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Tue, November 20, 2018

18:00 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, iTALY

On May 14, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to transfer the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus setting in motion a number of political processes that will have a significant impact on the city of Jerusalem itself, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the region at large, and American politics in the Middle East. This move was already foreseen during the Clinton administration (1995), but was never realized over the following two decades for “national security” reasons. Why did President Trump choose this moment to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem? What is the meaning of this move and how was it received locally and internationally? Raffaella A. Del Sarto and Arturo Marzano will discuss the move’s local, regional and international implications in the broader context of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will unpack its manifold political, social and economic implications, their pros and cons, and what the legacy of this specific act may be.

A Dialogue with Arturo Marzano, University of Pisa, Raffella A. Del Sarto, Johns Hopkins University and European University Institue. Moderated by Marcella Simoni, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

La Pietra Dialogues – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Featured Biographies

Arturo Marzano


Arturo Marzano (Rome, 1973) is Associate Professor at the Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, University of Pisa. His research mainly deals with history of Judaism, Zionism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the relationship between Italy and the Middle East in the XX century.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto


Raffaella A. Del Sarto is Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), SAIS Europe at Bologna, and a part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is the author of Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, the coeditor of The Convergence of Civilizations: Constructing a Mediterranean Region, and editor of Fragmented Borders, Interdependence, and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle.