US-Italy Global Affairs Forum Featured Initiatives
In a new section of our website , the US-Italy Global Affairs Forum will raise awareness for a number of initiatives whose causes we support. Please take a minute to read about these initiatives and visit their internet presences for more information.


Slow Food D.C.

Founded in 1989, Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. To do this, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable. A non-profit, member-supported organization, today Slow Food has over 100,000 members in 150 countries.Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth, and food communities, Slow Food USA links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge, and environment that make this pleasure possible. Its mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all. It envelops a concept of living and eating in certain way, embraced by over 18,000 members throughout the U.S. Slow Food D.C. represents the National Capital Region, including the District of Colombia, Virginia, and Maryland.

Visit Slow Food D.C.'s website here .

Libera Terra

Libera Terra ("Freed Land") was created with the aim of developing stunning but historically "difficult" territories. After a social and productive rehabilitation of assets freed from various mafia groups, the organization aims to obtain high quality products, which respect both the environment and the dignity of its workers. But Libera Terra also plays an active role by involving other producers, who share the same principles, and by promoting organic farming more generally. The mission of the Libera Terra project is to give dignity to territories with a strong mafia presence through the creation of autonomous and cooperative farms that are self-sufficient, stable, and that are able to create work places, thereby establishing a moral economic system based on legality, social justice and market.

Visit Libera Terra's website here .

Terra Madre
Terra Madre is a project conceived by Slow Food as a result of its growth and development and its conviction that “eating is an agricultural act and producing is a gastronomic act.”

Since Slow Food was founded, the importance of protecting and supporting small-scale producers has become increasingly clear. Terra Madre was born to give them voice and visibility, to raise awareness of the true value of their work, and provide them with the tools needed to be able to work in better conditions. The Terra Madre network was launched in 2004 during its inaugural meeting in Turin. Almost immediately, it took Slow Food to places it had never been before, including many African, Latin American and Asian countries. In fact, much of the active work that Slow Food carries out today would not have been possible the network. Driven by personal knowledge and experiences, it brings inspiration, ideas, issues and a personal touch. The role of the Slow Food association is also fundamental. This is thanks to the dynamism of its members around the world, the international media interest it attracts and, more generally, the new awareness it creates through its activities. It is also able to quickly generate contacts, relationships, opportunities and visibility.
Visit Terra Madre's website here .
Alptransit Opened on June 1, 2016
"When the twin tubes of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) running north-south under the Alps are officially inaugurated in a ceremony on June 1st, Europe will mark the completion of the world's longest and deepest train tunnel."

Visit Deutsche Welle's photo gallery and the full article here .

La Lista Della Spesa - 
La verità sulla spesa pubblica italiana e come si può tagliare
USITF Event with Carlo Cottarelli, Executive Director, International Monetary Fund
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at The National Italian American Foundation
For more information on this event - including summaries in English and Italian, additional pictures, and a video of the event - please visit our Past Events page.

2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group
Each spring, thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and participants from the academia and private sectors, gather in Washington DC for the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world's financial markets. This year’s Spring Meetings events will take place in Washington, DC, April 12-17, 2016.

Find more information here .

In time for the 2016 Spring Meetings, the International Monetary Fund published the 2016 edition of the World Economic Outlook. You can download the report, titled Too Slow for Too Long,  here .
After Pope Francis' Visit to the United States - A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University
For more information on this event - including summaries in English and Italian, additional pictures, and a video of the event - please visit our Past Events page.
Victories for Ennio Morricone and "Fuocoammare"

The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum would like to congratulate Ennio Morricone on his Acedemy Award and "Fuocoammare" on the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlinale.


Remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Read the transcript by the U.S. State Department, here .
"Merkel and Renzi Meeting at a Glance" Panel Discussion
Watch "Merkel and Renzi Meeting at a Glance", a panel debate hosted by TV anchor Frediano Finucci on January 30th, 2016 on LA7 Italian television channel. Participants were, amongst others: Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Former Italian Ambassador to the EU, Riccardo Perissich, Former EU Commission General Director, Roberto Gualtier, EP Member for the Democratic Party, and Tomas Miglierina, Swiss TV Correspondent in Brussels. Discussed were questions such as: Will flexing muscles be more successful than diplomacy in Brussels? Are Schengen and the EU future at risk as the migration crisis deepens? What role can Italy play led by Renzi in the EU? Future scenarios and in-depth analysis were at the core of the debate at.
Watch the panel discussion here .
Remembering Nancy Reagan

Book Recommendation: A Kidnapping in Milan
By: Steve Hendricks

In an extraordinary tale of detective versus spy, Italian investigators under the leadership of prosecutor Armando Spataro unraveled in embarrassing detail the “covert” action in which Abu Omar had been kidnapped and sent to be tortured in Egypt. Spataro—seasoned in prosecutions of the Mafia and the Red Brigades and a passionate believer in the rule of law—sought to try the kidnappers in absentia: the first-ever trial of CIA officers by a U.S. ally. An exemplary achievement in narrative nonfiction writing, A Kidnapping in Milan is at once a detective story, a history of the terrorist menace, and an indictment of the belief that man’s savagery against man can be stilled with more savagery yet. Buy the book on Amazon .
Featured Institution:
Georgetown University Italian Research Institute
The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum would like to introduce to you: the Georgetown Italian Research Institute. The institution, housed in the College, was established in December 2013 to promote, identify, facilitate, and support the advancement of contemporary cutting-edge Italian research in medicine, the sciences, technology, environment, engineering, international affairs, finance, industry, the arts, design, literature, and film. The Institute serves as a bridge to encourage collaborative engagement between Italian and non-Italian scholars and leaders. To achieve its goal the Institute hosts distinguished thinkers and leaders in their fields to present their research, share their vision, and address challenges confronting research & leadership.

Upcoming events include:

  • April 4th: The Art of Conservation: Protecting & Preserving our Cultural Heritage - with Prof. Massimo Osanna, Prof. Cecilia Frosinini, and Jay Krueger
  • April 23rd: Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges: A One-Day Student-Centered Workshop
Visit the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute's Website here .
US-Italy Global Affairs Forum Newsletter
Did you miss last week's events? The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum's Strategic Communications Consultant in Rome, Tommaso De Zan, provides those interested in the Forum's topics with a compilation of relevant articles and analyses.
Newsletter for the week of May 30th - June 5th, 2016:
"October referendum will boost Italy's credibility", a new Marshall plan for the Mediterranean, new measures to shore up Italian recovery
The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum Newsletter will go on summer break. Thank you for reading.
You can access newsletters from past weeks in the Newsletter Archive.

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The ECB’s New Tactic - Pay to Lend
By: Eric Jones, SAIS Bologna
"The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a raft of policy measures on Thursday, March 10, intended to give a further boost to euro area economic performance. Most of these measures were unconventional and yet still precedented. The ECB lowered its main policy rates, accelerated the pace of its asset purchases, and widened the pool of assets eligible to be included in its purchasing program. It also renewed its program for targeted loans to banks that extend credit to the non-financial sector. The only new element was the rate of interest that the banks would pay to access credit that they could lend for investment. The question is whether that new wrinkle will make much of a difference. As is often the case, the answer depends less on the mechanics of monetary policy than on the magic of market ‘confidence’..."
Read the full commentary here .
OMNIBUS/Channel 7: Matteo Renzi's Visit to Washington, Giulio Regeni's Murder, Italian Marines in India
Participants: Antonella Ciancio, Amb. Giulio Terzi, Ferruccio De Bortoli
Antonella Ciancio, a friend of the US-Italy Global Affairs Forum, is a multimedia journalist, based in Washington, DC who writes, edits and translates for international media on topics ranging from business and finance to food and lifestyle. You can follow Antonella Ciancio on Twitter at @CiancioReporter .
Watch the program here .
Are European responses to extremism sufficient and in time?
A round-table discussion on the latest policy and legislative developments in Europe aimed at confronting the surge of radicalism and hate crimes
More information on this event, please visit our Past Events page soon.
Presentazione numero di Limes dedicato agli USA
Presentation of the the newest edition of Limes and panel discussion
For more information on this event, please visit our Past Events page.
500 Years of Jewish Life in Venice, 1516-2016
A long and rich history is remembered this year in Venice, home of one of the world's oldest Jewish ghettos.

Read "500 Years of Jewish Life in Venice" by David Laskin in the New York Times.

Visit the exhibition “Venice, the Jews and Europe. 1516–2016”, curated by Donatella Calabi, leading expert on the urban history of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, at the Doge's Palace.
Challenges to European Security: A Transatlantic Perspective
By: Maria Elena Sandalli, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Europe’s security is manifestly precarious: Islamic State militants have carried out acts of terrorism on European soil, relations with Russia continue to be divisive and uncertain, and the implications of such political dynamics on European energy security have become a regular matter of debate. In light of these concerns, both within and along the borders of Europe, the question boils down to finding possible solutions at the transatlantic level. Divergent European and American policy objectives, on the one hand, and the European Union’s fragmented foreign policy, on the other, are making it increasingly difficult to define and implement a common security agenda, but the need to do so is paramount. The participants at the 2015 Transatlantic Security Symposium discussed ways in which transatlantic players can react to such threats; much emphasis was placed on NATO’s newly regained role and adaptation within this shifting security environment.
Read the report here .
"A Farewell to Arms":
Remembering U.S.-Italian Cooperation in World War I

The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum and Silentes Loquimur are undertaking a project that aims to develop research on U.S.-Italian cooperation; to promote cultural, history-based exchanges; and to foster young generations’ awareness of important historic events that shaped our common history and future leaders such as Fiorello LaGuardia and Ernest Hemingway. The project will be built upon archival research and will result in a photo exhibition in Venice and Washington.

For more information, visit the project website.