Merlini, Cesare - from Italy
Country of meeting: in the year 1975
Merlini has represented a strong element of continuity in Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) history. Indeed, he has been director from 1970 to 1980, then President until 2001, and he is still part of the Institute governance. Merlini did anchor IAI to the Turin private sector circles, since his family chaired the UTET publishing house, and he had contacts with both the Agnelli family (at that time owners of FIAT) and the Compagnia di San Paolo (the foundation of the large Italian bank San Paolo). Moreover, Merlini enhanced IAI transatlantic relations, as he created the Consiglio per le Relazioni tra Italia e Stati Uniti (Council for the US and Italy) in 1982, and he has been for long time fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.
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