Ambassador from Italy: Who Is Claudio Bisogniero?

Monday, February 06, 2012
Claudio Bisogniero, who has been posted to the U.S. on two previous occasions, officially took the reins as Italy’s ambassador to the U.S. on February 6, just in time to coordinate the visit to Washington of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who will arrive on February 9. The previous ambassador, Giulio Terzi, was called back to Italy to serve as foreign minister after the forced resignation of the nation’s controversial prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.
Born in Rome on July 2, 1954, Claudio Bisogniero earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Rome in 1976, and served as an officer in the Italian Army in 1976 and 1977. He then entered the Italian Foreign Service in May 1978. For his first overseas posting, Bisogniero served as first secretary for economic and commercial affairs at the Italian embassy in Beijing, China, from September 1981 to 1984.
From 1984 to 1989 he served at the Permanent Mission of Italy to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, where he focused on disarmament issues and also served as a delegate to the Senior Political Committee. Returning to Rome in 1989, Bisogniero joined the Office of the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic, where he remained until 1992. There he dealt with international issues relevant to Italian President Francesco Cossiga.
In late 1992 Bisogniero was posted for the first time to the U.S., to serve as first counselor for economic and commercial affairs at the embassy in Washington, D.C., with special focus on financial issues, the IMF and World Bank, and defense industry co-operation. After four years in Washington, he moved 225 miles north to serve at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York, with primary responsibilities for political affairs and UN reform. Bisogniero served there from 1996 to 1999, when he returned to Rome to serve at the Foreign Affairs Ministry for the next 8 years.
From 1999 to 2002, he served in the Personnel Department and later at the Office of the Secretary General, as direct collaborator with the Secretary General. In February 2002 Bisogniero was appointed deputy director general for political multilateral affairs, responsible for NATO, the United Nations, G8, disarmament, OSCE, anti-terrorism and human rights issues. In June 2005 he became director general for the Americas, with responsibility for the relations with the nations of the Western Hemisphere, including the U.S. In October 2007 Bisogniero was named NATO Deputy Secretary General, serving in Brussels until late 2011, when he was named ambassador to the U.S.
Bisogniero and his wife, Laura Denise, have a daughter and a son. His stated hobbies and personal interests include classical music, reading, sailing and flying. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Italy-USA Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Rome, Italy, established to promote friendship between Italians and Americans, as well as American culture in Italy.
-Matt Bewig

Claudio Bisogniero, the New Italian Ambassador to the United States (i-Italy) 


Louis J. Gallo 9 years ago
I am the New York State Chairman of the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ) of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). CSJ is the anti-defamation branch of OSIA. Although our principal mission is to fight defamation, bias, and stereotyping against Italians and Italian Americans, our concominant mission is to also promote our Italian culture, language, and heritage. In this regard we at CSJ are very interested in promoting the Advanced Placement program in Italian in America's high schools. I know from my readings on the Web that you personally are also very interested in this matter. Our concern is that by May 2016 2,500 students must sit for the Italian AP exam or else the College Board of New Jersey will drop Italian AP. In November I formed an Italian Language Task Force in New York State consisting of CSJ and two Italian American language associations which are working now to monitor Italian language programs in high schools in New York State and encouraging targeted schools to formulate and sustain such programs so that in future years we will have a vibrant AP program. We do not want to lose Italian AP! Therefore, I was wondering what plans, if any, have you made to sustain Italian AP, which we would love to a part of, and what is your assessment regarding reaching the 2,500 threshold by 2016?

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