IAI Defence Programme studies four complementary strands: the policies adopted by governments as well as international institutions and organizations in the defence field; the operational developments and civil-military cooperation; the relevant industrial and technological dynamics; the politico-strategic level of decision-making. Such an integrated approach is unique in Italy. The focus is on both the European context, particularly the EU and European defence, and the Euro-Atlantic one with a particular attention to NATO.
Its team of researchers leads or participates in European research consortia, produces articles, reports and academic publications, organizes public conferences and closed-doors seminars, and it is active in informing and stimulating the Italian and European debate.
The Defence Programme has built up over time a wide and deep-rooted network with policy-makers in Italian institutions (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development, Prime Minister Cabinet, Parliament), EU (European Defence Agency, European Commission, European Parliament) and NATO (NATO Defence College, Allied Command Transformation, NATO Public Diplomacy Division). It has also developed strong relations with various interlocutors in the aerospace, security and defence industry in Italy and Europe.
Established as an autonomous programme in 2018, it conducts its activity in close collaboration with the Security Programme. In doing so, it relies on IAI’s 50 years long tradition of research in the field of security & defence, as well as of interaction with decision-makers and the public.
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