Publications from the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), April-May 2015

Global Turkey in Europe III. Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU, by Senem Aydın-Düzgit et al. (ed.) (IAI Research Papers Mo.19) June 2015, 285 p.

Global Turkey in Europe’s third volume sheds light on four key areas in EU-Turkey relations: foreign relations, democracy, the Kurdish question, and economic and trade issues. Building on its two preceding collective volumes, Global Turkey in Europe III intends to contribute to a comprehensive discussion on shaping a common Turkish-European future with an eye to key domestic, regional, and global challenges and opportunities facing both the EU and Turkey.


Creating a Union with a “Human Face”: A European Unemployment Insurance, by Daniele Fattibene (IAI Working Papers 15|13) May 2015, 17 p.

A European Unemployment Insurance (EUI) for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) would be a feasible and effective tool to cushion the impact of asymmetric shocks. It would have had a deep stabilisation effect during the last recession, stimulating aggregate demand and reducing the pressure to cut fiscal stabilisers in a pro-cyclical way (the so called “race-to-the-bottom” effect). Fiscal, institutional, legal and statistical problems can be tackled, without reducing the generosity of the scheme. If implemented the EUI would finally give a “human face” to the EU integration process, with policies that have a far-reaching impact in the everyday lives of the EU’s citizens.


European Muslim: Caught between Local Integration Challenges and Global Terrorism Discourses, by Anna Triandafyllidou (IAI Working Papers 15|15) May 2015, 15 p.

After the positive vibrations that the Arab Spring sent around Europe in 2011, today we are witnessing a reversal of that positive trend. The escalation of violence and insecurity in the region is sending shock waves across Europe and North America. Negative vibrations have been acutely felt in Europe, not only with the Charlie Hebdo events in Paris, but also in relation to the so-called foreign fighters question. Several thousand young people – mostly men but also women –, a tiny, albeit dramatically visible, part of the European Muslim community – some of whom are second-generation migrant youth of Muslim origin, while others are young converts – have joined ISIS forces in Syria to fight a jihadist war. My aim in this paper is to argue that, while the weaknesses and tensions of integration policies exist and may have intensified since the start of the new century, the seeds of minority Muslim youth recruitment in Europe has more to do with today’s global-local connections rather than with failed integration.

Paper produced within the framework of the New-Med Research Network, May 2015.


Boosting TTIP Negotiations: A Value Chain Approach, by Alessandro Giovannini and Umberto Marengo (IAI Working Papers 15|18) may 2015, 25 p.

Despite renewed commitment from both sides for a quick and successful conclusion of the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the process has partially lost momentum. Europe should not lose this opportunity. This paper intends to offer a new prospective for the EU on how to look at TTIP negotiations and boost them. By using a trade-in-value-added approach, the paper provides useful indications to the negotiating parties in order to focus on those areas which are really able to deliver much-needed economic benefits. TTIP negotiations should mainly be focused on reducing cost and improving logistics along the production chains of the firms that have production lines across the Atlantic.

Paper prepared for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and presented at the international conference on “The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” organised by the IAI in partnership with the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development, ITA-Italian Trade Agency and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Rome, 26 February 2015.


Which Role Should the EU Play in International Relations? Understanding the Post-Lisbon Foreign Policy at Times of Change, by Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré (Documenti IAI 15|07) may 2015, 10 p.

Which role should the EU play in international relations? Two workshops were organized jointly by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the LUISS School of Government (SOG) in Rome on March 2nd and April 14th 2015, with the aim of discussing and providing an answer to this question. The two seminars were attended by scholars, EU practitioners and representatives of think tanks and led to fruitful and dynamic discussions with LUISS students. This paper is the product of the joint project and intends to provide a complete picture of and insight into the issues and proposals raised at the meetings.


The International Spectator, Vol. 50, No. 2, June 2015

With a special core of essays on Turkey’s uncertain political trajectory and Modi’s India, the June issue of IAI’s International Spectator includes a free article on Russia’s Middle East policy.