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After the Italian Referendum


December 5, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

After nearly 60 percent of the Italian electorate voted against PM Matteo Renzi's proposed constitutional reform package, Erik Jones wrote an article for Foreign Affairs about the ramifications of the “no” vote. Jones says the next government will have to address the following challenges facing Italy: a worsening sovereign debt problem, an unstable banking system, immigration, tangled public finances and disillusionment among Italian youth.


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Erik Jones: Italy's Invisible Referendum Market


December 5, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Erik Jones wrote about the impact of the failed Italian referendum on the country's stock market for the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Survival Editors' Blog. According to Jones, although the Italian electorate delivered a stunning blow to PM Matteo Renzi, the euro and the markets showed little change and recovered quickly. “If there is a major shock brewing in the markets, so far it remains invisibly,” said Jones.


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Italian Referendum: Neither Trump Nor Brexit


December 5, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

In an article Erik Jones wrote for the Huffington Post, he writes about the rifts that cut across Italy's mainstream parties and divide political elites. According to Jones, the Italian referendum is not like the vote for Brexit or the election of Donald Trump in the United States. “Italy did not go through a populist insurrection. Instead, Italians revealed a deep division about how the country should be governed,” he said.


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Italy referendum: Five Star Movement to make major gains no matter what the result


December 4, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

The Telegraph interviews Erik Jones on what Sunday's referendum results will mean for Italy's Five Star Movement. According to Jones, Five Star is in a position to exploit the big fractures in Italian society during the country's parliamentary elections expected to occur some point before May 2018. “Italians revealed a deep cleavage about how the country should be governed that cuts across mainstream parties and political elites,” said Jones. “The referendum outcome does not heal that division; it strengthens the polarization instead.”


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Italy Approaches Its Own Choice Between Liberalism and Populism


December 3, 2016

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Prior to Sunday's Italian referendum, Erik Jones was interviewed by the New Yorker on what a “yes” or “no” vote would meet for Italian PM Matteo Renzi. According to Jones, “no” voters aren't merely voting against Renzi. Instead, Italians have legitimate concerns about what the reforms could mean for their government. “When you dig into people's attitudes…what you find is that there is a very deep, principled commitment to having inclusive government, even at the expense of decisive government,” Jones said.


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Leggere la storia per comprendere la Brexit (in Italian)


December 2, 2016

Mark Gilbert Professor of History and International Studies; Academic and Faculty Liaison

Justin Frosini Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law

On Friday, December 2, Mark Gilbert and Justin Frosini held a workshop titled “Study History to Understand Brexit” in Udine, Italy, reflecting on the past summer's British referendum. In the workshop, Gilbert and Frosini analyzed the consequences of the referendum on the British constitutional system and how it impacts European integration.


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Intervista a David Unger sulla vittoria di Donald Trump alle elezioni presidenziali degli Stati Uniti d'America (in Italian)


December 2, 2016

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

On Radio Radicale David Unger talks about Donald Trump's election into the White House and its possible impact on transatlantic relations and bilateral economic treaties. Unger also specifically mentions what U.S. relations with Mexico, Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East may look like in the coming years.


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Brexit's Path Forward


November 30, 2016

Matthias Matthijs Assistant Professor of International Political Economy

Matthias Matthijs co-wrote an article for Foreign Affairs about the UK's way forward after Brexit. According to Matthijs, five months after the referendum, the process of Brexit negotiations still perplexes most. “Being unable to formulate, in broad terms, how she sees the United Kingdom's future relationship with the EU, [Theresa May] has invited endless speculation and created a climate of quasi-permanent uncertainty for both the private and public sectors as well as citizens,” says Matthijs.


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Sharing food e alveari hi-tech per un impatto zero (in Italian)


November 30, 2016

Stefano Zamagni Vice Director for Italian Affairs, SAIS Europe; Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics

Il Corriere della Sera interviewed Stefano Zamagni about sustainable food production in an era when the world's population is expected to grow to about 9.7 billion inhabitants by 2050. According to Zamagni, who used the growing popularity of the sharing economy as an example, the world today needs new socio-economic models in order to adopt a more sustainable pattern of resource use.


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Could the Italian referendum bring down the euro?


November 29, 2016

Gianfranco Pasquino Senior Adjunct Professor

Newsr quotes Gianfranco Pasquino in an article about what the Italian referendum results may mean for the euro. Pasquino argues that the referendum, in limiting the Senate's powers, would indeed speed up lawmaking in the country. But, it would not address some of the country's real problems – including inefficiency of the public administration and Italy's lengthy judicial proceedings.


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