The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) was founded on 11 October 1965 thanks to the initiative of Altiero Spinelli, who became its first Director. IAI is a non-profit organization funded by individual and corporate members, public and private organizations, major international foundations, and through a standing order from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Institute is one of the major Italian thinks tank in the fields of foreign policy, security and defence issues and international political economics. Its international network capabilities are well developed as IAI has strengthened its ties with similar institutes abroad through active participation in a number of international research networks. An independent approach characterises the policy-oriented research which IAI undertakes and traditionally directs at governments, business, international organizations and European institutions, as well as to the public audience through open publications and conferences.
In the realm of international security, IAI has a long standing tradition of studies on defence issues, NATO, non-proliferation, deterrence, arms control, and terrorism. Since 2004 the Security and Defence Department has been active in several European projects, managing the end-user engagement and bringing the main security communities and stakeholders at the same table. IAI often contributes to scenarios drafting within EC and EDA projects, considering the evolution of institutions and policy guidelines for security at EU, NATO and member states level.
Riccardo Alcaro - Researcher
Riccardo Alcaro (Italy) is Researcher at the International Affairs Institute since 2004, in the Transatlantic Relations Department. He is responsible for organizing the annual Transatlantic Security Symposium, and for supervising reports for Italian Parliament on a number of issues of European and transatlantic interest. He has published articles and studies on Iran nuclear programme, nuclear terrorism, WMD, non-proliferation regime, Russia.
Ettore Greco - IAI Director
Ettore Greco (Italy) was appointed Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali in 2008, having been Vice-Director since 1997 and Head of Programme on Central/Eastern Europe and Russia in the mid-1990s. He has also been Editor of The International Spectator, the IAI’s English language quarterly journal, and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He also taught at the University of Bologna. He initiated to study nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation issues in the early 1990s working with WEU Institut d'Etudes de Sécurité (France) and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Germany). He has authored a number of publications on chemical weapon convention OSCE, EU, Russia and Eastern Europe, transatlantic relations.
Alessandro Marrone - Researcher
Alessandro Marrone works as Researcher at the International Affairs Institute since 2007, prior in the Transatlantic Relations Department and currently in the Security and Defence Department. He is also Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the US, and holds a MSc in International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science. He has authored or co-authored studies and articles on security-related research activities and technologies, defence procurement and industry, NATO, European security, transatlantic relations.
Natalino Ronzitti - Scientific Advisor
Natalino Ronzitti is the Chair of International Law at LUISS University in Rome and a scientific advisor for IAI. He has been visiting Fellow and Scholar in Residence at numerous foreign universities, including in the UK, France, US and Egypt. He has been an advisor to the Italian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Defence. He has been also a Member of the Italian Delegation at the 1995 NPT extension and review conference, and legal advisor to the Italian Mission at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. In addition, he has been Arbitrator (alternate) at the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration for twelve years. He is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals. He is either author, editor or co-editor of numerous volumes and articles on International law, International Humanitarian Law, Law of international institutions, including issues such as proliferation of WMD, Treaty of Non-Proliferation, Proliferation Security Initiative, missile warfare and nuclear warheads, arms control, OSCE.
Stefano Silvestri - IAI President
Stefano Silvestri (Italy) is President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) since 2001, prior he was IAI Vice-President and Vice-Director. From these positions, he has been and is involved in a number of research projects regarding defence policy at national, EU and NATO level. He has been also Defence Under Secretary of Italian Government, Consultant of Italian Defence Minister, and Member of the Conseil Economique de la Défense of the French Government. He is also Member of the Board of the Italian Association of Aerospace and Defence Industries (AIAD), of the Trilateral Commission, and of the European Security Research Advisory Board (ESRAB) of the European Commission. He has authored studies on nuclear deterrence, European security and military integration, NATO, transatlantic relations, the Middle East. His professional background covers both the post-Cold War period and the 1980s.