Valerio Alfonso Bruno

Valerio Alfonso Bruno is senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), where he is deputy head of the Populism Research Unit and fellow at the Center for European Futures. Bruno cooperates with the Advanced School of Economics and International Relations at the Catholic University of Milan and the Observatoire de la Finance in Geneva. His online analyses have appeared on Al Jazeera, openDemocracy, Social Europe and LSE EUROPP. Bruno is currently working on a monograph on the populist radical right in Italy between 2018 and 2020, coauthored with J.F. Downes and A. Scopelliti, for Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press.

The Italian Far Right’s Long-Term Investment

Mar 01, 2021

When the government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was unable to find eleven lawmakers willing to join its ranks in the house of representatives in order to keep his ruling majority, President Sergio Mattarella decided to offer the former president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, the possibility...

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Feb 11, 2021

On January 25, addressing a virtual World Economic Forum, China’s President Xi Jinping not only strongly advocated for a multilateral approach to the COVID-19 pandemic but insisted on the virtues and systemic benefits of free trade and globalization. Jeopardizing those elements may introduce conflict into the international system, Xi warned,...

How Do You Tell an Authoritarian From a Fascist These Days?

Jan 07, 2021

Recent developments in global politics, such as Donald Trump’s reelection campaign or the rise of illiberal democracies across Central and Eastern Europe, have arguably led to a misinterpretation of what many refer to as a “return of fascism.” Although authoritarian populism shares numerous similarities with fascism, these two ideologies differ...

What the US Election Means for the Liberal World Order

Oct 28, 2020

In 1992, Francis Fukuyama published his controversial best-seller, “The End of History and the Last Man,” arguing that liberal democracy is the final form of government for all nations. Almost three decades later, G. John Ikenberry, one of the most influential theorists of liberal internationalism today, in “A World Safe...

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

Jun 18, 2020

The term soft power was coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s as a country’s ability to influence others without the use of force. Soft power is established in culture and grounded in history, unlike hard power, which is based on coercion and the use of military and economic...

Three Scenarios for a Post-Coronavirus World

Jun 04, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis is gradually slowing down, the world is bracing itself for a very likely second wave of the pandemic. While the shortcomings of the global response and the preparedness of individual countries will be open for debate and analysis for a long time to come, attempting to...

COVID-19: What Italy and the US Are Doing Wrong

Mar 10, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak unfolding worldwide, with around 35,000 cases confirmed outside China to date, it is possible to attempt a preliminary analysis of the politics of coronavirus and the efficiency of policies adopted by national governments and international bodies. Unfortunately, the measures seen so far have not always displayed...

Europe’s Radical Right Can Help Johnson Get Momentum on Brexit Deal

Mar 04, 2020

This week, the delegations of the European Union and the United Kingdom started the institutional meetings concerning the Brexit deal negotiations. The transition period during which the two sides may possibly find an agreement on a variety of issues — almost everything from trade to migration — and avoid a no-deal...

Coronavirus Outbreak Exacerbates Italy’s Political Divisions

Feb 27, 2020

On February 21, Italy woke up to reports of the country’s first case of COVID-19: a 38- year-old manager from Codogno, a small town located roughly 55 kilometers southeast of Milan. Six days later, the cases of the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province in December...

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?

Feb 03, 2020

In early 2017, Europe’s far-right parliamentary bloc met in Koblenz, Germany, to plot its political future. The meeting of the bloc’s leaders — which included Marine le Pen from France, Matteo Salvini from Italy and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands — took place shortly after the inauguration of US President...

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