Italy-US Relations since the End of the Cold War: Prestige, Peace, and the Transatlantic Balance

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Bulletin of Italian Politics

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Since the end of the Cold War the US has repeatedly engaged its military abroad and has frequently asked Italy and other allies for military support. Governments of the center-right and center-left have responded favorably to American requests on most occasions because of a bipartisan consensus that Italy should enhance its international prestige, maintain its image as a force for peace, and preserve strong ties to the US and European partners. The article provides a survey of relevant cases from the 1990 Persian Gulf War to the 2003 Iraq War.


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The Bulletin of Italian Politics is a peer-reviewed political-science journal aimed at academics and policy makers as well as others with a professional or intellectual interest in the politics of Italy.

As of January 2013, the Bulletin of Italian Politics is published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) under the new name of Contemporary Italian Politics.