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Italian foreign and security policy in a state of reliability crisis?

Marchi Balossi-Restelli, Ludovica (2013) Italian foreign and security policy in a state of reliability crisis? Modern Italy, 18 (3). pp. 255-267. ISSN 1353-2944

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13532944.2013.801667


This article focuses on Italian foreign and security policy (IFSP). It looks at three examples of the country's policy-making which reveal its poor results as a security provider, namely: Italy's tardy reaction to the violence in Libya in 2011, its prompt reaction to the Lebanon crisis in 2006, and its efforts to be included in the diplomatic directorate, the P5+1, approaching relations with Iran in 2009. The article considers whether government action has bolstered the reliability of IFSP and also discusses the country's FSP in terms of its basic differences from that of its partners in the European Union, France, Britain and Germany, envisaging how Italy could react to build more credibility. Italy's policy is observed through a three-pronged analytical framework enriched by concepts of the logic of expected consequences. The article concludes that IFSP is predictable, but it must still reveal that it is reliable, and explains why this is the case.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Association for the Study of Modern Italy
Divisions: International Relations
Centre for International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:18

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