Italian politics take an Adriatic turn as Giorgia Meloni is highlighting the coast’s importance as part of her election campaign. In 'Adriatic: A Concert of Civilizations at the End of the Modern Age', Robert D. Kaplan unveils the region’s rich histories, ranging from the clash of religions to its present-day geopolitical dance with China. Reviewing historical, cultural, and economic dynamics, this piece travels across the coast, through politics and the promise of an Adriatic resurgence.

Igmade: Mr. Chomsky, what’s your favorite color? Noam Chomsky (laughs): If I have to pick one it would be blue because blue makes me feel good. Blue is also one of the colors of the color-coded terror-alert system of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). . Could be... It is the color of second lowest threat level.. Really? Okay... You don’t seem to be too interested in this terror alert system... Well, I know that it exists. You hear about orange alerts and so on but I don’t really pay much attention. So you don’t know with which colour you have to live in at the moment? No.