Former Italian leader to address Europe's global role

Nov. 4, 2009 3:32 p.m.

Romano Prodi, the two-time former prime minister of Italy, will speak on "The Role of Europe in a Multilateral World" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in McCosh 50.

Prodi will address his views on the mismatch between the economic power of the European Union and its limited role as a political player in the international arena.

Prodi served as prime minister of Italy from 1996 to 1998 and from 2006 to 2008. He also served from 1999 to 2004 as president of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union. He currently is a professor-at-large at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

The talk is designated as a Walter E. Edge Lecture sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.