Fabrizio Tonello

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Fabrizio Tonello

Fabrizio Tonello is Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua. He has held various teaching and research roles in the United States (University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University) and Italy (International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, University of Bologna). His latest book, La Costituzione degli Stati Uniti (Bruno Mondadori 2011) is a critical edition of the US Constitution - a volume which includes the text in Italian and in English, a vast apparatus of notes and a long introduction.

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Weakness at the center of the realm?

In 2018, the United States is confronted with a deeply unsettling question: How is it possible for a whole country to fall into the hands of a potential tyrant? With his daily attacks against the press, labeled “enemy of the people”, Trump seems to have crossed a red line and aligned himself with dark figures like Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan and Rodrigo Duterte...

The domestic impulses behind the Trump-Kim gamble

In 1972, there was the “Ping-pong diplomacy” that led to a meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong in Beijing. Their meeting changed the course of 20th century history and laid the groundwork for the complex relationship between China and the United States that exists today, part cooperation and part fierce rivalry...

Trump’s governing style and the risks to America’s interests

“He can elevate them and destroy them without danger.” What description could better fit US President Donald Trump’s behavior? In barely 14 months, he hired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, only to fire him three weeks later...

The unstable coalition behind president Trump

So far, Donald Trump’s record in implementing campaign promises is more or less zero. Yes, he withdrew the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change to be faithful to his rhetoric “Global warming is a hoax!” but he probably regrets that now that hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. What about the rest?...

The meaning and limits of an impeachment procedure

To make a long story short: does Donald Trump deserve to be removed from the office of president of the United States? Yes, probably. Can he be removed through impeachment proceedings? Yes, technically. Will he be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate? No, most probably...

The fireworks of the early Trump presidency

Boy, what a show! Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office easily dwarfed P.T. Barnum’s XIX-Century “Greatest Show on Earth” and there is no doubt that it is the President of the United States who can now claim the mantle of “Shakespeare of Advertising” given to the entertainment entrepreneur 150 years ago...

Trump’s approach to American jobs

Will Donald Trump “bring back” jobs to the United States? From the answer to this question depends the success or failure of his presidency. Immigration, environment, foreign policy: all the rest matters little compared to this issue: jobs, jobs, jobs...

The harsh reality facing post-Obama Democrats

To put things into perspective, it was only seven years ago when the Democratic Party controlled the Presidency (Barack Obama), the Senate (60 seats out of 100), the House (257 seats out of 435) and had a decent record of victories in the Supreme Court (four, often five, votes out of nine)...

Envisaging Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office

In October, the Trump campaign made public a document called “Donald J...

The battle for an unruly Congress

Hillary Clinton now has only a tiny lead in the polls over Donald Trump, but she can still profit from a favorable electoral college map, notably because of her competitiveness in swing states like Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida (Trump should win in all of them to be elected)...