Professor Argentieri's Articles Featured in Corriere della Sera

Professor Federigo Argentieri, a frequent contributor to Italy’s main daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, recently published two review articles in the weekly cultural supplement La Lettura, on topical subjects related to the concept of genocide, Stalin and the protest against the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Professor Federigo Argentieri

Professor Federigo Argentieri

Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who created the word “genocide” and promoted the December 1948 UN Convention for the prevention and punishment of genocide, had included the 1932-33 Soviet famine in the list, along with 1915 Armenia and the Shoah, according to a document recently discovered in the New York Public Library.

Jan Palach was a Czech student who set himself on fire in January 1969 to protest against the halting of reforms in his country following the August 1968 invasion by Soviet and other Warsaw pact troops. Before and after him, others had done the same for similar reasons, all the way until March 1989, just a few months before the fall of the iron curtain.

Federigo Argentieri studied politics, history and languages at the Universities of Rome “La Sapienza”, Budapest-ELTE, and Harvard. He has widely published 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, as well as on Ukraine. He teaches courses on international security and comparative politics of Europe, Latin America and developing countries and regularly contributes to Italy’s main newspaper Corriere della Sera and to other Italian and international media. He is the Director of the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs.