4. Italian Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective

Chairs: Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania), Pierangelo Isernia (University of Siena), Francesca Longo (University of Catania)
Discussants: Osvaldo Croci (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Manuela Moschella (Scuola Normale Superiore), Richard Devetak (University of Queensland), Francesca Longo (University of Catania), Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania)

Date: Friday 26th June 2015
Room: Sala Grande


The aim of this panel is to contribute to the conceptual, empirical and theoretical research on the foreign policy of Italy. The Panel intends to analyze different aspects of the Italian foreign policy ranging from security issues and alliance politics, to the way Italy address global challenges (e.g. in climate change and immigration); how to best conceptualize the interaction of domestic and external factors in shaping Italian foreign policy and the influence of the global and regional context on the foreign policy structure and strategies of Italy. The Panel solicits a broad set of empirical, theoretical and conceptual papers, based on a plurality of research designs, theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Policy-oriented papers are also welcomed. In this panel will also be presented the first results of the project on the Italian Foreign policy financed under the PRIN 2013. We recommend a two sessions panel, one in which we address more theoretical issues and the security related problems and a second in which the Italian foreign policy on a variety of topics and issues ranging from immigration, the economy, from human rights to trade are discussed in a comparative perspective.



Session I - The Italian Foreign policy on Security Issues

The Italian Foreign Policy Elites and Italian Foreign policy
Linda Basile and Francesco Olmastroni (University of Siena) 

Italian foreign policy in Euro-Mediterranean perspective: the case of the 2006 crisis in Lebanon
Pietro de Perini (University of Padua)

The Theory of Foreign Policy Role and the Italian case
Pierangelo Isernia (University of Siena) 

The Foreign Policy of a Middle Power? The Italian participation at the international intervention in Kosovo
Francesca Longo (University of Catania) 


Session II - The Italian Foreign policy on Military interventions and Humanitarian aid

Italy’s military intervention to face new security threats: an analysis of the national debate in three intervention cases (Libya, Somalia and Haiti)
Fabrizio Coticchia and Michela Ceccorulli (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Pisa) 

 Italy’s state funding to countries in need of humanitarian and civil protection aid
Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania)

Immigration as a threat for security: the Italian media debate in the aftermath of the Libya crisis
Maria Grazia Galantino (University of Roma) 

The European Parliament's response to the 'Arab Spring'
Donatella M Viola (University of Calabria)


Session III - The Italian Foreign policy on Human Rights and Economic Issues

The ‘Three-Level Game’: Italy’s Foreign Trade Policy within the negotiation framework of the European Union’s Free Trade Agreements
Giuseppe Gabusi (University of Turin) 

Domestic Regulators and the Leveling of Banking Supervision: German and Italian Preferences towards the Single Supervisory Mechanism
Manuela Moschella (University of Turin)

The determinants of the Italian support to international criminal courts
Claudia Pividori (University of Padua)

Italy and the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Andrea Cofelice (University of Padua)