Italy

Italy at the Crossroads

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we examine the outcome of Italy’s general election in which populist parties surged to power, but none held enough seats to build a government.

Italy and Nuclear Power: A day of study dedicated to the presentation of sources and archives on the history of Italian nuclear power

9:30 Introduction, Nicola Antonetti

10:00 - The Historical Archive of ENEA - Chair, Leopoldo Nuti

- Historical-technological sources and contemporary history: Reflections on the recovery of the ENEA Historical Archive, Giovanni Paoloni (Universita La Sapienza, Roma and Comite d'histoire de l'electricite et de l'energie, Fondation EDF, Parigi)

- The technical-scientific activities of the Italian nuclear program as founding principles of ENEA's documentary heritage, Fabrizio Pisacane (ENEA)

“By All Feasible Means”

New Documents on the American Intervention in Italy’s Parliamentary Elections of 1948

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Call Number WC-CWIHP-SU2017-I-17

How Naples Became Europe’s Great Musical Machine

Ulysses, if Homer is to be believed, was the first mariner to escape the temptations of the Bay of Naples. According to The Odyssey, Ulysses had heard of the bay’s infamous sirens — part women, part bird or nymph-like creatures — that lured sailors to their death by singing so beautifully that no one could sail on without succumbing. Thus, when returning from the Trojan War via the bay, Ulysses plugged the ears of his crew with beeswax and bound himself to the mast until they had sailed safely out of range of the sirens’ audible temptation.

A Cold War Hotspot: The Superpowers and the "Alps-Adriatic" Region 1945-1955

The border region between Austria, Italy and Yugoslavia has been the focus of ethnic strife as well as political and diplomatic debate for much of the twentieth century. All countries comprising this unique area had differing interests and international ambitions. The settlements of 1945 and the Cold War shaped the “Alps-Adriatic” region and made it a hotspot of the early Cold War. While Italy quickly gained the status of a key strategic partner of the West, Austria was hampered in its policies by quadripartite occupation and an uncertain future.

Will the U.S. Act on IMF Reforms?

A widely-agreed upon proposal to reform the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been on the table since 2010. It is supported by the Obama Administration, but requires Congressional action and so far the US Congress has resisted calls for action from the White House and various advocates inside and outside the country.  Some have even considered procedures that would allow certain elements of proposed reforms to proceed without Congress.

New Wilson Center-Gramsci Institute Project on the Italian Communist Party and China

The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and the Fondazione Istituto Gramsci (Rome) are excited to announce a joint project aimed at describing, digitizing, translating, and disseminating the records of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) related to China from 1969 through 1989.

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