The IAI was founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli as a non-profit organization. It is Italy’s major research centre in the fields of international politics, security and economy, 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 inter-disciplinary and policy-oriented research, meetings and publications. It belongs to the several European and transatlantic networks. Its main areas of interest are: Italian foreign policy, European integration, the Mediterranean and Middle East, transatlantic relations, international security and international political economy. With respect to the Mediterranean, in 1994, the Institute has played a pivotal role in establishing and developing the Mediterranean Study Commission (MesCo) known today as EuroMesCo. IAI was MEDPRO Partner and took the lead in the analysis of Euro-Mediterranean relations in the field of Geopolitics and Governance.
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