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L'Italia e la politica internazionale. Edizione 2003


The fourth volume of the IAI-ISPI yearbook, follows the political and economic events of the year 2002. The eighteen chapters that make up this volume examine and interpret the chain of consequences that occurred throughout 2002, following the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 in Washington and New York, which have influenced every aspect of international life, In effect, the "global war against terrorism" has become the guiding line and criterion of action for the great world power, the United States, but it is also at the top of the agenda of the main international, regional and world-wide organisations, starting from the United Nations. As regards to the international institutions that operate in the economic and financial sector, problems connected to the transparency of transactions and exchanges have acquired a valence and political urgency that were previously unknown. The first section of this volume offers the customary panorama of the international scene. In light of this, the general outlines of Italian foreign policy are analysed in the second part of the volume, together with questions of unquestionable international importance, such as immigration regulations and the foreign policy competence of regions. The third part of the yearbook opens with a close-up view on the processes of change in Italy's international identity in the European Union and Nato, while a specific section is dedicated to the challenges that have arisen in world economy, from the search for new rules following the recent financial scandals (Enron) to the debt crises of emerging countries. The volume concludes with a review of the areas that have become crucial for world political-economical stability and equilibrium: the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, the Caucasus, central-southern Asia and Latin America.

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