Country: Italy Italy

Director: Nathalie Tocci


Contact: IAI Information


The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) is a private, independent non-profit think tank, founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli. IAI seeks to promote awareness of international politics and to contribute to the advancement of European integration and multilateral cooperation. Its focus embraces topics of strategic relevance such as European integration, security and defence, international economics and global governance, energy, climate and Italian foreign policy; as well as the dynamics of cooperation and conflict in key geographical regions such as the Mediterranean and Middle East, Asia, Eurasia, Africa and the Americas. IAI publishes an English-language quarterly (The International Spectator), an online webzine (Affarinternazionali), three book series (Global Politics and Security, Quaderni IAI and IAI Research Studies) and some papers’ series related to IAI research projects (Documenti IAI, IAI Papers, etc.).

The research staff is made up of nearly 45 researchers. 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:

  • Council of Councils
  • D-10 Strategy Forum
  • ASviS (Alleanza italiana per lo sviluppo sostenibile)
  • The Think 20 (T20)
  • Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA)
  • European Think Tanks Group (ETTG)
  • Cluster CBRN-P3 (Preparare, Prevenire, Proteggere)
  • EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium
  • Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission – EuroMeSCo
  • European Think Tanks Network on China
  • IMG-S: Integrated mission group for security
  • SERIT – Security research in Italy
  • Tana Forum

IAI Senior Researcher and Head of Institutional Relations Nicoletta Pirozzi is a member of the TEPSA Board.

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