China’s Belt and Road: a Game Changer?
ISPI Report
10 May 2017

Officially announced by president Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has since become the centrepiece of China’s economic diplomacy. This report, edited by Alessia Amighini, provides an in-depth analysis of the BRI, its logic, rationale and implications for international economic and political relations.

G7 and Africa: Innovation - Background note
10 May 2017

What does innovation mean for Africa today?

There has been much talk about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR) and its impact on the global economy. The basic idea is that the new wave of technological innovation would not only shift the production possibility frontier through substantial gains in total factor productivity, but would also radically alter consumption, communication, and social organization patterns.

G7 and Africa: Food Security - Background note
10 May 2017

What does food security mean for Africa today?

Obama at ISPI
09 May 2017

We are glad to share with you that we had the honour of hosting Barack Obama at ISPI on the occasion of his visit to Milan yesterday. It was his first foreign trip after the end oh his presidential term. President Obama met with ISPI senior management and was also greeted by researchers and staff.

"G7 & Africa", ISPI promotes the 2017 Think Tank 7
03 May 2017

Within the framework of the G7 “engagement groups”, on May 5 the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry will host the Think Tank 7, which will involve top representatives and experts from G7 and selected African think tanks.
The meeting, organized by ISPI, will focus on Africa and will address three main issues related to the Agenda 2030: food security, innovation and mobility.

Russia and "Information Warfare": A New Foreign Policy Strategy?
06 February 2017

Propaganda and communication campaigns as tools to pursue foreign policy goals are anything but a new phenomenon.

The Future of Global Governance in a Changing International Landscape
06 March 2017

Medium and long–term trends seem to converge at an unprecedented pace: from weak economic growth to demographic decline in mature economies; from growing inequalities to the rise of populism and nationalism, to the changing nature of conflicts. All this will make global governance and cooperation harder, fundamentally altering the global landscape. How, and to what extent, will rising powers challenge the international liberal order? Which is the possible impact within states in terms of tensions between governments and societies?

Asia’s New Regionalism(s): The Good, the Bad and the Future. A View from Japan
01 March 2017

In recent years, regional integration and cooperation in Asia have gained new momentum, driven by regional organizations (ASEAN) and by the creation of mega Free Trade Areas. All this in the context of a rising India in the international trade and China’s ascent as a global leader with its own regional agenda. While the EU is going through a severe identity crisis, Asia’s new outburst of regionalism attracts much attention.

The Age of Uncertainty. Global Scenarios and Italy
ISPI Report
09 March 2017

Last year’s events further exacerbated and focused global attention on the same uncertainties already weighing on the past decade: from Brexit, and the ensuing uncertainty about the future of the UK-EU relations, to the ever-growing success of populist and nationalist movements across Europe; from the unnerving paralysis of the international community on the war in Syria to the new wave of terrorist attacks in Europe; from renewed political and economic crises in pivot countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Turkey to Donald

Latin America at a Crossroads - ISPI Report
ISPI Report
01 March 2017

Latin America is at a crossroads. The “golden age” inaugurated with the turn of the new millennium seems a faint memory. Economies that had grown at a steady pace are now slowing down, while some are in freefall. Politically, the “pink tide” of populist movements is now ebbing. And this ‘great transformation’ is precisely what this volume is all about.

Countering violent terrorism in Europe: a common strategy?
27 January 2017

Local radicalization processes and the flow of fighters between Europe and the Middle East have had a major impact on European security.

EU Commissioner Malmström and Italian Minister Calenda in ISPI
27 January 2017

EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda joined a lunch talk organized by ISPI and the EU Commission Representation in Milan on November 18. During the event, top representatives of the Italian business community, politicians and members of the civil society discussed the future scenarios for international trade and the risk of new protectionist policies, with a view to the incoming Trump presidency.

Rome MED, 2nd Best Think Tank Conference in 2016
27 January 2017

Rome MED is the second "Best Think Tank Conference" in the world in 2016 according to the Think Tank Ranking. The event, organized by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and ISPI, gathered over 500 leaders in business, politics and culture from 55 countries. Participants included: John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov, Boris Johnson, Paolo Gentiloni, Giorgio Napolitano and Federica Mogherini.

Why Think Tanks are more important today
27 January 2017

In a context of growing uncertainties, fears and misleading information and data, Think Tanks are key to provide accurate, objective information and analysis. They are also required to link business community, civil society and political leaders, and suggest new and viable policy options for crucial issues, from migration to conflicts, to economic crisis.

"Europe 2017. Make It or Break It?", Policy Brief
Policy Brief
23 January 2017

In a crucial year for the future of the EU, ISPI - together with SoG and SEP (LUISS) - have jointly produced the Policy Brief "Europe 2017: Make It or Break It?". The paper is authored by Franco Bruni (ISPI), Sergio Fabbrini (SoG) and Marcello Messori (SEP).

Beyond Trump. Populism on the Rise
20 December 2016

Recent political events – from Trump’s election to the outcome of the Brexit Referendum - have somehow caught the world by surprise, and are contributing to a growing sense of concern or even alarm about the future of the Western world and, particularly, Western democracies as we know them.

Leaving the Storm Behind: Ideas for a New Mediterranean
04 December 2016

The Report is meant to launch new ideas to “leave the storm behind” and design a positive agenda for the future building on experts’ insights and policy suggestions. The volume is enriched by infographics and maps depicting the main regional trends. The goal of the Report is not to delve exhaustively into all the questions and the issues that concern the region and on which its future depends, but to provide in-depth insights and to formulate concrete proposals.

"South Africa. The Need for Change"
03 November 2016

Two decades after the end of the apartheid regime, Africa’s southernmost state faces multiple political, economic and social challenges. A lackluster growth performance is compounded by mounting corruption and political turbulence, as well as by the frustration of many ordinary citizens who expected much more rapid social and economic improvement.

Populism on the rise. Democracies under challenge?
11 October 2016

Donald Trump’s Republican presidential nomination and the Brexit have shocked and somehow caught by surprise the entire world. A growing sense of concern or even alarm is now spreading across Western countries and is putting traditional democratic processes to the test.