17 May 2012
San Micheletto - Via S. Micheletto 3 (Classroom 6 )
Peace support operations have become one of the most important tools in the foreign policy of Western democracies. The recent volume "Italian military operations abroad: just don't 'call it war" (Palgrave 2012) is a study of the operations of a medium-size democracy in the last twenty years. The author presents the volume, which examines Italy's military operations through analysis of parliamentary debates and interviews with leading policy-makers from the time of the various missions abroad. The book presents a profile of Italy's long-term foreign and defence policy by applying a constructivist approach. It analyses the political culture of the MPs and top decision-makers in foreign and defence policy and compares their cultural frameworks with conditions of actual military deployment in the field.