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France – Italy Strategic Forum (14 April 2015, Roma)

Josselin Droff March 30, 2015 Tags: , , , , , Uncategorized No comments
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The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), in cooperation with the Institut Français Italia, organizes a France-Italy Strategic Forum with the aim to analyze and discuss a number of issues on which outlining synergies scenarios and possible bilateral cooperations between the two countries. The project includes the drafting of three background papers and the organization of three conferences with Italian and French experts in the field of energy, defence and projection to the south of the Mediterranean (from Maghreb to Sub-Saharan Africa).

For more information see: http://www.iai.it/en/ricerche/france-italy-strategic-forum

Relations between the United States of America and Italy in the post-Cold War period: a defense-industrial perspective

Josselin Droff January 27, 2015 Tags: , , , Publications No comments

Relations between the United States of America and Italy in the post-Cold War period: a defense-industrial perspective
Cahiers de la Méditerranée, n° 88 (juin 2014), p. 157-181
Alessandro Marrone and Alessandro R. Ungaro

This article analyzes U.S.-Italian relations after 1989 from a defence-industrial perspective. It argues that the concentration and internationalization of the Italian defence industry, particularly through the creation of Finmeccanica, influenced bilateral relations by introducing a new element into defence industrial cooperation between the two countries.

Military procurement programs involving American and Italian governments and industries, based on several memorandums of understanding, have become an important component of transatlantic relations. In turn, these programs are influenced by the broader military and political relations between the United States and Italy, which have been particularly intense regarding Italy’s contribution to U.S.-led crisis management operations in Europe, Central Asia and the greater Mediterranean.

The paper argues that there is a two-way relationship between defence industrial cooperation and politico-military cooperation.