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"The Honourable
Antonio Martino
""Antonio Martino daticamera.jpg
"Minister of Defence
In office
11 June 2001 – 17 May 2006
Prime Minister "Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by "Sergio Mattarella
Succeeded by "Arturo Parisi
"Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
10 May 1994 – 17 January 1995
Prime Minister "Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by "Leopoldo Elia
Succeeded by "Susanna Agnelli
"Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
10 April 1994
Constituency "Sicily
Personal details
Born (1942-12-22) 22 December 1942 (age 75)
"Messina, "Italy
Nationality "Italian
Political party "Italian Liberal Party
"Forza Italia
"The People of Freedom
"Forza Italia
Spouse(s) Carol Erickson
"Alma mater "University of Messina,
"University of Chicago
Profession "Teacher, "economist

Antonio Martino (born December 22, 1942) is an Italian politician, who was the "minister of foreign affairs in 1994 and "minister of defense from 2001 to 2006. He is a founding member of "Forza Italia.


Born in "Messina, he is the son of "Gaetano Martino, former Foreign Minister and prominent member of the late "Italian Liberal Party (PLI). In mid-the 1980s he was unsuccessful candidate for the post of PLI secretary. A member of the "Italian Parliament, he was first elected in 1994, re-elected in "1996 and "2001.

Since 1992 and for many years, Martino has been a professor of "Economics in the "Political Science Department at the "LUISS University of "Rome (currently on Parliamentary leave). He is author of 11 books and over 150 papers and articles on economic theory and policy. He has been a frequent contributor to Italian and international magazines and newspapers ("Il Giornale, for example), as well as Italian and international television and radio programs.

In 1988–90, Martino was President of the "Mont Pelerin Society, an international society of "classical liberals, founded in 1947 by Nobel Prize Winner "Friedrich A. Hayek. In the Nineties, he wrote a book in Italian language, Stato Padrone, where he explains his "free-market ideas.

He was minister of Foreign Affairs in the first Berlusconi cabinet (1994–95) and minister of Defense when Berlusconi came back to power (2001–2006).

He is Secretary of the Scientific Committee of the "Italy-USA Foundation.

External links[edit]

A. Martino, Stato Padrone, Sperling&Kupfer, Milan 1997.

Political offices
Preceded by
"Leopoldo Elia
"Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
"Susanna Agnelli
Preceded by
"Sergio Mattarella
"Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
"Arturo Parisi
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