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​​​​​​The Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, and ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies are delighted to invite you to a public event celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Italy and the United States, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) / 15:00 hrs (CEST). This virtual event, held under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, will feature a series of discussions on the US-Italian partnership and opportunities for future cooperation in the political, economic, and scientific fields. The event will be followed by an exclusive virtual performance by the National Symphony Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, featuring world-renowned Italian conductor Maestro Gianandrea Noseda.

As the Biden and Draghi Administrations take office, this timely anniversary is a pivotal moment in the US-Italian partnership and broader transatlantic alliance. The United States and Italy can leverage their strong historic ties to foster international cooperation on global challenges such as COVID-19 relief, economic recovery, and combatting climate change, among other issues. This day of celebration and dialogue provides an opportunity for experts on both sides of the Atlantic to explore the political dimension of the US-Italian partnership, discuss the potential for cooperation on a sustainable global future, and set the stage for the next century of diplomatic relations.

This event will be broadcast on YouTubeTwitter, and Facebook. To participate in the conversation, use the hashtag #ItalyUS160. In order to receive the event information, please register using the button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event.​​​

We hope you will join us in celebrating this important anniversary.


9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. ET / ​​​​15:00 hrs –15:10 hrs CEST

Opening Remarks

H.E. Armando Varricchio
Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the United States

Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Council

Amb. Giampiero Massolo
Fincantieri SpA;
Italian Institute for International Political Studies

The political and diplomatic dimension of the US-Italian partnership

H.E. Luigi Di Maio
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET / 15:10 hrs – 15:30 hrs CEST
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. ET / 15:30 hrs – 15:40 hrs CEST

Special Remarks

The Hon. Nancy Pelosi
US House of Representatives

Celebrating 160 years and charting the next century together: A discussion featuring former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and Secretary Madeleine Albright

Former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Constitutional Court of Italy;
Honorary President
Centro Studi Americani ​​​​​​

Secretary Madeleine Albright
Albright Stonebridge Group;
Former US Secretary of State;
Atlantic Council International Advisory Board Member​​

Ms. Anita McBride
Executive-in-Residence, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs
American University;
Vice Chair
National Italian American Foundation

9:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. / 15:40 hrs – 16:05 hrs CEST
10:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET / 16:05 hrs – 17:00 hrs CEST

A partnership for the next century: Leveraging US-Italian strengths for a more sustainable and prosperous global future

Amb. Karan Bhatia
Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy

Dr. Charles Clancy
Senior Vice President, General Manager
Chief Futurist
MITRE Corporation ​​​​

Ms. Emma Marcegaglia
Business 20

Dr. Francesca Rossi
AI Ethics Global Leader

Ms. Giovanna Pancheri
Sky Tg24 ​​​​

With special remarks from

Ms. Adrienne Arsht
Executive Vice Chair
Atlantic Council


The event will be followed by an exclusive virtual performance by the National Symphony Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, featuring world-renowned Italian conductor, Maestro Gianandrea Noseda.

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank providing research and policy options to government officials, business executives and the public wishing to better understand international issues. 

The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC is the largest Italian bilateral embassy worldwide.

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