“Italy and Australia: Time for a Strategic Partnership”, Gabriele Abbondanza (IAI, Italy)

Bilateral relations between Italy and Australia are described as warm and cordial by both countries. Yet only seven years ago David Ritchie, the outgoing Australian Ambassador to Italy, defined them as “non-existent”. That statement was based on a general lack of substantial interaction between the two countries, which for decades had revolved predominantly around migration. However significant, migration and tourism cannot account for the full spectrum of unexpressed potential between Rome and Canberra. This is especially true in a global order in flux, in which shared goals require like-minded states to cooperate more closely than ever.

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