Giuliano Amato

Professor Amato was a Full Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Rome from 1975 to 1997. He is currently a part-time professor at the EUI in Florence and gives yearly seminars at the Law School at the Columbia University, New York. He is a former member of the Chamber of Deputies and former Minister of Interior in the Government of Italy; Professor Amato has been the prime minister of Italy on two occasions, Treasury Minister and Vice-President of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

From 1994 to 1997, he headed the Italian Antitrust Authority. He has written books and articles on the economy and public institutions, antitrust, personal liberties, federalism and comparative government. In 2002, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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