An American from the West Coast, I have been living in Italy for many years. I got here young, with the diplomatic service as the US vice consul in Naples. There I realized that, as a grown up, I didn't want to be an ambassador. I turned to journalism as a correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the Daily Telegraph, and later on, I moved to the “other side of the desk” as chief of press for Olivetti, Fininvest and finally Telecom Italia. I deal with "private diplomacy", backing up large Italian companies in their international adventures. It's the diplomacy as I imagined it when I was young, with more or less clear goals and the means and autonomy to pursue them.