“The Draghi Government and Italy’s International Role: Summary Report on Italian Foreign Policy in 2021”, Giulia Gozzini and Akram Ezzamouri (IAI, Italy)

This document provides an English summary of the 2021 edition of IAI’s annual report on Italian foreign policy entitled: “Il governo Draghi e il nuovo protagonismo internazionale dell’Italia”. Drafted before the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict, the report examines the key features of Italian foreign policy under the Draghi government in 2021, while also reflecting on the main challenges ahead. The report places particular emphasis on the three traditional dimensions of Italy’s external projection: Europe, the transatlantic alliance and the Mediterranean. Further analysis focuses on Italy’s relationships with global powers such as Russia and China, as well as other salient features of its international projection, including Italy’s G20 Presidency and its implementation of the European recovery plan. Italian security and defence policies and participation in international missions abroad are also analysed, as well as Italy’s approach to international migration and the country’s energy policies in the context of the European Green Deal.

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