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I am a former, now retired, senior Italian diplomatic officer. I have spent many years (over 25) in Central Asia (sixteen in Afghanistan).

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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2016
Italy and the Myth of "Political Stability" The Italian Government is staking its future on a referendum on very controversial constitutional amendments. Success would enhance the risk of an authoritarian drift, in the name of "stability"
Via Appia Antica (Ancient Appian Way), From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 15, 2016
Are Western Democracies on the path to collective suicide? There are many symptoms, in the U.S. and in other "Western Countries" which raise the question of "Western Civilization's" survival
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 5, 2016
"Stability and electoral systems Does the confusion currently seen in the US electoral process - and echoed in other major Democracies - imply a crisis in the system?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Italy's Political Quagmire: is Berlusconi on the come-back trail? Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appeared to be totally out of the picture until a few weeks ago. An aggressive television campaign has made many believe that he still has a role to play
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 26, 2012
Italy. Professor Monti's first year in office. The end of "Videocracy"? The government led by the austere figure of Professor Mario Monti is in total contrast to the flamboyant style of his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi. What are the implications for Italy's political future?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Afghanistan's Civil Society faces a perilous future Afghanistan is no longer a leading news item, but the fate of Afghan Civil Society after the withdrawal of NATO troops should be taken into considetration
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 12, 2012
Is the "European Dream" still a reality? Half a century ago the "European Dream" seemed to be a reality. After a millennium of rivalry and wars, a handful of European countries appeared to have set aside their nationalist impulses, and to be well on the way to the creation of a "Unified Europe". Is Europe coming apart, and if so, can this tendency be reversed?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Is Afghanistan Doomed As A "Failed State"? Much is being written about the military situation in Afghanistan, but is sufficient thought being given to the country's destiny after the departure of the NATO forces?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2012
As The Romans Do? A recent scandal in the Roman regional Government, has again brought to light the fragility of the Italian political situation, in the face of an apparent stability,
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2012
The recurrence of September 11 has unleashed a flood of comments, some more understandable and cogent than others, but The current perception of "Islamic Terrorism" in the western world is dangerously superficial, and risks enhancing rather than controlling the phenomenon
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Is Rome still "The Eternal City"? There is a unique quality in Rome, which often escapes the notice of visitors: it is a city that lives its history like few others
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 10, 2012
Political Stability in Italy -- A contradiction in terms? The political situation in Italy is apparently stable. But underneath this image the danger of increased instability cannot be ignored
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 1, 2012
Afghanistan: The Final Curtain Call for NATO? The Afghanistan issue is receiving much less attention from the media, but the situation is far from encouraging and needs to be assessed
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 31, 2012
Somalia's Transition. A never-ending story Since the Kenya peace conference on Somalia (2001-2004) to which I actively participated as head of the Italian Delegation, Somalia's transition to "normality" has stagnated. This article tries to analyze the reasons for this and possible outlooks
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Gods on Mount Olympus: Rome 1960 - London 2012 When did the Olympics start changing from a sporting event to a megalomaniac show-case?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 8, 2012
All eyes are on Greece and Spain, but is Italy the real "Sick Man of Europe"? The political situation in Italy is fast deteriorating, and should cause more concern than the ongoing economic crisis
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Vatican Scandals: A Never-ending Story The recent spate of Scandals (mostly, but not exclusively financial) in the Vatican, could well indicate the existence of a severe power-struggle
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Italy's Present Situation Will Favor the Roman Catholic Church Few seem to have noticed the resurgence of the Vatican's heavy presence in Italian politics, brought on by the loss of credibility of the Italian political parties.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2011
THE "WAR ON TERROR" TEN YEARS ON An analysis of the basic mistakes committed by the "West" after the Twin Tower Attacks
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Catholic Church and Italian Politics A brief analysis of the surprising influence wielded by the Ctaholic Church on the Italian political and social scene

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