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Conference

The annual Conference of the Italian Standing Group on International Relations is a two-day session that brings together scholars, researchers and PhD students from Italian academia to discuss issues related to global politics, international security, foreign policy, international political economy and international theory.

The 2024 Conference will be held in Parma, on 20-21 June, in collaboration with the SISP Standing Group on Political Theory . The event is sponsored by the University of Parma and by the Italian Political Science Association.

SGRI Annual Conferences

2004

The 1st SGRI Conference (26th-27th March, 2004) on «Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Role of the European Parliament» was held in Parma, in collaboration with the Institute for International Affairs of Rome (IAI) and the financial support of the Compagnia di San Paolo. Among participants were: Ettore Greco (IAI), Marco Clementi (University of Pavia), Vincenzo Cannizzaro (University of Macerata), Marta Dassù (Director of Research, Aspen Institute Italia), Sonia Lucarelli (University of Bologna), Francesca Longo (University of Catania), Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (Catholic University of Milan), Udo Diedrichs (University of Cologne), Luciano Bardi (University of Pisa), Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (London School of Economics), Jean Penders (Leiden University), Esther Barbé (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Philippe Moreau Defarges (Ifri, Paris), Elfried Regelsberger (Iep, Berlin), Cesare Azzali (European College of Parma), Filippo Andreatta (University of Parma), Pier Virgilio Dastoli (EU Commission), Giovanni Salimbeni (EU Parliament), Elmar Brok (Mep), Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania), Mathias Jopp (Iep, Berlin), Enrico Letta (Arel, Italy), Marisa Lino (Johns Hopkins University), Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Stefano Sannino (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Valdo Spini (Rosselli Foundation).

In 2006, SGRI contributed to the organization of a Lectio Magistralis given by Professor Christopher Hill (University of Cambridge), during the SISP Conference held at the University of Bologna, titled: «The Study of International Relations in Italy: potentialities and future perspectives».

2007

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The 2nd SGRI Conference was held on July 13th 2007 at Alma Graduate School (Bologna) with the financial support of Alenia Aeronautica. On that occasion, the meeting took the form of a one-day workshop; participants were asked to discuss a statement made by then-Italian Minister of Defence, Arturo Parisi, on «The lack of a culture of defense in Italy». The Conference was organized around 4 panels, chaired by Anna Caffarena (University of Turin), Alessandro Colombo (University of Milan), Angelo Panebianco (University of Bologna) and Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (Catholic University of Milan). Final remarks were made by Minister of Defense Arturo Parisi and by then-President of the SISP, Fulvio Attinà. Among other participants were: Stefano Silvestri and Gianni Bonvicini (Director, IAI), Alessandro Minuto Rizzo (Nato Deputy Secretary General), Alessandro Campi (University of Perugia), Filippo Andreatta and Michele Chiaruzzi (University of Bologna), Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (London School of Economics), Umberto Gori (University of Florence), Elisabetta Brighi (University of Oxford), Raffaele Marchetti (LUISS) and Fabio Petito (SOAS).

2008

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The 3rd SGRI Conference (27th – 28th June 2008) on «The Transformation of the International System after the End of the Cold War» was held at the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro (FC), thanks again to the financial support of Alenia Aereonautica. More than 25 young Italian researchers and PhD students discussed their research papers in 4 panels, which were chaired by Filippo Andreatta (University of Bologna), Marco Clementi (University of Pavia), Alessandro Colombo (University of Milan) and Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (Catholic University of Milan). The meeting was opened by two distinct introductory remarks made by General Giuseppe Cucchi (then-Secretary General of Cesis), and Giliberto Capano (Dean of the Faculty of Political Science “R.Ruffilli” – Forlì).

2009

The 4th SGRI Conference on «Politics, Economics and Strategy: Continuity and Change in the International System» was held in Milan on November 19th, 2009. The meeting was introduced by a roundtable discussion at the Faculty of Political Science, which was chaired by Alberto Martinelli (University of Milan) and involved Filippo Andreatta (University of Bologna), Alessandro Colombo (University of Milan), Jens Bartelson (Lund University), Gu Guoliang (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Bejing), Fedor Luk’janov (Director of Russia in Global Affairs Journal, Moscow) and Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (Catholic University of Milan). Then participants moved to the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations (Catholic University of Milan) and were divided in two workshops, focused on «Major Powers and Global Governance» and «The evolution of the War».

2012

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The 5th SGRI Conference (13th – 14th July, 2012) on «The Transformation of the International System after the End of the Cold War: International Relations’ Theory 20 Years after Bipolarity» was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The meeting hosted 7 different panels and 2 roundtables discussions: the first was on «Political Science and International Relations in Italy» and involved Leonardo Morlino (President – International Political Science Association), Sergio Fabbrini (Director, Luiss School of Government), Luca Verzichelli (Editor, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica), Giliberto Capano (Editor, Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche) and Alessandro Colombo (Chairman, Standing Group on International Relations). In the second roundtable, a number of eminent international scholars such as Pierre Hassner (Sciences-Po), Christopher Hill (University of Cambridge), Josef Grieco (Duke University),  Theodore Hopf (Ohio State University) and Jakub Gryiegel (Johns Hopkins University) convened to discuss «Peace and War in the XXI Century». The Conference was introduced by a presentation of the new Fbk Project on «International Politics and Conflicts Resolution» (Fbk-CeRPIC), directed by Filippo Andreatta, which involved Massimo Egidi (President, FBK), Alessandro Minuto Rizzo (Former Deputy SG of NATO), Luigi Bressan (Archibishop of Trento) and Lorenzo Dellai (President, Trento Autonomous Province).

2013

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The 6th SGRI Conference (20th – 22nd June, 2013) on «Regional Orders in the XXI Century » was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The meeting hosted 7 different panels and three plenary sessions (two plenary lectures and one roundtable). The first plenary lecture, titled «Korea: Changes? Or Changes!» was given by Pat Morgan (University of California at Irvine); the second was titled «Common-sense Constructivism and Hegemony in World Politics» and featured Ted Hopf (National University of Singapore) as a keynote. The roundtable was titled «Comparative Politics and International Relations: converging or diverging?» and involved Simona Piattoni (University of Trento), Bertrand Badie (Centre d’études et de recherches internationales, Sciences Po) and Leonardo Morlino (LUISS Guido Carli of Rome). In total, 34 papers have been presented during the conference. For the first time, a Social Dinner was organized in Castel Pergine (Trento) on the night of June 21.

2014

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The 7th SGRI Conference (27th – 28nd June, 2014) on «Security and Cooperation in a Changing International System» was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The meeting hosted 5 panels of 4 to 6 papers grouped around the following topics: International Political Economy, East Asia Politics, the World in 2035, Civil Wars and Italian Defense Politics. The conference featured three plenary lectures given by Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, USA) on «The Primacy of Ancient History», Stefano Recchia (Cambridge University, UK) on «Soldiers, Civilians, and Multilateral Humanitarian Intervention» and Pascal Vennesson (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore) on «Strategic Thought and International Relations Theory». In total, 22 papers have been presented during the conference. The Social Dinner was held at Castel Toblino on the night of June 27th.

2015

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The 8th SGRI Conference (26th – 27nd June, 2015) titled «Disentangling Subsystem Dynamics. The Search for Peace and Cooperation» was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The selected papers have been organized into 10 Panels of 4 to 12 papers, grouped around several topics. In addition to being the largest SGRI conferences at that time – more than 100 attendees from all over the world gathered to attend over 50 paper presentations – the conference featured numerous plenary sessions: a lecture given by Alessandro Pansa (University of Bologna and Luiss “Guido Carli” – Rome) on «Technological Change and International Relations» and a roundtable titled «Italy’s Foreign Policy in Times of Global Transformation, Economic Crisis and European Opacity», featuring Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania), Osvaldo Croci (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Christopher Hill (Cambridge University) and Manuela Moschella (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa).  

2016

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The 9th SGRI Conference (23rd – 25th June, 2016) titled «Exploring Foreign and Security Policy in International Relations» was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The selected papers have been organized into 7 Panels of 3 to 6 papers (more than 30 presented). The conference featured two plenary roundtables: the first was on Classical Italian International Thought and was chaired by Richard Devetak (University of Queensland) involving Marco Cesa (University of Bologna and Johns Hopkins University), Matteo Giglioli (SAIS Johns Hopkins University – Bologna Center), Jakub Grygiel (SAIS Johns Hopkins University – Washington DC) and Stefano Recchia (University of Cambridge); the second roundtable on «Security and Technological Innovation» was chaired by Antonino Alì (University of Trento) and involved Alessandro Pansa (University of Bologna and LUISS Guido Carli – Rome), Francesco Profumo (President of the Bruno Kessler Foundation) and Giampiero Massolo (President of Fincantieri). The last day of the conference, Enrico Letta (Dean – Paris School of International Affairs – Sciences Po) gave a keynote speech on Europe in the World.

2017

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The 10th SGRI Conference (June 29th – July 1st, 2017) titled «International Politics Facing Technological and Social Upheavals» was jointly organized in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation, and in Bolzano/Bozen at Eurac Research. The meeting hosted five different panels (about 20 papers presented) and two FBK-Eurac joint plenary workshops on «Institutional solutions to conflict» held in Bolzano: the first workshop involved Francesco Palermo (Eurac), Jens Woelk (University of Trento and Eurac), Elisabeth Alber (Eurac); the second featured Emanuele Castelli (University of Parma), Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna), Massimo Morelli (Bocconi University Milan) and Stefano Recchia (University of Cambridge). The keynote speech titled «Are We Entering an Era of Nuclear Instability?» was given by Steven Miller (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs)

2018

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The 11th SGRI Conference (October 12th – 13th, 2018) titled «The brave new world of IR? Technological changes, geopolitical shifts and the challenge to mainstream approaches» was held at the University of Bologna. The meeting hosted 10 panels (39 papers presented in total) and three plenary sessions: a roundtable chaired by Filippo Andreatta (University of Bologna) on «Persone e Mondi», involving Angelo Panebianco (University of Bologna), Alessandro Colombo (University of Milan Statale), Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (Catholic University Milan), a “Pierre Hassner Lecture” given by Joseph Grieco (Duke University) on «The Schools of Thought Problem in International Relations» and a rountable on European Defence chaired by Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna) titled «Beyond CSDP: Reframing European Defence Studies» and involving Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genova), Sonia Lucarelli (University of Bologna), Hugo Meijer (European University Institute) and Bernardo Venturi (Istituto Affari Internazionali – Rome).

2019

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The 12th SGRI Conference (13rd – 15th June, 2019) titled «Global Politics in the Era of Disruptive Technologies. New Scenarios in an Old World?» was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The meeting hosted 18 panels (59 paper presented in total) and three plenary sessions: a keynote speech by Roberto Battiston (University of Trento) on «Space Economy, a window to the future», a “Pierre Hassner Lecture” given by Pascal Vennesson (RSIS – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) titled «Not Strategic Enough: the Limits of Grand Strategy» and a plenary lecture by Madeline Carr (University College London, United Kingdom) on Global Security and Emerging Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges in the Forth industrial Revolution».

2021

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The 13th SGRI Conference was held online (because of the Covid pandemic) through a webinar series from June 2021 to January 2022. The first three webinars were organized by the Sapienza University (“The Contestants of the US-led International Order”), the University of Catania (“Why the Global North and the Global South do not meet in the Mediterranean) and the University of Bologna (“Pluralism or disorder? The international order and the “decline” of the West”) on June 8th, 18th and 28th, 2021 respectively. The fourth webinar was jointly organized by the University of Pavia, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the University or Parma and featured a keynote speech by Richard Caplan (Oxford University) on “Measuring Peace” (October 8th, 2021). The last event on “Geopolitics and International Relations” was organized by the Sant’Anna School (Pisa) and featured two roundtables on January 13-14, 2022.

2022

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The 14th SGRI Conference (June 16th-17th, 2022) was organized by the University for Foreigners of Perugia. The meeting hosted 6 panels (22 papers presented in total) and 4 plenary sessions: a keynote speech by Richard Caplan (Oxford University) on Challenges for Multilateralism in a Pre-Post-Covid World, a roundtable on “International relations in the Italian universities”, chaired by Federica Guazzini (University for Foreigners of Perugia) involving Valerio De Cesaris (Rector, University for Foreigners of Perugia), Alessandro De Pedys (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Raffaele Marchetti (Pro-Rector, Luiss University of Rome “Guido Carli”), Francesca Longo (Pro-Rector, University of Catania), Maurizio Oliviero (Rector, University of Perugia), Maurizio Tira (Rector, University of Brescia) and Luca Verzichelli (Pro-Rector, University of Siena), a roundtable titled “Qualcuno all’ascolto? Analisi politologica, dibattito pubblico, decisione politica, chaired by Emidio Diodato (Università per Stranieri di Perugia), with Filippo Andreatta (University of Bologna), Alessio Lasta (La7), Sonia Lucarelli (University of Bologna), Massimiliano Panarari (Università Telematica Mercatorum) and Alessandro Marrone (Istituto Affari Internazionali) and a roundtable on Political Thought and International Relations, chaired by Alessandro Campi (University of Perugia) and Michele Chiaruzzi (University of Bologna) with Marco Cesa (University of Bologna), Gabriella Silvestrini (University of Piemonte Orientale), Damiano Palano (Catholic University of Milan) and Angelo Panebianco (University of Bologna).

2023

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The 15th SGRI Conference (June 15th-16th, 2022) was organized by the University of Catania. The meeting hosted 11 panels (50 papers presented in total) and three plenary sessions: a keynote speech by Pinar Bilgin (Bilkent University) on “Globalizing International Relations”, a roundtable on Geopolitics of East Asia, chaired by Emidio Diodato (University for Foreigners of Perugia) with Matteo Dian (University of Bologna), Giuseppe Gabusi (University of Turin), Silvia Menegazzi (LUISS), Giulia Sciorati (University of Trento), and Stefano Pelaggi (Sapienza University of Rome) and a final speech by Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania) on “Contemporary World Politics And Complexity. Beyond A General Systems Theory”.