Istituto Affari Internazionali

IAI (Italy)

The International Affairs Institute (IAI) is an independent think tank, founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli. IAI aims to promote the understanding of international politics and international relations and to contribute to the advancement of European integration and multilateral cooperation through conferences, seminars, publications and training.  It is the leading Italian study centre on defence and security but its scope also encompasses EU issues, international economics and global governance, energy, climate and Italian foreign policy as well as the dynamics of cooperation and conflict in the Mediterranean and Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The institute provides advice to governmental institutions and collaborates on a regular basis with the European Union, NATO and the OSCE. It takes part in several European, regional and global research networks.

Contact information

Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI

Via Angelo Brunetti, 9
00186 Roma

Tel: +39 06 3224360



Points of contact

Ettore Greco  
+39 06 3224360 – 21

Federica Dall’Arche
+39 06 3224360 – 52

The team

Name, Surname, contact Resume Speciality/Research Focus
Nathalie Tocci


Nathalie Tocci is Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, on behalf of whom she wrote the European Global Strategy and is now working on its implementation, notably in the field of security and defence.

Previously she held research positions at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy, Washington and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence. Her research interests include European foreign policy, conflict resolution, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Her major publications include: Framing the EU’s Global Strategy, Springer-Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (author); The EU, Promoting Regional Integration, and Conflict Resolution, Springer-Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (co-editor);  Turkey and the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (co-author); Multilateralism in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2013 (co-editor), Turkey’s European Future: Behind the Scenes of America’s Influence on EU-Turkey Relations, New York University Press, 2011 (author); and The EU and Conflict Resolution, Routledge, 2007 (author). Nathalie is the 2008 winner of the Anna Lindh award for the study of European Foreign Policy.



Middle East

CFSPEU external relations


Amb. Carlo Trezza

Scientific Advisor

Ambassador Trezza chaired the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in New York. He was Italy’s Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. He coordinates the Italian ELN (European Leadership Network) group. Carlo Trezza joined the Italian Foreign Service in 1970, serving in Zambia, Israel and Germany, before returning in 1981 to Rome to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Political Department. In 1984, he was posted to Madrid as the First Counsellor. In 1989 he became the Head of the Press and Information Section of the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, a post he held for three years. From 1992 until 1996, he served as Head of the European Security and Disarmament Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, followed by a year in the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Arms Control



Natalino Ronzitti

Scientific Advisor

Natalino Ronzitti is Emeritus Professor of International Law at LUISS University (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. Proliferation of WMD

Missile warfare

Treaty of Non-Proliferation

Arms control

Law of the Sea

Jean-Pierre Darnis

Scientific Advisor

Jean-Pierre Darnis is scientific advisor at IAI. He is associate professor at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and coordinates their masters degree programme in “Languages and International Affairs – France-Italy relations”. He is head of IAI’s new “Tech-Rel” programme (Technology & International Relations) which explores the policy challenges of new technologies and how they are changing and impacting global society. He has also developed specific research projects at IAI on Italy-France relations. Previously head of the IAI “Security, Defence, Space” programme at IAI, he has held teaching positions at the École Militaire Supérieure, the University of Saint Etiennne, LUISS University in Rome, Sciences Po and the Nato Defence College. He was the recipient of a fellowship from ISPI in Milan and won a post-doctoral Lavoisier fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He earned his degree from the University of Toulouse and spent a period abroad at Milan’s Università Cattolica. In 1997 he completed a PhD in Humanities at the University of Paris X Nanterre and in 2012 earned the “habilitation à diriger des recherches” (HDR) at the University of Grenoble-Stendhal. He is a contributor to the Italian newspaper Il Foglio, member of the editorial committee of the journal Cahiers de la Méditerranée and member of the Centre de la Méditerranée Moderne et Contemporaine (CMMC) research unit. France Defence industry

Italy’s foreign policy

Italy’s military policy Space Technologies

Ettore Greco

Executive Vice President

Ettore Greco is Executive Vice President of the IAI and also heads the Italy’s foreign policy and the Multilateralism and global governance programmes of the institute. He was also Director of the IAI from 2008 to 2017. He worked as visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution from January 2006 to July 2007. He taught at the universities of Parma and Bologna. From 2000 to 2006 he worked as correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 1993 to 2000 he directed the IAI’s program on Central and Eastern Europe. He was also Deputy Director of the IAI from 1997 to 2008. From 2000 to 2006 he was Editor of The International Spectator. He is the author of a number of publications on the EU’s institutions and foreign policy, transatlantic relations and the Balkans. He has been a free-lance journalist since 1988. UE


Nuclear deterrence


Transatlantic relations

Italy’s foreign policy

Riccardo Alcaro

Research coordinator; Head of the Global Actors Programme

Riccardo Alcaro is Research Coordinator and Head of the Global Actors Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali. His main areas of expertise include transatlantic relations, with a special focus on US and European policies in Europe’s surrounding regions. Riccardo has been a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe of the Brookings Institution in Washington and a fellow of the EU-wide programme European Foreign and Security Policy Studies (EFSPS). Riccardo holds a PhD from the University of Tübingen. His recent publications include Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and, as co-editor, The West and the Global Power Shift (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). Iran


Transatlantic relations


Federica Dall’Arche


Federica joins IAI and its “Multilateralism and Global Governance” program, focusing on Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and on Gender in International Security. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in Political Science at the University of Roma Tre, and winning a full merit scholarship for an exchange program at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Federica obtained her Master’s degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California. In 2014, she won the Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize for best MIIS paper on Human Trafficking and concluded an internship at the Asian-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a U.S. Department of Defense academic institute. She was the recipient of the United Nations Security Council Monitor Fellowship at the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), as well as the Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Fellowship at Pacific Forum – CSIS, Center for Strategic and International Studies. She also worked at Deloitte UK, and as Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), at the William Tell Coleman Library, and as a free-lance collaborator for the online magazine Non-Proliferation


Treaty of Non-Proliferation

Nuclear Safety and Security

International Security


Andrea Dessì


Language Editor

Andrea Dessì is researcher within IAI’s Mediterranean and Middle East programme and PhD candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include the history and politics of the wider Middle Eastern region with a particular focus on U.S. foreign policy towards the Arab world and the diplomatic and military history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has conducted internships with the Associated Press (AP) in Rome and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) in East Jerusalem. A graduate in Middle Eastern history and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, he has completed a Master in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Fluent in English and Italian, he holds a working knowledge of Spanish. Algeria


Middle East


US foreign policy

Conflict resolution