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conference > La Tempesta Perfetta – Presentazione libro

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May 13, 2024 at 5:30 pm

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the book by Claudio Pagliara, “La Tempesta perfetta – USA E Cina sull’Orlo della Terza Guerra Mondiale(The Perfect Storm – The U.S. and China on the verge of a Third World War).

Claudio Pagliara, the author, will join us in a conversation with James Politi, Washington Bureau Chief for the  Financial Times.

The book is a powerful and enlightening essay, full of anecdotes, geopolitical insights, small and large metaphors on the era we are living in and on the real risks of an authentic apocalypse of the human race.


The book presentation will be held in Italian and no translation services will be provided.


📍Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008


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Claudio Pagliara (Frosinone, 1958) started his career as a journalist in 1981 by winning a scholarship. He has been a RAI correspondent for over 23 years and his primary area of expertise is to report to the general public on the epochal changes of our times. He worked and lived in Paris (2001-2003), Jerusalem (2003-2014), and Beijing (2014 2019). Since 2019, he is the head of the “Ufficio di Corrispondenza” (Correspondance Office) for RAI, the Italian national public broadcasting company, in the United States. Claudio Pagliara writes a blog, Ithaca. Among the awards received is the Saint Vincent Prize for journalism.



«In Italy few understand the importance that Taiwan has in the clash between the United States and China for the leadership of the 21st century. Yet this island, slightly larger than Sicily, with just twenty-three million inhabitants, which produces the most advanced microchips in the world and is surrounded by waters where thousands of billions of dollars of goods pass through each year, could, in spite of itself, trigger the spark of Third World War: the perfect storm has its eye of the storm here.”
Commercial tensions and spite, threats in the press, attempts at new alliances underway on the international scene. The winds of war have been stirring for many months now, the conflict in Ukraine is only a plastic but peripheral manifestation of it.
Are we heading towards an escalation on a planetary scale?
Who will rule the world in the coming years?
Will the 21st century still be an American century?
Does the United States, despite the political, economic and cultural divisions that seem to condemn it to decline, still have the strength to counter the onslaught of autocratic regimes, committed to undermining the international order that emerged from the Second World War and reshaping it in their favor?
Through stories experienced and told firsthand, Claudio Pagliara, one of the best-known faces of television journalism, leads us to discover what is happening to American politics under the Biden presidency and to the Chinese policy of the “helmsman” Xi Jinping.


  • Organizzato da: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Washington
  • In collaborazione con: Embassy of Italy