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IPALMO is an internationalist institute created in the early 1970s with a mission that corresponded to the world at that time, namely to inform Italy on the realities of the world’s political, economic and cultural landscape with particularly attention to North-South development and cooperation. But today’s planet has taken on a whole new landscape, one that’s likely dominate global debate for years to come and might be labeled the post-Pittsburgh reality.
Today’s world is indubitably multi-polar, heir to the tumultuous globalization process that began with the end of Cold War, whose collapse ended decades of bi-polar relations. The natural result has been a growth in multilateral governance.
As a result, IPALMO has decided to focus on what it considers the fundamental challenge facing Italy and Europe in coming years, namely the construction of an integrated Euro-Mediterranean order that can organize and to plan out its own development. Such a “zone” should be competitive with others that have emerged and grown potent, for example East Asia based around China, Latin America based around Brazil, and South Asia based around India.
IPALMO has begun forging plans and assembling documentation based on this new reality, aware that the new millennium’s biggest challenge is tapping the huge reservoirs of knowledge and information that exist in public policy institutes and think tanks the world over. These are the ingredients around which we hope to start a rich and ongoing debate.
While we don’t expect the debate to be either exhaustive or all-encompassing, we do wish to nurture it. Toward that end, this site and my own blog (which you’ll find on the home page) hopes to generate not only reader responses and reactions but also criticism and counter-proposals regarding issues on which the future, and those of our communities and country, will soon depend.
Gianni De Michelis