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 Statute, Article 1).
The Institute participates in major research networks:
- Council of Councils
- D-10 Strategy Forum
- European Policy Institutes Network (Epin)
- European Security Forum
- European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC)
- SERIT - Security research in Italy
- The International Spectator, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Journals)
Bi-monthly journal on contemporary China, in Italian
Italian-language webzine on politics, strategy and economics
- IAI Research Papers and Quaderni IAI
Brief monographs on emerging issues and trends of international politics and international relations
- IAI Working Papers and Documenti IAI
Concise analytical and/or policy-oriented analysis of topical issues in Italian, European and global affairs
- IAI Commentaries
Short, thought provoking opinion pieces tackling a variety of contemporary issues in Italian and global affairs
The library, founded in 1965, contains more than 27,000 volumes and 110 current periodicals, and is open to all.