Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Workshop on “Defense Transformation in Germany, Italy, and Japan” at the University of Bologna

On November 14-15, 2019, Dr. Patrick A. Mello took part in a two-day workshop on “Reluctant Military Powers: Defense Transformation in Germany, Italy, and Japan” at the Department of Political and Social Science of the University of Bologna, situated at the Palazzo Hercolani in central Bologna. The workshop was co-organized by Francesco Niccolò Moro (Bologna), Fabrizio Coticchia (Genoa), and Matteo Dian (Bologna).

The first day of the workshop was devoted to comparing and contrasting historical trajectories in the security policies and defense transformations in Germany, Italy, and Japan with various country experts.

Dr. Mello was invited to talk about the transformation of German security policy and its armed forces since the end of the Cold War, identifying major moments of change, institutional reforms, and shifts in the character of military missions, allocation of resources, and strategic narratives on German foreign and security policy. The second day of the workshop saw a wider group of participants discussing the outlines of a publication project.

Information on the Department of Political and Social Science can be found here.


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