The Institute for International Affairs (IAI )


The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli as a non‐profit organization, is Italy’s major research centre in the fields of international politics and security as well as being Italy’s research institution with the most developed international network capabilities. The main objective of the Institute is to promote an understanding of international relations through interdisciplinary and policy‐oriented research, meetings and publications. Its main areas of interest are: Italian foreign policy, European integration, the Mediterranean and Middle East, transatlantic relations, international security and international political economy. IAI’s staff consists in 35 members, including 10 senior researchers, 12 researchers and 13 administrative personnel.


IAI has highly‐developed networks with research and policy institutes. It belongs to the following networks: EINIRAS (European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies), EU-CONSENT, ISN (International Relations And Security Network), TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association), the Transatlantic Editors’ Forum, and has been a founding member of EuroMesCo and currently hold the EuroMesCo Secretariat. The Institute’s research activities are supported by the library, which was established in 1965, containing over 24,000 volumes and periodicals, with approximately 1,000 new acquisitions per year catalogued on‐line. In the context of its research activities, IAI regularly organizes dissemination events, including national and international seminars and conferences and lectures by foreign and Italian guest speakers. The Institute disseminates its research results through regular publication outlets including its English‐language journal (The International Spectator, peer‐reviewed, Routledge), its online magazine (, its yearbook (L’Italia e la Politica Internazionale, Il Mulino), its monographs (IAI Quaderni) and its working paper series (Documenti IAI), in addition to the articles and books published by external Italian and foreign publishers.



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