The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) was founded on 11 October 1965
on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli, its first director.
In 1991 the Institute moved to Palazzo
Rondinini, an elegant eighteenth century Baroque building in the heart of Rome,
where the main activities organized by the Institute take place.
A non-profit organization, the IAI is funded by individual and corporate members,
public and private organizations, major international foundations,
and by a standing grant from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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 Bylaws, Article 1).
The Institute participates in major research networks:
La politica estera dell'Italia, il Mulino, Bologna
Yearbook on Italy's foreign policy and international affairs
The international spectator, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Journals)
Italian-language webzine on politics, strategy and economics
IAI Research Papers and
Brief monographs on emerging issues and trends of international politics and international relations
IAI Working Papers and
Concise analytical and/or policy-oriented analysis of topical issues in Italian, European and global affairs
The library, funded in 1965,
contains more than 25,000 volumes and 270 current periodicals, and is open to all.