The new report by Friends of Europe to be released on June 25 highlights growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region and Italy’s central role in influencing Europe’s response. The study by Friends of Europe senior fellow Paul Taylor, a columnist for POLITICO and veteran former foreign correspondent for Reuters, examines the broad array of present and future threats, driven by long terms trends of climate change, demography and state fragility, and fueled by great power rivalry, resource conflicts, radicalization and Jihadist terrorism, and smuggling of people, arms and drugs. It will offer recommendations for how to optimise Italy’s defence policy to best assure its own long-term security interests and those of Europe.
The study complements four similar studies on , , the and ’s roles in European security and defence.
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Molto Agitato – Italy and Mediterranean security
Italy is a central player in security in the Mediterranean both because of its geostrategic location and role as a hub for NATO, US forces and the United Nations, and its contributions to military operations, peacekeeping, training and capacity building in the Med, North Africa, the Western Balkans and the Middle East all the way to Afghanistan. To achieve its security objectives, Rome needs the cooperation of the Euro-Atlantic institutions and the UN, yet despite its substantial contributions it has never won a permanent place in the inner circle of any of those organisations, and it has had to agitate for influence. Exclusion from the inner councils of Western power may be one reason why Rome has pursued a mercantilist foreign policy, sometimes criticized as opportunist, that tends to prioritise commercial interests, notably with Russia, China and Iran, over collective strategic considerations.
- What are the main guidelines of Italy’s defence policy? Which role plays its defence industry?
- How does Italy address the various security challenges in the Mediterranean?
- To what extent does Italy’s approach on migration affect areas like European defence cooperation and integration?
Report presented by
Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and Contributing Editor for Politico
Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO
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