat est un passage obligé […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – September 2021

Reading tips –  September 2021   Mazzetti, Barnes e Goldman. I.A. wanted to return to its job. Not likely (The New York Times): As the Afghanistan War wound down, the […]

Briefing n.9 9/2021 – G20, the pandemic as a litmus test of the absolute need for multilateralism

The organisation of a G20 Presidency requires extensive and lengthy planning, starting long before the mandate is undertaken and following a precise design to identify the thematic priorities to be […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – August 2021

Sébastien Boussois. Porquoi l’Opep est au bord de l’implosion (Les Echos) : C’est la première fois que les Emirats arabes unis s’opposent de manière aussi ouverte à leurs alliés saoudiens. Les […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – July 2021/2

Simeon Kerr. Tariff dispute stokes Saudi-UAE rivalry (Financial Times): Trade threatens to become the latest flashpoint in the economic and strategic rivalry between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi and risks adding […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – July 2021

Janan Ganesh. Washington would prefer a China contest to the forever wars (Financial Times): Washington has no more complicated lobbying firm than the Pentagon. As such, the war games which […]

Briefing No 8 6/2021 – Biden in Europe revives the Euro-Atlantic partnership

The US President Joe Biden concluded his first foreign trip, which favoured Europe. After Cornwall for the G7 summit, he moved on to Brussels for the NATO and US-EU summits […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – May 2021/3

Martin Wolf. Reasons to worry about US inflation (Financial Times): There are reasons to worry about US inflation. Both monetary and fiscal policy are, by historical standards, wildly expansionary.   […]

Briefing n.7 5/2021 – Global climate crisis, the geo-economic and diplomatic challenge

The challenges of global climate change and the geopolitical repercussions between countries. What is the situation after the Paris Agreement, and how the US and China address the need for […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – May 2021/2

Sylvie Kauffmann. Les sirènes de l’Indo-Pacifique (Le Monde): L’UE a suspendu son projet d’accord global d’investissement conclu avec Pékin en décembre 2020. La nouvelle dynamique géopolitique favorise un rapprochement avec […]

Reading tips | The Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – May 2021

Dominique Moisi. Erdogan, Xi Jinping et Poutine : trois hommes, une ambition (Les Echos) : Pour qu’un Empire naisse, il faut qu’un Empire meure ». C’est par ces mots que s’ouvre […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – April 2021

Ben Hall. Sanctions spat has forced EU to reassess its China strategy (Financial Times): The sanctions exchange last week has also forced the EU to reappraise its China strategy.   […]

Briefing n.6 4/2021 – Libya is still an unknown factor in its long post-Gaddafi

What follows is not always progress, Alessandro Manzoni warned. And in Libya, when Gaddafi failed – who managed to unite the Country against himself – the never dormant cultural and […]

Briefing no.5 03/2021 – Route to Africa: multiple identities and the Italy’s role

On 15 December 2020, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio launched the “Partnership with Africa”, a strategic policy document delineating our country’s attitude towards the African continent. This paper represents a […]

Reading tips | The Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – March 2021/2

Roger Boyes, “Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain is following America’s footsteps”, The Times: The government’s defence and foreign policy review makes it clear that we’re playing second fiddle to the USA. […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – March 2021

Shrimsley, R., “UK’s policy on China is full of contradictions”, Financial Times, 10 marzo 2021. New global strategy exposes the conflict in Boris Johnson’s approach to Beijing   Dèbes, F., […]

Briefing n.4 – 02/2021 The russian winter of 2021: new internal and external challenges

Despite the extreme conditions of the Russian winter and the still worrying sanitary conditions, in the last few weeks tens of thousands of Russian citizens have taken to the streets […]

Briefing no.4 02/2021 – The Russian winter of 2021: new internal and external challenges

Despite the extreme conditions of the Russian winter and the still worrying sanitary conditions, in the last few weeks tens of thousands of Russian citizens have poured into the streets […]

Reading tips | Eurispes Observatory on International Issues – February 2021/2

Gibbons-Neff, T. – Shah. T., “The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink”, The New York Times, 15 febbraio 2021. The Taliban have positioned themselves […]

Briefing No 3 01/2021 – EU-China investment agreement: is it worth the effort?

The EU-China Agreement What is the common thread linking three seemingly different documents such as the Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong (1984), China’s accession to the WTO (2001) and the […]

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