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Antonio Armellini

Antonio ArmelliniFormer Ambassador and Commissioner of IsIAO, Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient

Antonio Armellini, a professional diplomat, was roving Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, in 1990-92, DCM in London in 1992-98, Ambassador to Algeria in 1998-2000, Ambassador-at-large for International Anti-Terrorism in 2001-02, Ambassador-at-large and Special Envoy to Iraq in 2003, Ambassador to India and Nepal 2004-08, Ambassador to the OECD in Paris in 2008-10. 

His other foreign postings included, Warsaw, Addis Abeba, Vienna, Helsinki; he was Spokesman for European Commissioner Altiero Spinelli in Brussels, one of the Founding fathers of European Unity and served as Assistant Private secretary to Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Aldo Moro, who was later assassinated by the Red Brigades terrorist group in 1978.

A specialist on international security and European integration, his interests include the geo-politics of the Asian region and multilateral economic cooperation, on which he has written and lectured extensively. His book on contemporary India “l’elefante ha messo le ali”, was published by Bocconi University in Milan in 2008, and in English (“If the Elephant Flies”) by Har Anand Press in New Delhi in 2012. He was visiting professor on comparative politics at LUISS University in Rome in 2003-04, and on comparative international relations at “Ca’ Foscari” University in Venice, in 2008-09.

Ambassador Armellini is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, and was Commissioner of IsIAO, the Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient (2012-2016).