Istituto Affari Internazionali (Project Coordinating Institution)
Istituto Affari Internazionali, founded in 1965 by Altiero Spinelli as a
non-profit organisation, is Italy’s major international affairs research
centre, as well as being the Italian research institute with the most developed
international network capabilities. The Institute’s mission is to promote the
understanding of international relations through inter-disciplinary and
policy-oriented research and meetings. Its main areas of interest are: Italian
foreign policy, European integration and external relations, transatlantic
relations, the Mediterranean and Middle East, international security and
international political economy. IAI participates in or coordinates numerous
research projects, several of which have been financed by the Commission
(MICROCON, EU4SEAS, MERCURY, MEDPRO, CORE, EU-US, TRNSWORLD, POWER2YOUTH). IAI
regularly organises dissemination events, including conferences, workshops and
guest lectures, and disseminates research results through regular publication
outlets including its peer-reviewed English-language journal (The
International Spectator, Routledge), its on-line magazine
(AffarInternazionali.it), its yearbook (L’Italia e la Politica
Internazionale, il Mulino), its monographs (IAI Quaderni) and its working
paper series (DocIAI). IAI’s research activities are supported by the library
containing over 24,000 volumes/periodicals, with approximately 1,000 new
acquisitions per year catalogued on-line.
Persons involved in
M. Cristina Paciello, POWER2YOUTH coordinator, is senior fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the International Affairs
Institute (IAI) and adjunct professor at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice
(Political Economy of Islamic Countries and Economic Policies of Arab
countries). As a political economist with knowledge of Arabic, she has
conducted extensive research on the Middle East and North Africa for several international
institutions. She received her MSc in Development Studies from SOAS in London and
her PhD in Political Economy of Developing Countries from the University of
Florence. Her recent publications have focused on analysis of socio-economic
policies in the post 2011 uprising phase in Egypt and Tunisia.
Daniela Pioppi, POWER2YOUTH coordinator, is senior fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the International Affairs Institute (IAI, Rome) and associate professor of contemporary history of Arab countries at "L’Orientale" University of Naples. Her main research interests are comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Trained as an Arabist and a political
scientist (MA Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS, University of London; PhD in Political Science, University of Pisa), she is the author of one monograph, several edited volumes and numerous peer-reviewed articles, academic and policy papers and chapters in edited volumes. She has coordinated several international projects.
Colombo is research fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East
Programme of the International Affairs Institute (IAI, Rome). She is an expert
on Middle Eastern politics and in this capacity she is working on
Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, transatlantic relations in the Mediterranean and
domestic and regional politics in the Arab World. Among her research interests
there are also the relations between the European Union and the countries of
the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics
from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Florence Branch) and a Master's
Degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and
African Studies (SOAS) in London.
is research fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the International Affairs
Institute (IAI, Rome). She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Free
University of Berlin. Her research interests include EU and US foreign policies
in the Middle East and North Africa, democracy promotion and democratizations,
the European neighbourhood, and Israel/Palestine. She has worked for the
Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tel Aviv and Berlin and as a Carlo Schmid Fellow
at the United Nations in Copenhagen.
Renata Pepicelli is research fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the International Affairs Institute (IAI, Rome). She holds a Ph.D in 'Geopolitics and cultures of the Mediterranean” (Sum – Federico II, University of Naples). From 2008 to 2014 she had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna. In 2014 she got the scientific qualification as Associate Professor in the field “Cultures of Near East, Middle East and Africa” (National Italian procedure). Dr Pepicelli is an expert on Islamic Studies and Gender Studies. She focuses her research on MENA region and Europe, with a special emphasis on the recent evolution of Islamist movements/parties.
Other persons involved in the research team
at IAI are: Nathalie Tocci, IAI’s Deputy Director, Andrea Dessì, a researcher at the Mediterranean-Middle East programme of the
institute and Professor Laura Guazzone,
senior associate of the institute.
tasks attributed to IAI
of WP1, WP6, WP8, WP9