The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank providing leading research and viable policy options to government officials, business executives and the public at large wishing to better understand international issues. Founded in Milan, Italy, in 1934 thanks to the support of a group of businessmen led by Alberto Pirelli, founder of Pirelli S.p.A., ISPI has always adopted a pragmatic approach in analyzing geographical areas and topics of particular interest to Italy and Europe.

ISPI is the only Italian Institute – and among the few in Europe – combining policy-oriented research with an equally significant commitment to education and training, to conferences and advice on international trends for businesses, Institutions and the wider audience. Its work features an inter-disciplinary approach and partnerships with leading think tanks and universities from all over the world.

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Research and Publications

ISPI carries out first-hand and policy-oriented research, providing analysis and drawing scenarios on international political and socio-economic trends and dynamics. ISPI’s wide range of print and online Publications are aimed at bringing our experts’ research findings, analysis and comments on topical international issues both to selected audiences of scholars, policymakers, business people, and to the wider audience. All of ISPI’s publications are widely disseminated through ISPI website, social media channels, newsletters, and national/international radio and TV networks.

Research activity at the Institute is organized by Centres (AsiaCybersecurityEurope and Global GovernanceBusiness ScenariosMiddle East and North AfricaRadicalization and International TerrorismRussia, Caucasus and Central AsiaInfrastructure) and Programmes (AfricaEnergy SecurityGlobal CitiesLatin AmericaMigrationReligions and International RelationsTransatlantic Relations). Specific Country Desks are devoted to China, India and Iran. Visit our Experts page


Political leaders, journalists, officials from international organizations, experts, diplomats and business people meet and discuss at ISPI’s events, both in Italy and abroad. The Institute organizes about 130 roundtables, forums, seminars and workshops every year, bringing together over 10,000 people. Visit the Events Page

ISPI School

ISPI has been providing a wide range of training courses since 1950, focusing on international relations, European affairs, development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Today, the Institute offers two postgraduate masters: one designed for young graduates who want to enter Italy’s Diplomatic Service, and one for all those wishing to engage in international cooperation and development. The ISPI School also offers short courses for graduates and students, as well as training programs specifically targeted to the business community, professionals and public Institutions. Visit the ISPI School page


In the most prestigious worldwide ranking provided by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, ISPI is among the top think tanks in the world and ranks 2nd and 3rd worldwide, respectively, in the categories “Best Think Tank Conference” (Rome MED) and “Best Collaboration among Think Tanks” (after Brookings Institution and Atlantic Council).