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Guido Lenzi was Director of the WEU Institute from October 1995 to September 1999. He was previously Minister Plenipotentiary at the Political Department of the Italian Foreign Ministry. He joined the Italian Foreign Service in 1964. During his thirty-year career as a diplomat, he served in Algiers, Lausanne, London, Moscow and New York, and in Rome headed the Asia department and the NATO desk, as well as being diplomatic adviser to the Minister of Defence and President of the Senate. In October 1999 he rejoined the Foreign Ministry in Rome. He is an Associate Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a member of the Governing Board of the Istituto Affari Internazionali. After a period as Permanent Representative of Italy to the OSCE in Vienna, he returned to Rome to the Cabinet of the Minister of the Interior. He has now retired.