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“Diplomazia e dintorni” – What’s does it take to be an Ambassador?

Leaving aside the rhetoric and clichés, being an ambassador means performing a particularly complex, discreet and skilled role, and only after many years of diplomatic experience.

But what does it take to be an ambassador? What are the challenges and difficulties facing an ambassador? How do does an ambassador tackle the crises or problems that a head of mission may have to address?

During this week’s instalment of “Diplomazia e Dintorni”, Ambassador Pietro Benassi, who was Italian Ambassador in Tunis during the 2011 revolution, will reply to these and other questions. Ambassador Benassi will describe some of the many situations he has faced and the experience he has built up during his long career. The programme will be broadcast on Radio Luiss ( at 21.00 on Tuesday 13 May 2014.

Previous instalments of “Diplomazia e Dintorni” all available online

You can listen again to all of the previous instalments of Diplomazia e Dintorni at And to send in your questions to the programme, write to