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Paolo Messa

The Age of Sharp Power

China, Russia and Iran. the interference is not soft. The italian case.


The aim of this book is to raise awareness of authoritarian countries' influence penetration into democracies through cyber-offense, intellectual property theft, media networks spreading propaganda, bots, and fake-news on social networks, and cultural exchanges that may constitute a peril to academic freedom and threaten the freedom of speech in some western institutes. The Age of Sharp Power offers an unedited analysis of the Italian case, unveiling Russia and China network of influence in the "Belpaese" and suggesting how to defend sensible national infrastructure from authoritarian States' penetration.


Pages: 144
Trade Paper: ISBN 9788885486843; $29,95
Epub: ISBN 9788885486850; $19,95

Paolo Messa is the founder of the magazine Formiche and member of the Center for American Studies Administrative Board. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC and member of the Strategic Board for Global Governance course at Tor Vergata University in Rome. He is a Professor at LUISS Business School.
The Age of Sharp Power