How to change your foreign policy in 100 days : a new course with the Prodi Government?
Title: How to change your foreign policy in 100 days : a new course with the Prodi Government?
Author: BRIGHI, Elisabetta
Citation: The international spectator : Italian journal of international affairs, 2007, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 129-140
ISSN: 0393-2729; 1751-9721
Conventional wisdom has it that the new government of Romano Prodi managed to effect a significant “shift” in Italy's foreign policy away from the course of the centre-right in the proverbial first 100 days of government. A number of discontinuities with the foreign policy of the Berlusconi government have been invoked, ranging from Italy's relations with Europe and its transatlantic posture, to its engagement with areas of crisis such as the Middle East. But these claims have to be substantially qualified. In fact, it appears that the foreign policy of the Prodi government has rather pragmatically blended elements of change and continuity, and that the shift which has occurred in some areas should be understood more as a combination of domestic and international developments than a result of the change in government alone. Moreover, in order to really change Italy's foreign policy – and change it for the better – the government should focus on a different set of priorities, mainly the institutions, instruments, politics, and ideas of foreign policy.
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