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Research Programmes

IAI's research activity focuses on thematic areas/topics but without a rigid subdivision as a tribute to the criterion of interdisciplinarity. Researchers are asked to pursue interdisciplinary analysis of international events and their implications for Europe and Italy:


EU, politics and institutions
Head of the programme: Nicoletta Pirozzi
Research team: Luca Barana, Matteo Bonomi, Federico Castiglioni, Luca CinciripiniNona Mikhelidze, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Asli Okyay;
Cornelius AdebahrEleonora Poli, Bernardo Venturi (associate fellows); Michael Werz (scientific advisor)

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Past projects include work on Balkans, Caucasus, Turkey, Ukraine


global-actors Global actors
Head of the programme: Riccardo Alcaro
Research team: Beatrice Gallelli, Aurelio InsisaNona Mikhelidze;
Gabriele Abbondanza, Tiziano Breda, Nicola Casarini, Dario Cristiani, Diego Maiorano, Giulio Pugliese (associate fellows)

Ongoing projects include work on: US and the AmericasAsia, and Russia



Med&MO Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa
Head of the programme: Maria Luisa Fantappiè
Research team: Luca Barana, Alessia Chiriatti, Giulia Daga, Akram Ezzamouri, Ettore Greco, Asli Okyay, Darlington Tshuma, Francesco Vigneri
Silvia ColomboBernardo Venturi (associate fellows); Daniela Huber (scientific advisor)

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Ongoing projects also include work on Africa



Head of the programme: Federica Di Camillo
Research team: Ottavia Credi, Maria Vittoria MassarinNicolò MurgiaKarolina Muti, Michele Nones, Paola Tessari; Vincenzo Camporini and Stefano Silvestri (scientific advisors)

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Past projects include work on Space



Head of the programme: Alessandro Marrone
Research team: Elio CalcagnoOttavia Credi, Maria Vittoria Massarin, Nicolò MurgiaKarolina Muti, Michele Nones, Gaia Ravazzolo; Vincenzo Camporini, Salvatore Farina; Stefano Silvestri (scientific advisors)

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Past projects include work on Space



Energy Energy, climate and resources
Head of the programme: Margherita Bianchi
Research team: Lorenzo Colantoni, Pier Paolo Raimondi, Alessio SangiorgioNicolò Sartori (associate); Luca Franza, Marco Giuli, Valeria Termini and Michael Werz (scientific advisors)

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Multilateralism and global governance
Head of the programme: Ettore Greco
Research team: Fabrizio Botti, Manuel Herrera, Federica Marconi, Francesca Maremonti, Paola Tessari; Nicola Bilotta, Daniela Fattibene (associate fellows);Franco Passacantando (scientific advisor)

Ongoing projects include work on: international political economy, global governance and Non-proliferation and disarmament



Italian-foreign-policy Italian foreign policy
Head of the programme: Leo Goretti
Research team: Ettore Greco, Ferdinando Nelli FerociFilippo Simonelli

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In recent years, the Institute has worked on 100 projects each year, and organised more than 100 conferences and seminars per year, both in Italy and abroad.

All projects are carried out in cooperation with other Italian or foreign institutes, or within the context of research networks with a broad geographical range (European, regional, transatlantic and global).

The IAI currently takes part in over a dozen international networks ranging cross various sectors of research: global governance, the new international order, security, European policy and – geographically – China, India, the Mediterranean, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

An increasing number of activities are carried out in conjunction with international institutions. In addition to the European Commission, the IAI has strengthened links with NATO, EEAS, ESA, EDA, OSCE and the European Parliament.

Collaboration with national institutions is also intensive and continuous. In particular, each year the Institute launches a dozen or so joint undertakings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. There are also important collaborative undertakings with various other ministries, the Bank of Italy and the Parliament.