IAI - Istituto Affari Internazionali



President: Ferdinando Nelli Feroci
Director: Nathalie Tocci

EuroMeSCo “liaison officer”: Silvia Colombo


General Statement
A non-profit organization, IAI was founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli, its first director.
The Institute aims to promote understanding of international politics and contribute to the world’s advancement towards forms of supranational organization.
The Institute pursues three main objectives: research, training and the dissemination of knowledge.
In recent years, the Institute has worked on 35-40 research projects per year and organised 70-80 conferences and seminars yearly.
Recently, the IAI has also become an important center for youth training in the field of international studies thanks to various internship and scholarship programs.
Particular effort is dedicated to the dissemination of research results. To this end, the IAI has constantly promoted and developed an ongoing flow of information towards social and political actors, the business community and public administrations involved directly or indirectly in the management of international affairs.
Publications include a yearbook on Italian foreign policy, an English-language quarterly published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis, UK), a web-magazine (www.affarinternazionali.it), two series of books (IAI Quaderni and IAI Research Papers) in Italian and English, occasional monographs published by either Italian or foreign publishing houses, research reports (Documenti IAI and IAI Working Papers).

Areas of work
EU institutions & policies; EU & Neighbourhood; Security and Defence; International Political Economy; Mediterranean and Middle East; Transatlantic Relations; Italy’s foreign policy.

Objectives of the Euromed/Middle East programme(s)
Alongside European and Atlantic affairs, the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme has been among the first research programmes to be developed at the Institute and dates back to its foundation in 1965. The Programme reflects the perception in Italy that regions south of Europe are a factor influencing national as well as Western security and contributing to shape the process of European integration.
The Programme pursues two main goals:
• Analysing political, social and economic developments in Mediterranean and Middle East countries per se and as southern dimensions of Western and European security.
• Establishing a network of creative and dynamic relations with the institutions and the main academic figures within the region.
In 2010 IAI held the Secretariat of EuroMeSCo. Today it is a member of the Steering Group of the network.

Membership to other networks
The Institute is an active participant in – and has sometimes even been a promoter of – important transnational research networks, e.g.:
- Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission - EuroMeSCo Network
- Trans European Policy Studies Association - TEPSA
- European Policy Institutes Network - EPIN
- CSDP Mission Analysis Partnership - CSDP MAP

Practical information
Via Angelo Brunetti, 9
00186 Rome
Website: http://www.iai.it/en
Phone: +39 06 3224360
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