EISSN 2532-3474 - ISSN 2532-649X - Padova University Press

Civil Peace Corps: New Inspiration for the Italian Foreign Policy

TitleCivil Peace Corps: New Inspiration for the Italian Foreign Policy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMascia, M., & Papisca A.
Secondary TitlePeace Human Rights Governance
Date Published03/2017
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2532-3474
KeywordsCivil Peace Corps, Human Rights, International Peace Missions, Italian Foreign Policy

Starting with an analysis of the new legislation on Civil Peace Corps  (CPCs) and on Italy’s participation in international missions, this article submits a double research hypothesis. The first is that the setting up of the CPCs could have a significant impact on Italy’s foreign policy, in the sense that it could steer the country towards more ‘pacifist’ and ‘multilateralist’ roles somewhat identifiable with active neutrality. The second hypothesis is that the establishing of CPCs fosters an enhanced role for civil society organisations because of their direct involvement in  operations, which were traditionally the exclusive reserve of the realm of ‘high’ politics and of the military, and offers them new scope for intervening in conflict transformation processes. This research hypothesis will be tested in exploratory mode against the cases of Germany, the European 'precedent' which is most similar to the novel Italian experiment, and of the EU Aid Volunteers.