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Italy and NATO expansion to the Balkans

Luca Ratti

Italy and NATO expansion to the Balkans

An examination of realist theoretical frameworks

Edizione: 2004

Collana: Dip. Studi storici-geografici-antrop. RM3 (13)

ISBN: 9788843033126

  • Pagine: 224
  • Prezzo:22,00 18,70
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In breve

The book critically evaluates Italian foreign and security policy after the end of the East-West division, presenting the explanations which different theoretical perspectives in the study of international relations provide of this policy. More specifically, it addresses some fundamental questions about Italy’s international role, such as its relationship with the United States and the European partners, and contributes to clarifying the development and value of theory in foreign policy analysis. This approach, evaluating the usefulness of contending theoretical frameworks, is very innovative for the study of Italian foreign and security policy, which has traditionally relied on empirical descriptions. The book identifies in Italy’s support for NATO expansion to the Balkans an important case study for understanding the country’s conduct on the international stage after the end of the East-West division. This support reflects a gradual evolution in Italian policy at the regional level, particularly towards the Balkans and the Mediterranean. However, although Italy has assumed a more proactive role in these regions, this evolution has not been unilateral but, on the contrary, has confirmed the fundamental importance of NATO and the European Union for Italy.

Indice

Contents/ Preface/ Introduction/ International relations theory and foreign policy studies in Italy / Introduction/ International relations studies in Italy/ Mapping international relations theory / Contending perspectives/ Realism / Liberalism and liberal-institutionalism / Neo-Marxist theories / Social-constructivism/ Future prospects/ Italian foreign and security policy during the Cold War: a theoretical evaluation/ Introduction/ Security policy during the Cold War: realism, socialconstructivism, and the Cold War/ Italy and the Cold War/ Italian foreign and security policy during the Cold War/ From the peace treaty to the 1948 elections / Membership of NATO / European integration / From the EEC to the compromesso storico / Italian foreign policy during the 1980s/ System influence or domestic factors’ / The post-Cold War scenario: theoretical perspectives and empirical analysis/ Introduction/ Security policy after the Cold War/ Realism, liberalism, social-constructivism, and the end of the Cold War / Realism, constructivism, and the concept of national security after the Cold War/ Italy and the end of the Cold War/ The political and institutional transition / What foreign policy should Italy have’/ Italian foreign and security policy after the Cold War/ From the theory to the practice: Italy and the Yugoslav crisis / The confirmation of NATO / . NATO and the European security and defence identity / The foreign policy of the Freedom House government/ Domestic change, foreign policy continuity’ / The expansion of NATO: theoretical perspectives, Italy, and the Balkans/ Introduction/ NATO expansion: the limitations of realism/ Italy and NATO expansion to the Balkans/ Italy and the exclusion of the Balkan candidates/ Italy, Russia and NATO expansion/ NATO expansion: the second round/ Between strategic interests and the spread of liberal democracy/ Conclusions. From neo-classical and defensive realism to a "thicker" version of realism / Bibliography/ Index of names

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