Andrew Spannaus graduated in Philosophy with a thesis on Plato's Idea of the Good from James Madison University in Virginia, USA. He has been a journalist and writer on political and economic issues in Italy since 1997, the Chairman of the Foreign Press Association of Milan from 2017u to 2020. His commentary on US and international politics appears on Rainews24, Swiss Italian Radio, Aspenia, Consortium News, Formiche, and various other media outlets. He is the founder of the Transatlantico.info newsletter, which provides news and analysis of geopolitics and economics to institutions and businesses. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the NATO Defense College Foundation, and an honorary member of the National Federation of Consuls. In June 2016 Spannaus published "Perché vince Trump", anticipating the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory in the American presidential election in the fall of the same year. His second book is "La rivolta degli elettori" (July 2017), which analyzes populism in Europe and the prospects for the European Union. His English-language book "Original Sins" of May 2019 deals with globalization, populism, and the contradictions facing Europe in the coming years. In September 2020 he published "L'America post-globale. Trump, il coronavirus e il futuro", an assessment of the Trump administration with a view towards the trends that will define US policy in the medium to long-term. On American history, he published the essay "Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812", included in the book "War Hawks. Gli Stati Uniti e la guerra del 1812" edited by Prof. Marco Sioli. He is a public speaker at events organized by public and private institutions in Italy and around Europe.
The political economy of the United States of America. Between protectionism and free trade
The seminar offers an in-depth analysis of the development of the United States' economic policy by analyzing the opposition and interaction between the tendencies of protectionism and public intervention, and the liberal approach both internally and externally. We will look at the salient moments of the development of the "American System of Political Economy" to understand how this tradition affects the paradigm shift of the past 50 years, and the role it has in today's populist ferment that asks America not to lose its historical identity.