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International Workshop

  • Meeting in digital format
  • 26 May 2020

    China in the post-Covid order: implications for the EU and Italian business interests

      The Covid-19 crisis is rocking the world economy, and in the wake, no less, of an already partially underway “de-globalization” process. The diversification – and possible fragmentation – of the global supply chain presents a major challenge to the Chinese economy, but it is not at all certain that it will have such drastically negative effects on global growth, since there are a great many companies (including some Italian ones) interested today in breaking into the Chinese market, and Chinese companies interested in diversifying trade partnerships.

    • Rome
    • 14 May 2015

      The spirit of Europe. What Europeans can do together for a political Union

        Reviving the spirit of Europe means, first and foremost, returning to the roots of the political and cultural project of integration. While maintaining a critical stance with regard to the Union’s current practical shortcomings, we must not forget the exceptional results that have been achieved in terms of rights and guarantees that European citizens today consider normal but which are not at all so in many other parts of the world. In that sense, the ideal and historical dimension must also be combined with a pragmatic vision aimed at the efficient tackling of present priorities.

      • New York
      • 10 February 2015

        Italy: we are open for business

          Firm grounds for optimism clouded by fears of old: this was the sentiment most repeated throughout the debate at the third “Italy meets the United States of America” Summit in New York, with this year’s edition entitled “Italy: we are open for business”. The event, organized by the Italian Business & Investment Initiative, Aspen Institute Italia, and the Council for Relations between Italy and the United States, was aimed at illustrating to US investors the opportunities offered by Italy for incoming and outgoing investment.

        • New York
        • 28 February 2014

          The economic future of Europe and the US, the TTIP implications and investment opportunities in Italy

            Organized in collaboration with the Italian Business & Investment Initiative, this international workshop highlighted a renewed openness towards investing in Italy precisely because it possesses – albeit frequently not well-known – assets of interest to investors. It was stressed, however, that implementing (not merely announcing or adopting) reforms, and providing certainty, consistency and a business-friendly environment, remain the real challenges to overcome, as there is fierce competition between nations to attract foreign investment.

          • Meeting in digital format
          • 11 February 2021

            Managing migration flows while living with a pandemic: lessons learned and new tools

              The international landscape, for both Europe and for Italy, has changed significantly since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing migration issues even more sharply to the fore.  The movement of persons has not ceased and migratory flows toward Europe remain considerable, albeit asymmetrical. An example is how movement toward Greece has diminished while Italy is seeing an approximately three-fold increase, mainly from Tunisia and Libya.

            • Meeting in digital format
            • 17 September 2020

              The cum-Covid recovery: comparing best practices. How to combine health and business

                The main challenge associated with the spread of Covid-19 into the autumn/winter is going to be healthcare facilities’ ability to diagnose and treat a growing number of virus cases (as per all predictions) and distinguish them from seasonal flu. While Covid countermeasures will surely contribute significantly to reducing the incidence of regular flu, the annual illness will in any case continue to deplete healthcare resources.

              • Meeting in digital format
              • 22 October 2020

                The future of America. Trump’s legacy and policy challenges

                  Almost without exception, the polls point to a situation differs structurally when compared with 2016 – despite the statements of both electoral campaign, and precisely in relation to the reliability of predictions, aimed at mobilizing their respective supporters.

                  The majority of pollsters assign a probability of no more than 20% to a Trump victory in the Electoral College, which is the real determining factor in who becomes President, regardless of the popular vote. While Biden winning by a slim margin is realistic, a bigger win seems more probable at the present moment.

                • Brussels
                • 20 June 2018

                  Crisis across the Atlantic. Preserving the Europe-US link

                    The Brussels event of June 20-22 (the Transatlantic Strategic Dialogue) was the crucial step to consolidate the link between the US Strategy Group and its European counterpart. The Dialogue will continue as a regular feature, gathering the two Strategy Groups at least once a year. The next such meeting has been scheduled for the end of January, 2019, in the US.

                  • Rome
                  • 29 November 2017

                    The grand energy transition: Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe

                      The Eastern Mediterranean region is undergoing a profound transformation as regards the energy sector, in the context of a changing energy landscape in terms of demand, supply and available technologies. The MENA region as a whole is fast becoming a major energy importer, just as the US has already become a major exporter – and possibly a “swing producer” directly affecting world energy prices.  Inevitably, various geopolitical considerations come into play along the path to a new equilibrium.

                    • Florence
                    • 1 July 2016

                      Climate Strategies post-COP21 and Sustainable Economies in Europe

                        The Paris Agreement has received mixed assessments, but it is widely recognized that it is indeed a step in the right direction. The framework allows for improvements and adjustments with respect to the key goal: Paris aims for peaking of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible and undertaking rapid reductions thereafter.

                        However, the 2°C target is unlikely to be achieved without the adoption of new policies and technologies.

                      • Rome
                      • 1 December 2016

                        Post-election America: political and economic challenges

                          The starting point of discussions at this international workshop was an examination of the extent to which the result of the US election in November 2016 has engendered widespread concerns for the entire framework of transatlantic relations. The fears that have arisen relate to the future of agreed rules and dialogue vehicles, as well as the core values that underpin liberal democracy, in light of the strong nationalist bent (especially on economic matters) as well as the slant on alliances demonstrated by Donald Trump during the election campaign.

                        • Rome
                        • 4 May 2016

                          International Forum on Food Security Coordination

                            The UN Rome-Based Agencies—the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)—develop and implement critical food security and humanitarian interventions at the global level. Each agency’s impact is magnified through effective collaboration and partnerships with corporations, NGOs, and national governments, play a growing role in scaling pilot projects and marshaling funds for urgently needed food system development.

                          • Rome
                          • 7 July 2016

                            Europe after Brexit: a new start or a dead end?

                              The participants at this international workshop noted that the political situation in the UK has been confused and in many respects unpredictable in the immediate wake of the recent EU membership referendum. This is especially because the outcome of the vote caught many of the key players unawares in both the “leave” and “remain” camps.

                            • Roma
                            • 22 November 2016

                              German security policy and the future of the Bundeswehr

                                One of the main objectives of the German White Paper is to build consensus on security and defense policies. This objective is an especially difficult one in this period of tight budgets, and with public opinion in nearly every European country concerned on a variety of fronts and often inclined to criticize governments regardless of the merits of their specific choices.

                              • Rome
                              • 1 December 2016

                                In search of security for European citizens: the rationale for a redesigned EU

                                  Though each European country has its own political cycles, as well as its own specific economic characteristics, there are objectively a number of common political trends, worrying because of their impact on policy decisions.  The main danger is of a vicious cycle of political and economic instability, against the backdrop of widespread mistrust of both national and international institutions.  Of course, Donald Trump’s election confirms the great dissatisfaction felt by voters in all the advanced economies, whose overall effects are still difficult to assess.  The familiar u