Italian Ambassador Distinguished Speaker Series Event
On October 27th, 2014, the newly established Italian-American Law Students Association (ITALSA) jointly with PIOLD hosted the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, to give a lecture on U.S.-Italian relations at the Washington College of Law. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of transatlantic relations for Italian foreign policy and highlighted the strong ties the two countries have in international security and trade. Despite being strong trading partners, Italy and the U.S. do not have a trade agreement at the moment, which allowed the Ambassador to explain the unique opportunity of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being negotiated between the EU and the U.S. Ambassador Bisogniero explained that Italy is in a position of leadership not only for being at the Presidency of the Council of the EU but also for its long standing achievements in foreign policy and its defense industry. The Ambassador was also able to answer an array of questions from students and professors ranging from anti-proliferation and nuclear disarmament to Italy's stance on immigration. The lecture and Q&A were followed by a reception, where ITALSA students had the chance to connect with the Ambassador informally.