“Meloni’s Visit to DC: Beware of Europe’s Smokescreen on Tunisia”, Andrea Dessì and Akram Ezzamouri (IAI, Italy)

On 27–28 July, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was Washington DC for her inaugural visit to the United States. A golden opportunity to further polish Meloni’s credentials as an avid backer of the transatlantic alliance, support for Ukraine, Italy’s 2024 G7 presidency and the burning issue of Rome’s membership in China’s Belt and Road Initiative were set to take centre stage. North Africa also figured onto the agenda. Meloni certainly wanted to talk about Tunisia, as her goal is to receive US support for Rome’s recent diplomatic drive to refocus attention (and funding) towards the Mediterranean.

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