ISPI- Institute for International Political Studies
Founded in 1934, ISPI is one of the oldest and most prestigious international relations institutes in Italy, with its headquarters in Palazzo Clerici, Milan.
It is a private law association, granted the status of non-profit-making body in 1972, and operates under the supervision of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Where the management is concerned, it is under the control of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the State Auditors’ Court.
ISPI’s scientific output has always been distinguished by a sound pragmatic approach, based on monitoring the various geo-political areas and interpreting the major trends in progress on the global scene, so as to provide political and economic operators with reliable information and guidance. Its interdisciplinary nature is guaranteed by the close collaboration of specialists in economics, politics, law, history and strategic studies (from both academic and non-academic circles) and by partnerships with prestigious institutions and research centres all over the world.
The Institute’s activities branch out in four major directions: research (divided into Programs and Projects on specific geo-political areas or transversal themes), publications, career training and organization of events..
The public served is traditionally wide ranging: from students to representatives of the political and cultural world, from members of public administrations, international bodies and non-governmental organizations to the business community (who are still major interlocutors as well as important supporters of the Institute).
In particular, ISPI has become the institute that makes the biggest contribution in Italy to forming tomorrow’s diplomats (over 20% of those admitted to the diplomatic career in the last 5 years are from ISPI) as well as young people wishing to work in international organizations, both governmental and non-governmental. ISPI stimulates debate on current affairs in the global scenario (every year over 1,600 students are involved in its training activities and 20,000 people take part in the events, organized especially in Milan, Turin and Rome). ISPI is moreover a major source of information and assistance for companies and institutions that intend to widen their horizons abroad, proposing material and organizing meetings on a specialist, ad hoc basis. .