(AGI) Sydney, Aug 12 - Gabriele Abbondanza's "Italy as a Regional Power: The African Context from National Unification to the Present Day" will be presented at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Sydney on Aug 18. The even will favour a discussion on the evolution of Italy's role as a regional power and of the nation as a whole since its Unification. Abbondanza's book analyses the weight of Italian influence over its geopolitical context, with a focus on Libya and the Horn of Africa. With the aid of research methods, images, charts, maps, and confidential documents, together with two exclusive interviews, the book reviews the different phases in Italy's foreign policy, its successes and failures, starting from the earliest colonial days to the most recent events. Domenico Gentile of SBS Radio will interview the author. Mr Abbondanza is an Italian-Australian researcher who was born in Rome and currently lives in Sydney. He graduated in Political Science from Roma Tre University in Rome, and obtained an MA in Research in International Security at the University of Sydney. He has lived in Australia since 2012, and has published the book "The Geopolitics of Australia in the New Millennium: The Asia-Pacific Context" as well as various essays in scientific journals. After moving to Sydney, he began working as a foreign correspondent in Australia and New Zealand for the Italian daily newspaper "Indro". The Roman researcher has a special relationship with Australia, which he considers his second home. To date he has travelled extensively across the country in over 25 trips. He works closely with local communities, academic research institutions and media with similar interests. In November 2015, he began collaborating with Australia's SBS television and radio as a political expert, offering his insight into Australian and international politics. (AGI). .