Istituto Affari Internazionali

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Istituto Affari Internazionali
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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, training, 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).[1]


Research focuses on the following thematic areas:

The research staff is made up of nearly 40 researchers, including 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[2]
  • EuroMeSCo (EuroMediterranean Study Commission)[3]
  • ETTG (European Think Tanks Group)[4]
  • New-Med (OSCE New-Med Track II Network)[5]
  • TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association)[6]


  • The International Spectator, a peer reviewed English-language foreign policy quarterly, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)[7]
  • IAI Research Papers and Quaderni IAI, two series of books on problems of international affairs in either English or Italian[8]
  • IAI Papers and Documenti IAI, two series of papers produced within the context of IAI research projects and areas of expertise[9]
  • IAI Commentaries, op-eds on a variety of contemporary issues in Italian and global affairs[10]
  • AffarInternazionali, an Italian language webzine on politics, strategy and economics[11]

In addition, the IAI manages four 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


  1. ^ "IAI Statute" (PDF). Istituto Affari Internazionali. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Council of Councils [1]
  3. ^ EuroMeSCo [2]
  4. ^ ETTG [3]
  5. ^ New-Med [4]
  6. ^ TEPSA [5]
  7. ^ Routledge [6]
  8. ^ IAI Research Papers [7]
  9. ^ IAI Papers [8]
  10. ^ IAI Commentaries [9]
  11. ^ [10]


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