Istituto Affari Internazionali

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Istituto Affari Internazionali
Abbreviation IAI
Formation 1965
Type Foreign policy think tank
Headquarters Via Angelo Brunetti, 9
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci
Vice Presidents
Ettore Greco (Executive), Vincenzo Camporini, Fabrizio Saccomanni
Nathalie Tocci

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) (English: Institute of International Affairs) is an Italian non-profit organization 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 Center, 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 organization, distinct from university institutes and governmental or ministerial research centers, yet capable of inter-acting and cooperating with the government, the public administration, national economic actors and foreign academic centers. These are still the 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 organized 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 organization, democratic freedom and social justice (IAI Statute, Article 1).


Research focuses on the following thematic areas:

  • Institutions and policies of the European Union
  • Turkey and EU neighbourhood
  • Security and defence
  • Transatlantic relations
  • The Mediterranean and the Middle East
  • International political economy
  • Energy
  • Asia
  • Italian foreign policy

The research staff is made up of 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:

  • Council of Councils[1]
  • EuroMeSCo (EuroMediterranean Study Commission)[2]
  • EPIN (European Policy Institutes Network)[3]
  • New-Med (OSCE New-Med Track II Network)[4]
  • TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association)[5]


  • The International Spectator, a peer reviewed English-language foreign policy quarterly, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)[6]
  • IAI Research Papers and Quaderni IAI, two series of brief monographs on problems of international affairs in either Italian or English[7]
  • IAI Working Papers and Documenti IAI, two series of papers produced within the context of IAI research projects and areas of expertise[8]
  • AffarInternazionali, an Italian language webzine on politics, strategy and economics[9]

In addition, the IAI manages seven websites:

  • the IAI's official website
  • the site of the webzine by the same name
  • Medreset: site on the relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean
  • Menara: site on the Middle East and North Africa
  • Power2Youth: site on Mediterranean youth
  • Sharaka: site on the relations between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
  • Transworld: site dedicated to the role of the transatlantic relationship in the global governance architecture


  1. ^ Council of Councils [1]
  2. ^ EuroMeSCo [2]
  3. ^ EPIN [3]
  4. ^ New-Med [4]
  5. ^ TEPSA [5]
  6. ^ Routledge [6]
  7. ^ IAI Research Papers [7]
  8. ^ IAI Working Papers [8]
  9. ^ [9]


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  • Diletti, Mattia (2009). I think tank (in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino. pp. 112–113. ISBN 978-88-15-13058-7. 
  • Graglia, Piero S. (2010). "Altiero Spinelli e la genesi dello IAI: il federalismo, il gruppo de 'il Mulino' e la dimensione internazionale del lavoro culturale". In Preda, Daniela. Altiero Spinelli e i movimenti per l'unità europea (in Italian). Padova: Cedam. pp. 245–278. ISBN 978-88-13-29110-5. 
  • Graglia, Piero S. (2008). "Nuovi spazi: l'avventura dello Iai". Altiero Spinelli (in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino. pp. 445–470. ISBN 978-88-15-12162-2. 
  • McGann, James G. (2016). 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (PDF). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  • Merlini, Cesare (1986). "Altiero Spinelli and the founding of the IAI". The International Spectator. 21 (3): 3–5. doi:10.1080/03932728608456590. 
  • Merlini, Cesare, ed. (2016). La politica estera dell'Italia. Cinquant'anni dell'Istituto Affari Internazionali (in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino. ISBN 978-88-15-26599-9. 
  • Pasquinucci, Daniele (2000). "Un seminario di intellettuali politici: l'Istituto affari internazionali". Europeismo e democrazia. Altiero Spinelli e la sinistra europea (in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino. pp. 231–240. ISBN 978-88-15-07745-5. 
  • Pasquinucci, Daniele (1996). "Altiero Spinelli consigliere del principe: la lotta per la federazione europea negli anni sessanta" (PDF). Digips Working papers (in Italian) (23): 11–16. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  • Spinelli, Altiero (1976). "AS.C.A-04: Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)". Historical Archives of the European Union (in Italian). Florence: European University Institute. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  • Spinelli, Altiero (1989). Edmondo Paolini, ed. Diario europeo 1948-1969 (in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino. ISBN 978-88-15-01981-3. 
  • Spinelli, Altiero (1992). Edmondo Paolini, ed. Diario europeo 1970-1976 (in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino. ISBN 978-88-15-03760-2. 

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