As with other Western industrialised countries, Italy’s international landscape has rapidly changed over the past decade. The easing of East-West tensions in the late 1980s followed by the end of the division of Europe on the one hand, and the accelerating pace of European integration on the other, rapidly transformed the country’s broader external environment. In addition, while far away from the frontline of East-West confrontation during the Cold War, Italy found itself on the border of major areas of instability in the years following — protruding as it does towards the unstable Eastern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean and being at the centre of strong migratory pressures deriving from those areas.
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