Italian Daily Corriere della Sera Publishes Article by Prof. Argentieri

On January 10, 2016, Prof. Federigo Argentieri published an article in one of Italy’s main daily newspapers, Corriere della Sera, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Italy’s admission to the UN in December 1955.

After Mussolini had slammed the “main door” of the League of Nations in 1937, Italy waited 10 years before being accepted into its successor “through a dormer window.” When a reform of the Security Council began to be discussed in the 1990’s, Italy opposed the “quick fix” suggested by the Clinton administration, which consisted of admitting Germany and Japan as permanent members: instead, a thorough reform was proposed that included the creation of a semi-permanent membership so as to dilute the veto power and enable more countries to weigh in when crucial decisions are made. Neither proposal has succeeded so far in reaching 130 affirmative votes, i.e. the 2/3 majority needed to amend the UN Charter: the political battle therefore continues.

Professor Argentieri, who is Director of JCU’s Guarini Institute for Public Affairs, has published widely on the contemporary history and politics of Central-Eastern Europe and Italy, particularly on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and its Western echoes and effects. He teaches courses on international security and comparative politics of Europe, Latin America and developing countries.

Read the article (in Italian): “L’Italia, le Nazioni Unite e il percorso della riforma