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Ugo Tramballi

Journalist, Sole 24 Ore

Ugo Tramballi is ISPI Senior Advisor. A veteran journalist, he joined the Metropolitan section of “Il Giornale” in 1976. He served as the newspaper’s Middle East correspondent in Beirut from 1983 to ’87 with war correspondences from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and extensive coverage in India and Pakistan. He was Moscow correspondent from 1987 to ’91 and then Global Correspondent and columnist with the Italian Economic  newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”. He covered the Middle East peace process, India’s Economic reforms, South Africa transition to democracy, China rise and Hong Kong handover, the impact of globalization on World Politics, the World after 9/11, Civil uprising in the Middle East, the financial crisis in the Western World and rise of populism.

He is a member of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, IAI, Rome, as well as a World Economic Forum’s Media Leader. Among his books: Inside India (1988), The Day Winter Is Over: Russia After Eltsin (1999), The Stones and the Olive Trees – A History of Palestine (2002), Israel – The Incomplete Dream, (2008). He regularly contributes to ISPI's annual report and has recently edited the ISPI reports India: the Modi Factor (2018), India's Global Challenge (2019) and Looking West: The Rise of Asia in the MENA Region (2020). On ISPI’s website, he publishes a weekly blog on international affairs, “Slow News” (

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