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Stefano Stefanini

Former Permanent Representative to NATO, Former Diplomatic Advisor to the President of Italy

Ambassador Stefanini is the former Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO.

In 1990, he was posted to Moscow as economic and then political counselor. Posted to Washington in September 1993, he was initially in charge of consular affairs and judicial bilateral U.S.-Italy cooperation. In August 1995, he became Senior Political Counselor with responsibility for political and military affairs. He followed U.S. foreign policy and specialized in the Balkans, European Security and NATO, and U.S.-Russia relations. In September 1998, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was assigned to the General Secretariat where he dealt with the reform of the Ministry. In July 1999, he was appointed Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Italy.

He entered the Senior Foreign Service in June 2000 with the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary. In 2003, he became Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, and served as Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO frm 2007 to 2010. Between 2007 and 2010, as Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian President, he provided analysis on international affairs, Transatlantic affairs, and security and defence capabilities. From 2013 to 2014 he served as Vice Chairman of OTO Melara, Finmeccanica.

He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Podesta Group, Washington, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC and also works as Columnist for La Stampa.

Content by Stefano Stefanini


Uncharted Waters: the Italian Government’s Foreign and Security Policy

Stefano Stefanini, Italy’s former Ambassador to NATO, argues that the new Five Star-League Italian government will soon be faced with stark foreign policy choices. Although the government will likely remain anchored to NATO and will quickly learn it cannot ‘have it all’, the coalition could cause significant disruption to EU policy through populist stances on migration or Russia sanctions.

18 June 2018 | Stefano Stefanini
European Defence

Unity of the West at stake in Warsaw

Stefano Stefanini argues that unless NATO provides security to all allies, inclusive of those facing threats from the Mediterranean and Middle East, the alliance risks irrelevance. This must be a major theme of the Warsaw Summit.

13 June 2016 | Stefano Stefanini
Euro-Atlantic Security