Italy

 

Country: Italy Italy

Director: Nathalie Tocci

Website: http://www.iai.it/en

Contact: IAI Information

     

 

 

 

 

International Affairs Institute (IAI)

An Italian non-profit organisation, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) (English: Institute of International Affairs) was founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli, its first director, thanks to joint contributions from the Fondazione Olivetti, the cultural and political association Il Mulino and the Nord e Sud Research Centre, as well as to substantial support from the Ford Foundation. Spinelli took North American and British think tanks as a model: he created a flexible private organisation, distinct from university institutes and governmental or ministerial research centres, yet capable of interacting and cooperating with the government, the public administration, national economic actors and foreign academic centres. These are still IAI’s outstanding features today. In 1991 the Institute moved to Palazzo Rondinini, an elegant eighteenth century building in the heart of Rome. Many of the activities organised by the Institute take place in its Baroque ceremonial rooms.

The Institute’s main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications, with the aim of increasing the opportunities of all countries to move in the direction of supranational organisation, democratic freedom and social justice (IAI Bylaws, Article 1). Research focuses on the following thematic areas:

  • European Union;
  • The EU’s global role;
  • International political economy;
  • Asia;
  • Energy;
  • Turkey & Neighbourhood
  • Security and defence;
  • Transatlantic relations;
  • The Mediterranean and the Middle East;
  • Italian foreign policy.

The research staff is made up of nearly 30 researchers, including 10 area or project directors. Most of the research projects are carried out together with other institutes with similar characteristics. The Institute is an active participant in – and has sometimes even been a promoter of – important transnational research networks: EuroMeSCo (EuroMediterranean Study Commission), ISN (International Relations And Security Network), EINIRAS (European Working Group on Information and Documentation in International Relations and Area Studies), TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Transatlantic Editors’ Forum.

Publications of IAI include:

  • The International Spectator, a peer reviewed English-language foreign policy quarterly, published since 2007 by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
  • IAI Quaderni, a series of brief monographs on problems of international affairs in either Italian or English
  • La politica estera dell’Italia, a yearbook on Italy’s foreign policy and international affairs, published by Il Mulino
  • AffarInternazionali, an Italian language webzine on politics, strategy and economics

In addition, the IAI manages three websites: IAI’s official website; the website of the webzine Affarinternazionali, and a website dedicated to the role of the European Union in the United Nations.

 

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