Carlo Pelanda

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Carlo A. Pelanda
Personal details
Born (1951-04-17) April 17, 1951 (age 64)
Tolmezzo, Italy
Nationality Italian
Alma mater University of Trieste
Profession Economist, University Professor, Entrepreneur

Carlo A. Pelanda (born April 17, 1951 in Tolmezzo, Italy) is an Italian professor of Political Science and Economics.


Pelanda received a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Trieste. He specialized in Strategic Studies, International Scenarios, and Systems Theory. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Georgia and teaches International Political Economy. He is a frequent columnist in Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, Il Tempo, L'Arena, Il Sussidiario.

Strategic Analysis[edit]

In his 2007 book The Grand Alliance,[1] Pelanda argued that the system of world governance built on global dominance by the United States, the United States dollar, and Western international institutions is crumbling. He wrote that while the United States is still the single most powerful country in the world, is now too "small" to maintain its role as global governor as it has done since 1945. From this, he claims that the world has become too big to be governed by one power and that current trends show that divergent regional blocks and mega-nations are being formed. In his opinion, this will weaken the governance of the global economy and its security problems, increasing the risk of destabilisation over the entire planet.

Pelanda has initiated a research project to identify an international political architecture able to maintain world stability. The project recommends a future alliance of the world's largest democracies: the United States, countries of the European Union, Russia, India, and Japan. The gradual convergence of military and economic power within these nations will produce credible global governance based on Western and technical values. Concurrently, Pelanda argues that such convergence requires a shift in the European Union from a passive to active role in international relations.


Academic Positions[edit]

  • Ohio State University (1981)
  • University of Delaware, Disaster Research Center (1986–1987)
  • ISIG, Gorizia (1977–1989)
  • University of Trieste (1978–1980, 1984–1988)
  • LUISS, Rome (1989–1993)
  • University of Forlì, Bologna (1995)
  • John Cabot University, Rome (1998, 2004)
  • University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs, (1982–1986, 1988–present)
  • Co-Director, GLOBIS, Center for the Study of Global Issues, University of Georgia (1992–present)

Advisory and Other Positions[edit]

  • Senior Strategist, Anchorage Group AG, Zurich (2009)
  • Advisory Committee, Fondazione Farefuturo, Rome, (2007–present)
  • Consultant, Rolls Royce, London and Rome (2007–present)
  • Consultant, Consip, Rome (2006–present)
  • Member,European Advisory Board, Rolls Royce, Paris and London, (2003–2006)
  • Consultant, Ministry of Defence, A. Martino (2001–2005)
  • Member, Scientific Council of Anpa, Ministry of Environment, Rome (2001–2002)
  • Extraordinary Member, Higher Council for Ministry of Communications, (1999–present)
  • Coordinator of the White Paper, Repubblica e Canton Ticino, Bellinzona (1997–1998)
  • Expert for the foundation of the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya (FBBV), Madrid (1996–2000)
  • Expert, Scientific Committee, Confindustria, Rome (1996–1998)
  • President, National Association of Good Government, Rome (1996–2007)
  • Consultant, Ministry of Finance, G. Tremonti (1994)
  • Consultant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, B. Andreatta (1993)
  • Consultant for the President of the Republic (F. Cossiga) (1990–1991)
  • Director of Research Projects for the Military Center for Strategic Studies, CASD, Rome (1988–1996)
  • Scientific advisor to the UN Secretary General in reference to the projects of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR, New York and Geneva (1988–1990)



  1. ^ The Grand Alliance, Franco & Angeli, 2007.

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