Antonio Martino

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Antonio Martino
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Minister of Defense
In office
June 11, 2001 – May 17, 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Sergio Mattarella
Succeeded by Arturo Parisi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
May 10, 1994 – January 17, 1995
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Leopoldo Elia
Succeeded by Susanna Agnelli
Personal details
Born (1942-12-22) December 22, 1942 (age 71)
Messina, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia
Other political
Italian Liberal Party
(until 1994)
Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
Profession Politician
University Professor
Religion Roman Catholic

Antonio Martino (born December 22, 1942) is an Italian politician, who was the minister of foreign affairs in 1994 and minister of defense from 2001 to 2006. He is a founding member of Forza Italia.


Born at Messina, he is the son of Gaetano Martino, former Foreign Minister and prominent member of the late Italian Liberal Party (PLI). In mid-the 1980s he was unsuccessful candidate for the post of PLI secretary. A member of the Italian Parliament, he was first elected in 1994, re-elected in 1996 and 2001.

Since 1992 and for many years, Martino has been a professor of Economics in the Political Science Department at the LUISS University of Rome (currently on Parliamentary leave). He is author of 11 books and over 150 papers and articles on economic theory and policy. He has been a frequent contributor to Italian and international magazines and newspapers (Il Giornale, for example), as well as Italian and international television and radio programs.

In 1988-90, Martino was President of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international society of classical liberals, founded in 1947 by Nobel Prize Winner Friedrich A. Hayek. In the Nineties, he wrote a book in Italian language, Stato Padrone, where he explains his free-market ideas.

He was minister of Foreign Affairs in the first Berlusconi cabinet (1994–95) and minister of Defense when Berlusconi came back to power (2001-2006).

He is Secretary of the Scientific Committee of the Italy-USA Foundation.

External links[edit]

A. Martino, Stato Padrone, Sperling&Kupfer, Milan 1997.

Political offices
Preceded by
Leopoldo Elia
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Susanna Agnelli
Preceded by
Sergio Mattarella
Italian Minister of Defense
Succeeded by
Arturo Parisi