The Underrated Ally: Italy in the Cold War

Most histories of the Cold War portray Italy as being passive, without its own ambitious foreign policy.

Ultimately Italy’s 'selling point' for a 'seat at the table' in Cold War was based on fragility - ‘we’re too big to fail’

Eirini Karamouzi

This panel discussion challenges that assumption by exploring Italian diplomacy during the Cold War and how Italian foreign policy was shaped by the country's domestic economy and politics.

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Event recorded May 9th 2018


In alphabetical order. Biographies from time of event recording.

Dr Eirini Karamouzi is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield. 

Professor Piers Ludlow is Deputy Head of Department and Director of Teaching Programmes at the Department of International History at the LSE.

Professor Antonio Varsori is Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Padova.

Dr Benedetto Zaccaria is a Research Associate at the Department of History and Civilisation at European University Institute in Florence.

Professor Vladislav Zubok is a Professor at the Department of International History at the LSE.

Chair: Dr Effie G. H. Pedaliu is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS who has previously held posts at LSE, KCL, and UWE.


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