Italy Podcast: The (Lack of) Resistance Under Silvio Berlusconi

As Donald Trump assumes the US Presidency, the University of Birmingham’s Daniele Albertazzi looks at the failure of resistance under another businessman who became a political leader, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi.

Broadcast by Radio Open Source:

International pressure was not very effective because it can be reused by people like Berlusconi and Trump to argue, “These nasty foreigners are attacking me because I am doing things they do not like….

If they cannot identify two or three times, like race under Trump, then the opposition becomes piecemeal.”

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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