After serving at the Italian Embassy in Washington and as Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Italy in Prague, Amb. Minuto-Rizzo worked as Head of the External Relations Office of the EEC from 1981 to 1986. In the next years, his career focused on Europe and Space Policy. In 1997 he was appointed Diplomatic Counsellor of the Minister of Defence Nino Andreatta, then of his successors Carlo Scognamiglio and Sergio Mattarella. In 2000, he became the Italian Ambassador to the Western European Union and to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, of which he was among the founding members. He was Deputy Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, between 2001 and 2007. His mandate was mostly carried out in the strategic-political industrial area, in relations with sensitive countries in the Gulf and Southern Mediterranean. He is the author of “The Road to Kabul” (Il Mulino-Arel, 2009), “A Political Journey without Maps, Diversity and Future in the Greater Middle East” (Rubbettino 2013), and “NATO and the Middle East: The Making of a Partnership” (New Academia Publishing, 2018).