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Brown: la crisi azzoppa la sinistra
Il Sole 24 Ore
November 17, 2010
Politics 2010: America and the World

Nicole Bacharan
Historian, Political Analyst and Radio and Television Consultant

Nicole Bacharan is a historian, political analyst and radio and television consultant specialized in American society and relations between the United States and Europe. She is a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California, and an affiliated scholar with the National Foundation for Political Science (Science-Po) She is the author of numerous essays and books, including several bestsellers; among them: Le guide des élections américaines 2012 ((The guide to the 2012 US Election, with Dominique Simonnet), 11-Septembre, le jour du chaos (also with Dominique Simonnet, 2011), Les Noirs américains, des champs de coton à la Maison Blanche (American Blacks: From the Cotton Fields to the White House, 2010), Faut-il avoir peur de l´Amérique? (Should We Fear America?, 2005). She frequently appears on television - TF1, France2, France3, France5, TV5, M6, Arte, Histoire, Bloomberg, Télévision Suisse Romande, CNN - and gives interviews to the local, national and foreign press – Le Figaro, La Croix, L’Express, Le Point, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde, Libération, Le Parisien, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR. She is also a radio contributor for Europe 1 on international politics, questions concerning the United States and transatlantic relations. On September 11, 2001, live from the France 2 evening news show hosted by David Pujadas, she left a mark on French television-watchers when she said “Tonight, we are all Americans,” a phrase repeated the following day in the newspaper Le Monde.

Gordon Brown
Former U.K. Prime Minister

Gordon Brown served as British Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007,making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. Brown´s time as Chancellor was marked by major reform of Britain´s monetary and fiscal policy and sustained investment in health, education, and overseas aid. As Prime Minister, his tenure coincided with the recent financial crisis, and he was one of the first to initiate calls for global financial action; his administration also simultaneously introduced a range of rescue measures within the country. Brown has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Edinburgh and is the author of Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis for Globalisation.

Michael Donilon
Consultant to the Obama Campaign & Advisor to Vice President Biden

Michael Donilon is one of America’s leading media consultants and political strategists. Over the course of his career, he has been part of three winning U.S. presidential campaigns and more than 25 winning U.S. senate and gubernatorial campaigns. These campaigns include the Clinton/Gore campaign in 1992 and the Obama/Biden campaigns in 2008 and 2012, as well as the campaigns of Governor Doug Wilder (VA), Governor Bob Casey (PA), Senator and Governor Jon Corzine (NJ), Senator Bill Nelson (FL), Senator Jack Reed (RI), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI). Donilon has served as Counselor to the Vice President of the United States. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law School.

Sergio Fabbrini
Professor of Political Science, University of Trento

Sergio Fabbrini is Professor of Political Science at the University of Trento and is a specialist in transatlantic relations. He has served as NATO Associate Professor of American and Comparative Politics at UC Riverside and UC Berkeley (1981-1983), Fullbright Professor of American and Comparative Politics at Harvard University (1987-89), recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Politics at UC Berkeley (since 1991), and Jean Monnet Chair Professor at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence (2001). He has taught and lectured at Nanjing University (China); Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo Universities (Japan); Bath University (Britain); and the Andina University (Quito, Ecuador), among others. He is member of the Steering Group on European Union of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and is currently the editor of the Italian Journal of Political Science. Prof. Fabbrini has authored several books including America and Its Critics. Virtues and Vices of the Democratic Hyperpower (Cambridge, 2008) and Compound Democracies: Why The United States and Europe Are Becoming Similar (Oxford University Press, 2007) and has published numerous articles in scientific journals in the fields of: Comparative American, EU, and Italian politics, political theory, political economy, and public policy. Prof. Fabbrini was educated at the University of Trento and Cambridge University.

David Frum
Author, journalist, former speechwriter for George W. Bush

David J. Frum is a Canadian-born journalist active in both the United States and Canada. A former special assistant to President George W. Bush for economic speechwriting (2001-2002), senior foreign policy adviser to Rudy Giuliani, and editor of the website, Mr. Frum is a regular commentator on American Public Media’s Marketplace program, writes for, and is a columnist for The Week and for Canada´s National Post. He contributes frequently to the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and appears often on CNN, Fox News, and the BBC. He is the author of six books, including two New York Times best-sellers: Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again and The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush. He is also co-author with Richard Perle of An End to Evil: How To Win the War on Terror. He graduated and received a simultaneous Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in History from Yale University in 1982. In 1986, Mr Frum was nominated a visiting history lecturer at Yale and in 1987 he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Federalist Society.

Bruce Haynes
Political Strategist, UK

Bruce Haynes is the managing partner of two public affairs strategic communications firms: Purple Strategies, where he is a founding partner, and National Media Public Affairs. Bruce is a veteran political and public affairs strategist. He has designed and executed high profile communications strategies, advocacy campaigns and corporate campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, national coalitions, and non-profit organizations including the Republican National Committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, BP, Pfizer, WellPoint and Time Warner Cable. Bruce has also advised large federal government agencies and many U.S. political campaigns on strategy and advertising. Prior to joining Purple and National Media, Bruce served as Chief-of-Staff to a United States Congressman and as counsel to the Governor of South Carolina.

Steve McMahon
Democratic Strategist and Co-founder of Purple Strategies

Steve McMahon is an attorney and co-founder of Purple Strategies, LLC, a firm that applies politically-inspired solutions to corporate reputation and business challenges. He’s advised Senators, Governors, CEOs and presidential candidates on political and communications strategies for over thirty years. McMahon began his professional career working on the Senate and political staff of Senator Edward M.Kennedy, where he served as Assistant Press Secretary and later, as Deputy Director of Kennedy’s PAC, the Fund for a Democratic Majority. McMahon began working as a political strategist and media consultant in 1987, and has worked on dozens of Senate, Gubernatorial and Mayoral campaigns across the country. McMahon worked in the U.S. presidential campaigns of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, served as senior political strategist and media consultant for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and produced the advertising in support of then Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic National Committee in the 2008 presidential campaign. He has also produced issue advertising for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). On the international front, McMahon and his partners worked as strategic advisors or campaign consultants on successful presidential campaigns in Nicaragua for Violetto Chamarro and in Greece for Andreas Papandreaou. For the past decade, McMahon’s principal focus has been on providing comprehensive reputation, brand image, crisis, and issue advocacy campaigns to companies and industries operating in challenging environments. Their clients have included many of the best-known brands in the world, including McDonald’s, BP and Coca-Cola. He and his colleagues have also handled numerous and initiative and referenda campaigns on a wide range of subjects and helped develop litigation communication strategies for companies engaged in significant class action and government-initiated litigation. Steve McMahon appears often as a political commentator on television network and cable stations, and appears regularly as a Democratic Strategist on MSNBC and other political programming. Steve is married to Cynthia Alksne, a former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst. The couple has four daughters.

David Muir
Former Director of Political Strategy and Special Adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

David Muir has been the Director of Political Strategy and Special Adviser to the former British Prime Minister, The Rt Honourable Gordon Brown MP. Prior to working for the Prime Minister, Mr. Muir spent 15 years in the marketing communications industry. During that time he worked for Ogilvy and its parent company WPP plc in a variety of roles and published a best selling book on how brands build shareholder value called The Business of Brands. Mr. Muir holds a 1st Class M.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Glasgow and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

Marylouise Oates
Author and activist

Marylouise Oates is an author and political activist who teaches at The Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. She holds an M.Div from Yale. She was the youngest national reporter for United Press International, covering the 1964 Democratic Convention, the Philadelphia riots and New Jersey politics. She then moved to the National Desk in New York City. Oates joined the “Dump Johnson” movement, and served as Deputy National Press Secretary to McCarthy for President. She was the journalist-in-residence at The Daily Californian, the University of California, Berkeley, 1968-9. She then returned to Washington, D.C., where she was the press secretary for the National Vietnam Moratorium and subsequently for the National Welfare Rights Organization. She has been involved in the gay and lesbian civil rights movement since the 1970s. She became a reporter and then the nationally syndicated society columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where she refocused coverage to include minority concerns, the power of political money, and the emerging AIDS crisis. She is the author of three novels; one of them, Making Peace, which describes the turmoil and intrigues of the anti-war movement, was praised in the New York Times for capturing the spirit of that era. She worked with First Lady Hillary Clinton in the global initiative to empower women, Vital Voices, and was a founder of the Friends of the Communities of Northern Ireland, which has raised and allocated more than 13 million dollars to community-building and peace-building projects.

Robert Shrum
Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and Former Democratic Strategist

Robert Shrum is Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and Professor of the Practice of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He was senior advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. The Atlantic Monthly described him as “the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party.” He served as a senior adviser to the Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign, to the campaign of Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel and to the British Labour Party in the 2001 parliamentary campaign. Shrum was the principal speechwriter to Senator George McGovern in the 1972 Democratic campaign for President. Subsequently, he was the staff director and chief counsel of the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. Shrum served as press secretary to Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1980 to 1984, and he was the Senator’s principal speechwriter during and after the 1980 presidential campaign. As a journalist, Shrum’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The New Republic, among other publications. He has been a columnist for Slate and The Huffington Post, and writes a regular column for Since 1985, Shrum was a strategist and advertising consultant for thirty winning U.S. Senate campaigns; eight winning campaigns for Governor; the Mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Dade County and San Francisco and the Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives. Shrum’s book, No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner, was published in June 2007 by Simon and Schuster. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, and has taught at Yale and Boston College.

Alberto Simoni
Journalist, Foreign Desk, La Stampa

Alberto Simoni works at the foreign affairs desk at La Stampa and was previously foreign affairs correspondent for the daily Catholic Avvenire where he followed American foreign and domestic policy. He was also correspondent and America specialist for the weekly Tempi. He has collaborated as a political analyst for the Ce.S.I. of Rome (Centro Studi internazionali). Among his many publications is a book he wrote on neoconservative thinking George W. Bush e i falchi della democrazia (George W. Bush and the Hawks of Democracy, 2004) and Cambio di Rotta (The Change of Course, 2007), a study of the Bush doctrine and the crisis of supremacy in the United States. In September 2008, he published La Corsa più lunga (The Longest Run) with John Samples, a guide to the U.S. presidential. elections. Since 2006, he has been writing the blog on American affairs. He graduated with a degree in philosophy.

Paolo Valentino
Special Envoy for Foreign Assignments with Corriere della Sera

Paolo Valentino is Senior Foreign Policy Columnist at Corriere della Sera since September 2010. He served as Washington Bureau Chief from 2007-2010, covering the Obama ’08 campaign in depth. Before his departure he was accorded a one on one interview with President Obama in the Oval Office. Before arriving in Washington he served as Moscow Bureau Chief from 1990-1995, covering the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of the new Russia, and as Berlin Bureau Chief from 1995-2007. He has also served as correspondent for Corriere della Sera in Brussels, covering the EEC and NATO, and as a staff reporter at the foreign desk in Milan. In 1988 he covered Jesse Jackson’s presidential primary campaign in the U.S. Mr. Valentino graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Florence (1980). He earned an M.A. in International Economics from Cambridge University (1981) and served as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1989-1990), where he studied the American Presidency and American foreign policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

Claudius Wagemann
Professor NYU Florence, Lecturer Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane

Claudius Wagemann has been teaching the courses “Western European Politics” and “History of the European Union” at NYU Florence since 2006. Since 2005, he has been a junior faculty member at the Istituto italiano di scienze umane (SUM) in Florence where he has collaborated on the creation of a top-level Italian Ph.D. program in Political Science. Parallel to this, he worked with the European University Institute in Florence on the VETO project (“Violent Extremist Terrorist Organizations”) and the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO). Being a graduate of the EUI, Wagemann has published books and peer-reviewed articles on social science methodology, political parties, interest groups, social movements, extremism and private interest governance. Recently, he has been appointed as a full Professor of Social Science Methodology at the Goethe University of Frankfurt where he will start in the summer of 2012.

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