WEBINAR – How is Italy addressing international challenges stemming from Russian invasion of Ukraine?

7 JULY 2022
15:30 – 17:00 CEST


While Italy has resolutely condemned the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s subsequent destabilization of Eastern Ukraine, it has also joined EU efforts to challenge Russia through sanctions. In the meantime, however, Italy has often sought to balance EU responses with its national interests towards Russia. Contrary to the past, Mario Draghi’s government took an unequivocal firm stance towards Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Not only has the Italian government vocally reaffirmed the strength of the transatlantic bond between Rome and Washington, but it has also been the promoter of EU sanctions and of granting Ukraine official status as an EU candidate.

As the 2022 Ukraine War seems to have been a game changer in Italy’s foreign policy, a series of questions arises: To what extent has Italy’s diplomatic position evolved with the outbreak of the Ukraine war and how? What are the implications of the Italian government stance for Italian domestic politics? And how is Italy addressing international challenges stemming from Russian invasion of Ukraine?

To address such questions, this seminar will examine the internal and external dimension of Italy’s position on the Ukraine war. First, it will take stock of the reaction of Italian domestic politics and of the Italian diplomacy’s response to the war. Then, it will analyse two crucial issues for Italy’s position in the EU and the international arena: the migration and refugee dimension and energy security.Speakers: Lorenzo De Sio (LUISS Guido Carli); Serena Giusti (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)
Marco Giulia (Brussels School of Governance)
Michela Ceccorulli (University of Bologna)

Chair: Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré (EUI)
Organizer: Erik Jones (Director of the Rober Schuman Centre, EUI)

 The Webinar is a joint venture sponsored by Congrips, the European University institute, the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) and The Loop (ECPR’s Political Science Blog). 

CONGRIPS Business Meeting

The CONGRIPS Business Meeting will take place on Friday 16 September 18.30 – 19.30 during the PSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition | Montréal, Québec, Canada (venue to be confirmed). 

The Business Meeting is open to all existing members, potential members and those who wish to learn more about CONGRIPS. CONGRIPS is dedicated to analysing Italy not only on an individual basis but, more importantly, on a comparative basis, which means we encourage interest from specialists from other countries. Membership is only $10 per year or free if you are already a member of APSA.

This year’s meeting will include:
• Discussion of the CONGRIPS webinar series, following the highly successful January webinar on the Italian presidential elections.
• Discussion on the latest Open Access opportunities in journal publishing.
• “Meet the Editors”: an introduction to Blogging and The Loop, ECPR’s political science website, and the opportunities that academic blogs represent for wider dissemination of research
• CONGRIPS Lifetime Achievement Awards: 2020 (postponed due to Covid, but will be presented to Prof. Richard Katz) and 2022 (jury is deliberating).
We hope that you will be able to join us at APSA for both the panel and our Business Meeting!

2022 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition | Montréal, Québec, Canada | September 15-18th

Contemporary Italian Politics – Thu, September 15, 8:00 to 9:30am, TBA

Chair/Discussant: Erik Jones (European University Institute)

Italian politics changed dramatically in the last four years, starting with the March 2018 parliamentary elections and continuing through the Presidential elections of February 2022. Given the importance of Italy to the stability of European financial markets and the future of the euro as a common currency, understanding how and why that change has taken place is essential to understanding Europe’s future.

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Donatella Bonansinga (University of Birmingham) & Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)

‘Quality of Elections and the Italian Case: Concepts, Measures and Applications’
Fulvio Venturino (University of Cagliari) & Stefano Rombi (University of Cagliari)

 ‘The Administrative Elections of September 2021’
Salvatore Vassallo (University of Bologna)

 ‘The Italian Communist Party and the Meltdown of the Italian Party System’
Martin Bull (University of Salford)