The Istituto Affari Internazionali (I.A.I.), founded on 11 October 1965, is one of the major Italian think tanks in the fields of foreign policy, security and defence issues and EU affairs.
An independent approach characterises policy-oriented research of the I.A.I. S&D Programme at the crossroad of four strands: the policies adopted by national and international institutions and organizations in the security and defence field; the relevant industrial and technological dynamics; the operational developments in the military and civil security areas; the politico-strategic interaction in the Euro-Atlantic framework. This represents a unique expertise in Italy.
The S&D Programme has developed a long experience on EC-funded projects, already since the Sixth Framework Programme through the Seventh one up to Horizon 2020. At the same time, the Institute has performed research activities for the European Defence Agency, the European Parliament, the European Space Agency, NATO and various Italian and foreign actors, both public e private ones.
In several EC-funded project S&D Programme has developed a significant expertise in organizing and bringing security end user and stakeholders communities into technological projects and in managing feedback collected in workshops / interviews in compliance with the classification and confidentiality rules set by the EC.