“In order for Europe to become a place of peace once more, we must rethink the place of war within the context of our own lives”Vittorio Emanuele Parsi
Today, we are unable to grasp how the opportunity to exclude the possibility of war derives from the credibility and survival of that order, that political and institutional arrangement that represents both the frame of the patiently crafted picture of peaceful and cooperative European and Atlantic relations, and the product that transformed the political landscape in the wake of the Second World War, when democracies were few and far-
After recent events in Ukraine, rethinking war and its place in contemporary European political
culture is the only way to avoid finding ourselves facing a broken system with no strategy for
rebuilding it on more solid and universal foundations. Because if there is one thing that the fierce resistance of the Ukrainian people shows us, it is that we must never give up, that the defence of our own freedom is the prerequisite for pursuing every dream, every hope, every goal for which it is worth living.
VITTORIO EMANUELE PARSI is Professor of International Relations in the faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Milan’s Università Cattolica, where he also teaches Strategic Studies and is the director of ASERI (Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali). He also teaches at the Scuola di Formazione della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri. He is a member of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP), a founding member of the Società per lo Studio della Democrazia (SSD), a member of the Advisory Board for LSE IDEAS (Center for Diplomacy and Strategy at the London School of Economics) and was president of the SGRI (Standing Group di Relazioni Internazionali) from 2013 to 2020.