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Calandra Webinar: 160 Years of U.S.-Italy Diplomatic Relations

On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S.-Italy diplomatic relations, the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute and the New York chapter of the Società Dante Alighieri host a webinarto discuss the future of the U.S.-Italy Diplomatic Relations in light of the notable changes in both countries.


U.S. President Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28, 2021 has added new content to the ongoing discourse on what a new transatlantic relation may look like currently and in the near future.The European Union has new leadership in key top jobs: Charles Michel, president of the European Council; David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament; Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. Italy has a new Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, formerly president of the European Central Bank, leading a unique government that includes political parties from the left, the centre and the right. Some call hisjob the toughest in European politics. And, equally significant, Russia’s and China’s aggressive moves in theEastern and Southern Mediterranean region are giving western diplomats thick portfolios on which they spend24/7 sleepless hours in trying to untangle.Cav. Uff. Mico Delianova Licastro, Member, Commissione di Garanzia/Estero, Italian Democratic Party, and President, USA Delegation, Italian National Olympic Committee, organized  the webinar and will moderate the discussion. The distinguished speakers will include Mr. Steven Erlanger, Chief European Diplomaticcorrespondent of New York Times, and Dr. Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent observer of International I.D.E.A.at the United Nations. The over-riding question is: “Will new political leadership in the United States, in Europe, and a new Prime Minister inItaly affect transatlantic relations, dynamics in the Mediterranean basin, and new geopolitical alignments?” The Honorable Fabrizio Di Michele, Consul General of Italy to New York, will offer opening comments. Dr.Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College-CUNY will openthe Webinar.



The Webinar is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 12:30 PM, NY time; 6:30 PM, ITALY time.



Register in advance at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YilhjfdrRPGs3sXUgj_Eiw.



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