Recent publications from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2016


Eight new reports on European Union by the Istituto Affari Internazionali  – IAI, June-September 2016

Negotiating the European Union’s Dilemmas: Proposals on Governing Europe, by Nicoletta Pirozzi and Pier Domenico Tortola, (IAI Working paper 16|24) September 2016, 22 p.

This paper culminates and concludes the “Governing Europe” research project by presenting an overall assessment of the state of the European Union, and a set of prescriptions for the short and medium term, building on the analysis and find-ings of the individual contributions. The paper is organised around six main questions: first, how to construct a realistic and fruitful political narrative for the Union? Second, how to turn politicisation from a threat to an opportunity for integration? Third, how to best balance unity and diversity by means of differentiated integration? Fourth, how to consolidate the Eurozone both economically and institutionally? Fifth, how to change the EU’s guiding economic paradigm? Finally, how to formulate a foreign policy that matches Europe’s position in the world? For each of these themes the paper reflects on the main issues and dilemmas facing EU policy-makers, summarises the project’s recommendations, and lists a number of actionable policy points.

The Refugee Card in EU-Turkey Relations: A Necessary but Uncertain Deal, By Laura Batalla Adam, Global Turkey in Europe, (Working paper 14) September 2016, 12 p.

Now in its fifth year, the war in Syria has triggered the largest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time. For most refugees, Turkey is the main transit country to reach Europe, where they hope for a better life. However, Europe has not yet been able to provide a long-term sustainable response to the current refugee situation. Meanwhile, Turkey has become the largest refugee-hosting country in the world with over 2.7 million refugees. As this paper argues, the EU and Turkey need each other in handling the refugee crisis. A failure to cooperate will put the future of hundreds of thousands of Syrians refugees on hold and have irreversible consequences for EU-Turkey relations.

Energy Union Watch, Nicolò Sartori and Lorenzo Colantoni, No. 5, period June-August, August 2016, 18 p.

A quarterly bulletin on the Energy Union that collects official documents, public information and open source data – processed and analysed by the IAI team

Strengthening the EU’s External Action: The Need for an EU Food Diplomacy?, by Daniele Fattibene, (IAI Working paper 16|17) July 2016, 20 p.

Over the last decades, food security has come to the fore as a relevant issue both for scholars and for policy-makers. The so-called “Arab Spring” revealed the strong linkage between food security, political instability and migration. The European Union’s food security policy has set up solid building blocks to deal with the challenge both in terms of development and of humanitarian policies. However, such an approach has proved to be too sectoral, lacking a clear strategic framework where food is embedded into broader security dynamics. An EU food diplomacy under the aegis of the European External Action Service could help to integrate the two souls – development and humanitarian assistance – of the EU’s food security policy, in line with the EU Global Strategy and the international commitments made on climate change and sustainable development.

How Will I Function When I Grow Up? The Effectiveness of EU Foreign Policy Governance Stuck in a Teleological Dilemma, by Lorenzo Vai  (IAI Working Papers 16|18) July 2016, 21 p.

In times of international crises the effectiveness of the European Union Foreign Policy (EFP) has been seriously called into question: why has the EU failed so often in achieving its objectives? Besides an essential lack of political will among the European capitals there is something more. The current EU institutional system governing external action has shown a number of shortcomings ascribable to three original structural sins affecting its architecture, namely: an artificial separation within EU foreign policy areas; a lack of EU capabilities; and a democratic deficit in the EFP policy cycles. These deficiencies have contributed to reducing the global effectiveness of the EU action undermining its readiness for action, autonomy, coherence and visibility. The Lisbon Treaty tried to mitigate these sins with oscillating levels of success because at the heart of the problem lies an existential and unresolved dilemma about the future of the Union. At this point of the integration path any further institutional development aimed to fix these sins definitely has to face and solve this dilemma. If the current political context does not seem to allow this leap forward, the Lisbon Treaty and the EU actors may still have something to say in struggling for a more effective EU in the world.

Implications of the EU Global Strategy for the Middle East and North Africa, by Eduard Soler i Lecha and Nathalie Tocci, Menara papers 16|12, future notes 1, July 2016, 4 p.

The Middle East and North Africa are in turmoil, Europe’s security is inextricably linked to what happens in this region, and yet the EU has limited capacities to change realities on the ground. These are three of the main messages of the EU Global Strategy presented in June 2016. The document presents Europeans and the wider world with a vision on the international context in which the EU will operate in the coming years. It depicts a complex, contested and connected world, where the EU’s strategic interests must be coherent with its values. It also espouses the concept of principled pragmatism as a guide for the EU’s external action in the years ahead and mentions the concept of resilience more than forty times. The strategy acknowledges that the EU is not alone, that it needs to partner to be influential and that it has an interest in promoting cooperative regional orders. In the framework of the MENARA project, let’s launch a discussion on what could be the practical implications of this new vision for EU policies in the Middle East and North Africa in the next decade.

Brexit and the Future of the United Kingdom, by Etain Tannan  (IAI Working Papers 16|16) July 2016, 16 p.

This paper aims to assess the significance of Brexit for the future of the UK as a unitary state and to identify various possible outcome to the future of the UK. The first part provides an overview of the current status of Scotland and Northern Ireland in the UK and the differences between both cases. The second part of the article assesses the significance of the EU for the devolved administrations and analyses key party responses to the Brexit debate in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In conclusion the impact of Brexit on the future of the UK as unitary state is assessed.

Oil Price Volatility and the Implications for European Foreign and Security Policy, by Nicolò Sartori  (IAI Working Papers 16|15) June 2016, 26 p.

The volatility characterising oil prices in the last year and a half is likely to affect negatively the already compromised economies and socio-political patterns of MENA producing countries. The echo would resound directly in Europe, an important import destination and migrant recipient. Starting from a broad overview of the consequences of declining oil prices on the revenue-dependent economies of North Africa and the Middle East, this paper investigates the possible social and political implications in the medium-long term, highlighting the need for producing states to evaluate wisely policies able to prevent further turmoil in the area. A large part is dedicated to what the trend means for Europe, in order to shed light on the strong link between the regions and underline the importance of the EU playing an active role in mitigating the effects on both importing and exporting countries.

News from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

The Istituto AffarIAI50i Internazionali extends its deepest condolences for the death of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, President Emeritus of the Italian Republic and the Institute’s Honorary President. IAI recalls his constant and tireless efforts on behalf of Italy and Europe. His example and guidance will be deeply missed.

Conference “The Arctic Council and the Italian Perspective. The 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Declaration”, 10 October, Rome


“The Arctic Council and the Italian Perspective. The 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Declaration”, in cooperation with the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI)


Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2015


“EU and its neighbours: charting the way forward”
4 May 2015

On the 4th of May 2015, in Rome, the IAI organized the International conference “EU and its neighbours: charting the way forward”, in cooperation with the Italian Foreign Ministry and with the participation of Mr Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister. The programme of the conference can be accessed here.

“The projection to the South of Europe (from Maghreb to Sub Saharan Africa)”
29 April 2015

On the 29th of April 2015, in Rome, the IAI organized the France-Italy Strategic Forum: conference on “the projection to the South of Europe (from Maghreb to Sub Saharan Africa)”. Here you can find more information about the conference and the Forum.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014

TEPSAiaiTHESEUSThe TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference was held in 24 and 25 March in Rome before the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.

Growth, employment and immigration top the agenda of Italy’s EU presidency. IAI with TEPSA have prepared a background paper assessing these and other challenges and presented a series of recommendations to the Italian foreign ministry. European and national officials as well as European researchers and practitionners participated in the discussions.

Please find here the IAI background paper, the recommendations as well as the programme.

Please find here the report.

Final Report of the European Global Strategy Project

spain logoegs okladkaTowards a European Global Strategy. Securing European influence in a changing world, Elcano Royal Institute, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the International Affairs Institute and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 28 May 2013.

The European Global Strategy project, initiated by the Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Spain, Poland and Italy, is based on the premise that it is necessary to think strategically in changing times. This project is led by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Elcano Royal Institute, the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the Istituto Affari Internazionali and aims to encourage debate and provide some ideas about the elements of an external action strategy for the European Union.

The first result of the project is a report with the essential elements of a European global strategy under the title Towards a European Global Strategy. Securing European influence in a changing world. More information available also here.

Think Global – Act European IV: Thinking Strategically about the EU’s External Action

logo IAIThink Global – Act European IV: Thinking Strategically about the EU’s External Action

Elvire Fabry and Chiara Rosselli (eds.), Paris, Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute, April 2013

This is the report that a network of 16 European think tanks  “Think Global, Act European” founded in 2008 by the French Notre Europe-Institut Jacques Delors issues every eighteen months on the EU’s new priorities to be presented to the so-called “trio presidencies” of the EU.

In this fourth edition of the report, the IAI contributed as co-leader of Working Group IV on the European Neighbourhood Policy. A seminar on the topic was already organized in Rome in 2012. Contributions presented at the seminar by Michele Comelli, Amirah Fernandez, Timo Behr and Adam Balcer were then merged in the final report. The report was presented on 15 May 2013 during a public conference entitled “Un nouvel élan d’action pour une stratégie extérieure de l’UE”.

Data sheet on the publication available here.

Towards a European Global Strategy: three levels for EU external action

spain logoA report recently published outlines three levels for EU external action, making proposals such as: building four global partnerships with the US, Turkey, Russia and China and jointly working toward global governance reform; developing the external dimensions of EU single market and energy policies; and re-engaging with the strategic neighbourhood.

The report, entitled Towards a European Global Strategy has been produced by four European think tanks, following the initiative put forth by the Foreign Ministries of Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

According to the report, the EU should forge a new Atlantic community with the US, on the basis of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which should be rapidly implemented. This partnership should be politico-strategic in nature and tailored to jointly address the main issues on the international agenda. The EU should offer Turkey a wide-ranging, enhanced political partnership, without awaiting the conclusion of the accession process, which should be successfully completed in the near future.

The strategic neighbourhood is a geopolitical space that goes beyond those states whose geographical proximity connects them to the Union, and also include broader areas that are functionally linked to vital European interests, such as the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and North Africa (?), Central Asia, the Arctic and adjacent sea-lines.

The EU should consider states in the strategic neighbourhood as potential partners, and initiate a political dialogue with them in order to agree on common priorities and actions, by abandoning the logic of mere conditionality. The EU and its member states should advance comprehensive security in this area by being prepared to undertake the full spectrum of civilian and military missions in order to manage crises which threaten vital European interests.

Series of conferences on “The future of the European economy”, December 2012-March 2013, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

logo IAIStarting in 2012, IAI has launched a new series of conferences aimed to contribute to the debates on the impact of the economic crisis and the new instruments of European economic governance with particular regard to their effects on the European integration process. This is a multi-year project.

So far the following conferences have been held:

3 December 2012, Rome, LA CRISI DELL’EURO E IL FUTURO DELL’ECONOMIA EUROPEA [=THE EURO CRISIS AND THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY] With Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD. The conference report available here.

6 February 2013, Rome, THE GREEK CRISIS AND THE EUROZONE: A CURE WORSE THAN THE DISEASE? With Loukas Tsoukalis, Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe.  President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. The conference report available here.

5 March 2013, Rome, VERSO L’UNIONE BANCARIA EUROPEA: SFIDE E PROSPETTIVE [=TOWARDS A EUROPEAN BANKING UNION: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES] With Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Senior Visiting Fellow, IAI,  and former member of the Executive Committee of the European Central Bank. The conference report available here.

28 March 2013, Turin, FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND GROWTH IN EUROPE With André Sapir, Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles and  Senior Fellow at Bruegel. See the Programme and the Powerpoint presentation of A. Sapir.

LISBOAN Workshop “The European Neighbourhood Policy after the Lisbon Treaty”, 22 March 2013, IAI, Rome

young researchersIn the LISBOAN Workshop “The European Neighbourhood Policy after the Lisbon Treaty” organised on 22 March 2013 in Instituto Affari Internazionali  IAI in Rome, coordinated by Michele Comelli (IAI), the keynote speech delivered dr Barbara Lippert from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin. In the three sessions on 1. “Legal basis for the ENP and the possibility of neighbourhood agreement”, 2. “Has the Lisbon Treaty brought about more coherence to the ENP and the whole system of the EU external action?” and 3. “Does the ENP still make sense in the current geopolitical, economic and institutional context?”, took part experienced and young researchers: dr Peter Van Elsuwege, University of Ghent, Federico Casolari, University of Bologna, Hans Peter Neuhold, University of Vienna, Ettore Greco IAI, Alessandra Mignolli, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Anita Sek, Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, Dorina Baltag, Loughborough University, Rosen Dimov, University of Istanbul, Bogdana Depo, University of Cologne and Prague, Gianni Bonvicini IAI, Mohamed Youssef Laarissa, University of Hanover, Agnes Nicolescu, European Institute of Romania, Bucharest, Zsuzsa Ludvig, Institute of World Economics, Budapest, and Nona Mikhelidze IAI.
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), launched by the EU on the eve of the “Big Bang” enlargement, had developed in an informal way, being based on “soft law” instruments. However, the Lisbon Treaty provides a specific legal basis for the ENP and, more in general, for the EU’s relations with neighbouring countries (art. 8 TEU). Interestingly, art. 8 TEU was placed in the Common Provisions of the Treaty on European Union, without any links neither with the article on enlargement, as it was the case in the Constitutional Treaty, nor the provisions on the EU’s external action. In addition, art. 8 TEU also provides for a new kind of agreements with neighbouring countries. Last but not least, the Lisbon Treaty has another important impact for the ENP, in that it has strengthened the High Representative, now also Vice President of the European Commission, and has brought about the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS). As a result, while at the level of services, the ENP has been integrated within the EEAS, its political responsibility is shared between the Commissioner for (Enlargement and) ENP and the High Representative. Indeed, the Communications on the ENP issued after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty had been drafted jointly by the two of them. The cooperation between the two has been envisaged also when it comes to the programming of the financing instruments, that is the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), that will be renamed European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). According to the 26 July 2010 Council decision on the EEAS, the programming of the ENPI as well as of other external assistance instruments shall be prepared jointly by the relevant services in the EEAS and in the Commission under the responsibility of the Commissioner in the designated area and shall be submitted jointly with the High Representative for adoption by the Commission.
The publication will be available soon.

Please consult the: Programme of ENP Seminar, IAI Rome. Visit also the website of the LISBOAN programme:

How to strengthen the EU as a global player – Italy and Germany in the driver’s seat? Experts’ seminar by IAI, Rome & IEP, Berlin, 3/4 December 2012, Rome


Logo IAIThe shared interests, challenges and opportunities of Italy and Germany in strengthening the EU’s profile on the international stage were the topics of this joint expert seminar in Rome. The expert seminar was part of a tradition of seminars organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. The meetings serve as a forum for dialogue between practitioners and academics as well as a trigger for discussion and a platform for new ideas to support the development of the EU towards a strong foreign policy actor.

As recognized by the participants, this seminar took place in a challengiLogo IPEng context for EU foreign policy. They identified a gap between the expectations related to the legal words of the Lisbon treaty, and the real world implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). While the European External Action Service (EEAS) has improved its game over the recent months, the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) did not progress in the same speed as it did in the last decade. All these developments took place against the backdrop of the economic and fiscal crisis that dominates the agenda of the decision-makers and sudden, far-ranging developments in Europe’s neighbourhood.

Hence, it was even more important to ask what common contributions Italy and Germany can make to strengthen the EU’s foreign policy profile. Together with which actors can the two countries provide leadership in the development of a stronger foreign policy? What role can the common institutions play and how can they be reformed to work more effectively? Why did the development of CSDP fall behind its expectations and where are the drivers and obstacles for this policy located in the 27 capitals and in Brussels? How can the double-hatted High Representative (HR/VP) contribute to a new momentum in EU foreign policy? These questions provided a foundation for a rich discussion between the participants, which is covered in this report.

See seminar’s Report for more information.

ASEM seminar on “Asia and Europe in the XXI Century. Challenges of the New Silk Roads”, 30 June 2016, Italian Parliament

IAI50 In cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation established in 1996 to deepen relations between Asia and Europe. In view of the 11th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in July 2016 in Mongolia, the Italian MFA and IAI organise a joint event on 30 June at the Italian Parliament to discuss the outcome of the 9th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP9) held in April and offer useful feedbacks.

The programme of the event is available here.

Please register here.

Recent publications from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring/summer 2016



A New EU Strategic Approach to Global Development, Resilience and Sustainability, by Bernardo Venturi and Damien Helly, (IAI Working paper 16|14) May 2016, 22 p.

The new EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda provide an opportunity for the EU to refresh its global approach to development cooperation. The EUGS could promote resilience through coherence between internal and external policies, in line with the 2030 Agenda. The EUGS could establish a new EU approach to development combining resilience, development and conflict sensitivity. As a multi-diplomacy umbrella document fostering policy coherence, the EUGS will have to acknowledge and encourage a series of adjustments to be made in EU development diplomacy and cooperation to contribute to the universal and transformative SDG agenda.

The publication can be downloaded here.

The New EU Governance: New Intergovernmentalism, New Supranationalism, and New Parliamentarism, by Vivien A. Schmidt  (IAI Working Papers 16|08) May 2016, 16 p.

Contemporary analysts differ over which EU actors are the main drivers of European integration and how they pursue it. “New intergovernmentalists” focused on political leaders’ deliberations in the Council clash with “new supranationalists” centred on technical actors’ policy design and enforcement in the Commission and other EU bodies, while both ignore “new parliamentarists” concerned with the European Parliament. This essay argues that only by considering the actions and interactions of all three main actors together can we fully understand the “new” EU governance and its problems. It uses in illustration the EU’s crises of money, borders and security. The essay also suggests that it is best to think about the future of EU governance not in terms of any hard core but rather as a “soft core” of member-states clustered in overlapping policy communities. It additionally proposes ways of reinforcing EU-level capacity for policy coordination with national-level decentralisation to address problems of democracy and legitimacy.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Europe and Israel: A Complex Relationship, by Giorgio Gomel (IAI Working Papers 16|12) May 2016, 7 p.

There is some degree of ambivalence, mistrust, and even hostility between Europe and Israel. Europeans see Israel on a path of permanent occupation of Palestinian territories. Israel sees the European posture as unbalanced and biased against Israel. Economic and institutional linkages are strong. A further strengthening of relations is however difficult unless a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is reached. For the EU resolving the conflict is a matter of both interests and values. The engagement of the EU can take different forms, in the realm of sticks one may point to legislation concerning the labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and carrots such as the EU offer of a special privileged partnership with Israel. For the Israeli public a clearer perception of the costs of non-peace and the benefits from a resolution of the conflict could help unblock the stalemate and remove the deceptive illusion that the status quo is sustainable.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Civili in missione: l’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione europea, by Alessandro Azzoni and Nicoletta Pirozzi (eds), Roma Nuova Cultura, March 2016, 80 p.

Civilian approaches and instruments are taking on increasing importance in conflict prevention and crisis management. The civilian missions of the European Union have become one of the most significant tools, contributing to the containment or the solution of crises in different areas. This volume offers a useful overview of EU civilian missions and Italy’s contribution to them. The historical background and analysis of institutional and legal aspects provide for a solid understanding of the ongoing dynamics between Brussels and Rome of mission management, the effectiveness and efficiency of the fieldwork, the recruitment and training of personnel, and the future prospect of these types of interventions. The pros and cons of European civilian crisis management are examined and presented in a clear and open manner, together with a list of policy recommendations. The last section of the book addresses young professionals interested in taking part in EU missions, describing the application procedures and the real job prospects for those who aspire to becoming an expert in this field. This book contains the highlights of the debate and summarizes the recommendations of the seminar “Civili in missione. L’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione europea”, held in Rome on 17-18 December 2015 in the framework of the “Farnesina Open Doors” programme. The seminar was organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

The publication can be downloaded here.


Explaining the Crisis of the European Migration and Asylum Regime, By Ferruccio Pastore and Giulia Henry, in The International Spectator, Vol. 51, No. 1, April 2016, p. 44-57

Since 2013, the European migration and asylum regime has entered a phase of crisis, which reveals the deep interdependencies between its different components (including intra-EU mobility) and the unbalanced nature of its normative foundations. This original structural fragility had not fundamentally compromised the overall functioning of the regime until two major exogenous factors (the economic crisis, with its asymmetrical impact on the eurozone, and the wave of political instability and conflicts on the southern shore of the Mediterranean) brought its intrinsic limits to the point of rupture. The ongoing, highly contentious process of reform of the European migration and asylum regime is an unprecedented and crucially important test of the capacity of one the European Union’s key sectors to evolve under pressure and to adapt to a rapidly and deeply changing geopolitical, economic and demographic environment.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring/summer 2016



Is the European Council fit to Govern?”
20 April, Rome


Seminar with Wolfgang Wessels, Director, Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies, University of Cologne, author of the book “The European Council”.

More information about the event is available here.

“The Brexit Vote: Domestic Debate and Global Implications”
11 May 2016, Rome

Seminar with Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics.

The list of speakers is available here.

Migration and Foreign Policies. The Search for a Better European Governance”
12 May 2016, Rome

 Conference within the framework of the New-Med research network.

The programme of the event is available here.

“New Pact for Europe. Rebuilding Trust Through Dialogue”
9 June 2016, Rome

Conference within the framework of New Pact for Europe research project. With the participation of Sandro Gozi, Under-Secretary for European Affairs in the office of Prime Minister.

The programme of the event is available here.

“About Brexit. In or out? And Us?”
13 June 2016, Rome

Conference on the perspectives and consequences of the British referendum of 23 June 2016.

The programme of the event is available here.

“Governing Europe: How to Make the EU More Efficient and Democratic”
16 June 2016, Brussels

Conference within the framework of the Governing Europe project in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo and Open Society European Policy Institute.

The programme of the event is available here.

More information about the project can be found here.


“Italy’s Foreign Policy. Fifty years of the Istituto Affari Internazionali”
23 June 2016, Rome

Debate on the occasion of the launch of the book edited by Cesare Merlini and published by Il Mulino (Working language: Italian, with no translation).

The programme of the event (in Italian) is available here.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2014


A public stakeholders event within the framework of the project New Pact for Europe was organised on 10 March 2014. Within this project, public panel debates have been organized with a broad range of stakeholders in 15 Member States: representatives from civil society, business community, employers’ and trade unions, think tanks and media, policy makers from national, regional and local level. Members of the Reflection Group have participated in these debates that will feed into the reflection. The event in Italy was organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) of Rome in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) of Turin. Please click here to download the conference programme, conference report, first report of the project.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference: Priorities and Challenges of the Italian Presidency 2014

Growth, employment and immigration are at the top  of the agenda of Italy’s EU presidency. IAI with TEPSA have prepared a background paper assessing these and other challenges and presented a series of recommendations to the Italian foreign ministry, 24-25 March 2014, Rome.

Conference series of “The future of the European economy” on: “Quadrare il cerchio nell’Eurozona. Riforme, stabilità finanziaria e sostenibilità fiscale”

With Marco Buti, Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), 26 March 2014. A meeting to talk about Italy and the European Union, economic balance and banking union. The debate has been inspired from the data and information contained in the report of the European Commission on the EU’s economic imbalances, published on March 5. Please click here to download the report, the photos and the interview.

Workshop on “L’Europa e le politiche di migrazione”

Organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Italy within the framework of the project Politically.EU, 31 March 2014, Naples. The deliberation workshop which took place in Naples among national stakeholders has emphasized the need for the EU to adopt an innovative political and cultural approach about immigration, with a prompt change of perspective and with a net reversal of points of view. The programme and the report are available for download.

Presentation of the study “Space, sovereignty and European security. Building European capabilities in an advanced institutional framework” to the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, 1 April 2014, Brussels

A new IAI monograph commissioned by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence offers an analysis of the role of space-based capabilities in supporting the security and defence policies of the EU and its Member States. Please find the monograph here.
Conference on “Energy and Environmental Policies in Post-Crisis Europe”, within the framework of the project “Towards a More United and Effective Europe: Beyond the 2014 European Parliament Elections”, 9 April 2014, Athens. Please find the programme and information on the project here.

Conference on “Turkey and Europe: a multifaceted relationship migration, citizenship and civil society”

Within the framework of the project “Global Turkey in Europe”, in cooperation with German Marshall Fund of the United States, Istanbul Policy Center and Mercator Foundation, 14 April 2014, Berlin. Please find the programme here.

Round table on “L’Italia guarda a Strasburgo: Il Parlamento europeo e il dibattito politico italiano”

In cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo, in the framework of the project “EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014”, 14 April 2014, Turin. Please find the programme, the IAI-CSF report and the project.

Past events at IAI – Summer 2016


26 September, Rome

“Economic Governance in the Euro Area – The Role of the ECB”. Seminar with Benoît Coeuré, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank within the framework of the project The future of the European economy, in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo (working language: Italian).


21 September, Turin

“A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy”. Last June 28 the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini presented to the European Council the new guiding document of the EU external action: the European Global Strategy (EGS). The EGS is looking to be very important for the future of EU foreign policy, not only because it aims to improve the response to the many international crises that surround the Union and it Member States, but also because it offers new opportunities to relaunch the integration process in one of it most challenging moments. The conference is organised with the International Affairs Programme of the Compagnia di San Paolo and in collaboration with the Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) of Turin (working language: Italian).

15-16 September, Rome

German-Italian Strategic Forum on Europe”. This closed-door initiative – in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation – aims to create a regular annual forum to generate and sustain a substantive expert debate that can then feed back into a policy coordination process between Italian and German policymakers.

21 July, Rome

“The Foreign Policy of the Renzi’s Government and the post-Brexit options”. Presentation of the IAI’s report on the Italian foreign policy (working language: Italian).


18 July, Rome

“The British Europe Question and the Future of the United Kingdom”. Seminar with Etain Tannam, Assistant Professor International Peace Studies and Programme Coordinator, Trinity College, Dublin 2.


18 July, Ammam

“Re-Ordering the Middle East?”. Conference within the framework of the New-Med research network

14 July, Rome

Europe’s Strategic Options in the Mediterranean”. The Expert Seminar organised by  IAI in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Italia, discussed the main security challenges in and around the Southern Mediterranean region and Europe’s strategic options in addressing them. It gathered experts and institutional representatives from different European member states.

Past events Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2014


A Conference on “The Impact of US monetary policy on the Euro Area“, with Richard W. Fisher, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was organised on 25 September, Rome.

A Closed-door seminar on “EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation in the Neighbourhood” was organised on 16 September, Rome.

A Seminar on “Serbia’s road to the EU“, with Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU was organised on 22 July, Rome

A Conference on “Tecnologia e innovazione per la difesa europea: riduzione delle spese militari e nuove sfide globali“, in cooperation with Avio Aero was organised on 11 July, Rome.
A video interview is available here.

A Seminar on “Verso una revisione della Strategia EU 2020: scenari ed opportunità future” was organised on 7 July, Rome. The Powerpoint presentation by A. Renda is available here.

A Seminar “The Unfulfilled promise: Completing the EU enlargement to the Balkans“, in cooperation with European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) was organised on 1 July, Rome.

A Seminar on: “Priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the EU“, with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia was organised on 30 June, Rome.

A Conference with L. Tsoukalis su “The Unhappy State of the Union: A new grand bargain for Europe“, in the framework of the series “The future of the European economy” was organised on 30 June, Rome. Click here for the conference video.

A Final conference of the project “Towards a more united and effective Europe” was organised on 27 June, Rome
Click kere for the conference videos, photos and report.
More information about the project can be found here.

The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts in Foreign and Security Policy


22 April 2016
LUISS University, Viale Pola 12, Rome

This international conference – in cooperation with Centre de la Méditerranée Moderne e Contemporaine, LSE !deas, LUISS School of Government, Università di Nizza Sophia Antipolis – is part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Rome’s Istituto Affari Internazionali. Taking IAI’s role as a starting point, we wish to look more carefully at the think tank model and its role: as promoter of a specific foreign and defense policy culture (the philosophy behind the creation of IAI) aimed at spreading greater awareness and knowledge about international relations and defence; as a participant in international networks which represent a form of “parallel diplomacy” and offer the chance to play a direct role in steering government action; in educating and training elites.

More information can be found here.

The programme and the registration form for this event can be downloaded here.

News from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)


IAI will play a lead role as scientific coordinator and group leader in three new research projects funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The projects will analyse current and future trends in EU-Turkey relations, European policy in the Mediterranean region and broader geopolitical developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Each project will last for three years and involve cooperative work with a broad network of research centres and partner institutions from Europe, Turkey and the Middle East and North Africa. Deliverables will include a vast number of new publications, ranging from academic studies to policy papers and edited volumes, and a number of international conferences and workshops held in various locations around the Mediterranean region. The three projects are:

  • The future of EU-Turkey relations: Mapping dynamics and testing scenarios – FEUTURE;
  • A comprehensive, integrated, and bottom-up approach to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean space, remap the region, and reconstruct inclusive, responsive, and flexible EU policies in it – MEDRESET;
  • Middle East and North Africa regional architecture: Mapping geopolitical shifts, regional order and domestic transformations – MENARA.

Further details about each of the above projects can be found on IAI’s website.



Conference on “Governing Europe: How to make the EU more efficient and democratic”
16 June 2016, Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI), Brussels


The Final Conference of the Governing Europe Project took place on Thursday 16 June at the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI), in Rue du Trône 130 – Brussels. The conference featured the presentation of a number of papers on the topic of EU governance, as well as interventions by discussants. The conference was also the occasion for disseminating the project’s findings.

The programme of the conference can be downloaded here.

News from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)


Visit of President Emeritus of the Italian Republic


IAI1Italian senator and President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, visited the Institute to meet with IAI staff and researchers. A former member of IAI’s Executive Committee, Napolitano was briefed on the Institute’s recent activities by IAI president, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, and director Ettore Greco. Napolitano spoke about the current crises affecting the EU, the slowdown in Europe’s integration process, refugee flows and the UK’s referendum on Europe. On these last points, the former president highlighted the important support coming from US president Barack Obama during his recent visit to the UK and Pope Francis, whose activities on the refugee crisis were singled out as worthy of praise.

More information can be found here.