Chapter 1: Italy in international relations: European benchmarks dates and national critical junctures.-
Chapter 2: March
1861 The challenging myth of the post-imperial legacy.-
Chapter 3: September
1943 Democratic transition and international adjustment.-
Chapter 4: February
1992 Italy in a post-bipolar world.
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This book aims to provide an overview of Italian foreign policy from the moment of unification to the establishment of the European Union. Three turning points are crucial in order to clarify Italy's foreign policy: 1861, the proclamation of the Italian Kingdom; 1943, when Italy surrendered in World War II; 1992, the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. The international position of Italy continues to be an enigma for many observers and this fuels misinterpretations and prejudices. This book argues that Italy is different but not divergent from other European countries. Italian elites have traditionally seen foreign policy as an instrument to secure the state and import models for development. Italy can still contribute to international security and the strengthening of the EU. At the same time, Italy is not a pure adaptive country and has always maintained a critical attitude towards the international system in which it is incorporated. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Chapter 1: Italy in the post-Cold War landscape: in search of a new identity1.1. Craxi's children: 1980s neo-nationalism and its legacy1.2. Cold War nostalgia 1.3. Paving the way for the Cavaliere
Chapter 2: Populism and foreign policy in Italy: an overview2.1. In the promised land of populism? 2.2. What international relations means for Berlusconi's populism 2.3. The challenge of Italian populism to foreign policy in Europe
Chapter 3: (Re-)Public Diplomacy. Silvio the storyteller 3.1. From institutional to personal diplomacy 3.2. Foreign policy explained to the Italians 3.3. Berlusconi's intellighenzia
Chapter 4. The `new diplomatic look'. Silvio the reformer 4.1. Branding Italy 4.2. The Farnesina besieged 4.3. Berlusconi the European?
Chapter 5: Security policy and the global finance crisis5.1. The politics of Berlusconi's foreign policy5.2. From Afghanistan to Libya: Italian dilemmas on war and peace5.3. Sailing into the storm: Italy and the global financial crisis
Chapter 6: Berlusconi and the EU6.1. Between enthusiasm for Europe and Euroscepticism 6.2. Assessing the peculiarities of Berlusconi's Euroscepticism 6.3. Concluding remarks
Chapter 7: Populism and foreign policy in Italy: the legacy7.1. The diplomat beyond the Cavaliere7.2. Turning back the clock: populism in the post-Cold War period7.3. Ready to throw in the towel?
Chapter 8: Epilogue.
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This book analyses the foreign policy of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian media tycoon and politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy in four governments. The authors examine the Italian position in the international arena and its foreign policy tradition, as well as Berlusconi's general political stance, Berlusconi's foreign policy strategies and the impact of those strategies in Italy. Given that Berlusconi is considered a populist leader, the volume considers his foreign policy as an instance of populist foreign policy - an understudied but increasingly relevant topic. (source: Nielsen Book Data)