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Guarini Institute for Public Affairs

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The Guarini Institute for Public Affairs was established through the generosity of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini, John Cabot University Trustee. The Institute offers an annual series of lectures, seminars, and encounters aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding of the key issues and challenges facing the world today, in particular those affecting the United States and Europe.

Director: Federigo Argentieri, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Jacqueline Falk Maggi


The Guarini Institute Advisory Council

Federigo Argentieri, director of the Institute, studied at the University of Rome, the University of Budapest-ELTE, and Harvard, and has widely published on the contemporary history and politics of Central-Eastern Europe and Italy, particularly on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and its Western echoes and effects. He teaches courses on international security and comparative politics of Europe, Latin America and developing countries and serves in the advisory board of Hungary's Europe Society, as well as in the editorial board of the journal "Holodomor Studies."

Valentina Colombo teaches Geopolitics of the Islamic World at the European University, Rome and is Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, Brussels. After graduating in Arabic Language and Literature from Cattolica University, Milan, she earned a PhD in Islamic Studies from Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. She published various studies on Islam, intellectuals and civil liberties.

John Fanti has a Master's in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford. He opened AT&T's first office in Italy, and then, in 2000, started his own telecom company, Telefant Srl. He has been a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy since 1994.

Anita Friedman graduated in Comparative Literature and Anthropology from Hofstra University. She is  president of the association "Appuntamento a Gerusalemme", which disseminates information and organizes meetings, debates and visits related to Israel's politics, economy, culture and society.

Pamela Harris studied at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, and clerked at the Italian Constitutional Court. She is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and teaches courses in international law, constitutional law, American government, and political theory. She has written articles on law and literature as well as on religious liberty in the United States.

Robert T. LeClair is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University. He is an Associate Professor in the Finance Department of Villanova University where he teaches courses on international finance and investments. Dr. LeClair has been involved with Villanova¹s program in Rome at John Cabot University since 1999. He has been active within the business community and serves as a consultant o various non-profit organizations.

Christine D. Legault studied Journalism at l'Université de Montréal and is currently completing a Master's Degree in Social Sciences at The Open University (UK). She began working as a broadcast journalist in Canada in 2007 for Global Television and has been covering Italy as a freelance foreign correspondent and TV Producer since 2008.

Guido Lenzi (Ambassador, ret.) represented Italy in London, Moscow, at the UN Headquarters in New York, Paris (as Director of the European Security Studies Institute) and Vienna (as Permanent Representative to the OSCE). He has published extensively and lectured on foreign policy issues.

Lucio Martino earned a doctorate in History from the University of Bologna. He has been the expert for transatlantic relations at the Military Center for Strategic Studies in Rome since 2000.

Fr. James M. McCann, S.J., Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, received a master¹s degree from Yale University in Russian and East European Studies and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University with a specialization in Russia, Eastern Europe, and international relations. He has taught at Loyola University Chicago and Xavier University in Cincinnati and has written on the politics and history of Russia and Poland as well as the relationship between Russia and the European Union.

Pierpaolo 'Peter' Sarram teaches Communication and Media Studies at John Cabot University where he also serves as Coordinator of the Communications Major in the Department of Political and Social Sciences. He studied Economics at Boston College and Film and Media Studies at Northwestern University's School of Speech. He has published extensively on popular culture, recorded music and film and his research is primarily involved in investigating the relationships between the construction of social subjectivities and popular and mass culture.

Eric R. Terzuolo holds a PhD in history from Stanford University and is the author of numerous publications on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, arms control, transatlantic relations, and the history and geopolitics of Italy, the Balkans and East Central Europe. A former US Foreign Service officer (1982-2003) and professor at various universities in Europe (2003-2010), he is currently Chair of the Western Europe Advanced Area Studies course at the Foreign Service Institute (US Department of State).

Carolina Zincone received a M.Phil. in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (UK). She worked in Kosovo as United Nations Volunteer (UNV) and in Bosnia with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In 2001 she joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and continued working on migration after moving to the Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali (IPRS), where she conducted research for almost ten years. Currently she is an adviser to Italy's Minister of International Cooperation and Integration.

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