Antonio Armellini. If the Elephant Flies

Thursday December 6th 2012
18.00 Lecture by Antonio Armellini

The British School at Rome, Via Gramsci 61

In this fifth event in the programme Urban Landscapes-Indian Case Studies, diplomat and writer, Antonio Armellini, will provide an analysis of Indian society in the twenty first century and refer to his recent book “If the Elephant Flies”.

India is the world’s largest democracy, and looks confidently to joining the ranks of the most advanced industrial economies. Antonio Armellini, former Italian Ambassador to India, looks at the opportunities and pitfalls confronting India’s cities in the XXI century: a buoyant economic climate and a strong “can do” mentality among the people have to reckon with a bloated bureaucracy, widespread corruption, the enduring influence of caste and the role of karma.

Antonio Armellini was Italian Ambassador to India and Nepal from 2004 to 2008. A specialist on international security and European integration, his interests include the geo-politics of the Asian region and multilateral economic cooperation, on which he has written and lectured extensively. Ambassador Armellini is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, and is currently a consultant to the City of Venice and to private companies and financial institutions on international affairs.

The Urban Landscapes-Indian Case Studies programme will conclude with Rahul Mehrotra’s lecture and exhibition “The Kinetic City” on February 5th 2013. Rahul Mehrotra is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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