Death Star Wars

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The conflict in Ukraine is a precursor of geopolitical turbulence that seems like science fiction, except that it is happening now.  Information blackouts and more that disrupt the economic viability and defense strategy of entire countries are described in Frediano Finucci’s new book, The Great Game of Satellites (Paesi Edizioni). Russia, China, and the US are the major players in this deadly new game, but private companies (notably Google, Amazon, and Elon Musk’s StarLink) are playing a disproportionate role . . . without accountability. 

Frediano Finucci heads the economic and foreign affairs editorial office of the Italian TV channel La7, where he has worked for more than two decades, both in Italy and abroad.  He studied international relations at the Università di Firenze.

Donald N. Jensen is a senior advisor for Russia and Europe at the U.S. Institute of Peace anche director of Us-Italy Global Affairs Forum. A professor and former diplomat, he is a Russian policy expert who currently teaches at Johns Hopkins.  His BA is from Columbia, his MA and Ph.D. are from Harvard. He is Director of Us-Italy Global Affairs Forum

Luca Steinmann is an Italian-Swiss journalist who has reported from the front lines – on both sides – in Ukraine for Il Corriere del Ticino and others.  His book about that experience, Il Fronte Russo, was published in 2023. He has also reported from Afghanistan, Syria, Ecuador, Armenia, among others.

Claudia Flisi is Us-Italy Global Affair Forum Correspondent. She is a bicultural freelance writer based in Washington DC. Her stories have appeared in the International New York Times, Newsweek, Variety, Fortune, The Economist Intelligence Unit, airline magazines, and many others.   She headed the Johns Hopkins alumni association in Milan for a decade, and has been active in SAIS alumni affairs.  She has visited more than 100 countries, fallen off horses on six continents, and trained dogs in three languages.

Claudia Flisi is a bicultural freelance writer based in Washington DC. Her stories have appeared in the International New York Times, Newsweek, Variety, Fortune, The Economist Intelligence Unit, airline magazines, and many others.   She headed the Johns Hopkins alumni association in Milan for a decade, and has been active in SAIS alumni affairs.  She has visited more than 100 countries, fallen off horses on six continents, and trained dogs in three languages.

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