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A brief history of SGRI

The Standing Group on International Relations (SGRI) of the Italian Society of Political Science (SISP) was created in 2004, following a proposal by Luigi Bonanate, Umberto Gori, Fulvio Attinà, Luciano Bardi and Filippo Andreatta. This followed a decision taken by SISP in 2003, which aimed at creating thematic groups inside the Association to provide a means of collaboration between scholars specializing in the same research area.

Since its foundation, SGRI has played a key role in fostering scientific research on international politics issues in Italy. Until 2008, SGRI was co-chaired, by Umberto Gori and Filippo Andreatta. From 2008 to 2013, the Group’s two co-president was Umberto Gori and Alessandro Colombo. Since 2013 the Group’s two co-presidents are Fulvio Attinà and Vittorio Emanuele Parsi.


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 at the European College Foundation, in collaboration with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the financial support of the Compagnia di San Paolo. On that occasion, participants were asked to discuss topics like the evolution of CFSP, the role and powers of the European Parliament in the field of EU security policy and the evolution and accountability of EU institutions in the field of foreign policy.

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».

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.  

 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 featured a keynote speech by Pierre Hassner (Sciences-Po) and by General Giuseppe Cucchi (then-Secretary General of Cesis). The Conference’s program, with a detailed list of all papers discussed, can be found here.

 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 (ASERI - Catholic University of Milan) and were divided in two workshops, focused on «Major Powers and Global Governance» and «The evolution of the War». The Conference’s detailed program can be found here.

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 seven different panels and two 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 6th SGRI Conference (20th – 22nd June, 2013) on «Regional Orders in the XXI Century» was held in Trento, at the Bruno Kessler Foundation. The Conference, which was attended by more than 70 professors, researchers and PhD Students, hosted seven panels (35 papers presented in total) and 4 lectures by Bertrand Badie (Sciences Po), Ted Hopf (NSU Singapore), Patrick Morgan (University of California at Irvine, USA) and Leonardo Morlino (Luiss, Italiy). Some of the papers have been collected in an edited volume published by Fbk-Press.

 The 7th SGRI Conference (27th – 28th June, 2014) on «Security and Cooperation in a Changing International System» was held for the third time at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento. The Conference hosted about five panels (20 papers presented in total) and four lectures by Stefano Recchia (Cambridge University), Pascal Vennesson (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies - Singapore), Louise Fawcett (University of Oxford) and Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies). Further information on the SGRI 2014 Conference can be found here.

The 8th SGRI Conference (26th-27th June, 2015«Disentangling Subsystem Dynamics. The Search for Peace and Cooperation» was held for the fourth time at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento. In addition to being one of the largest SGRI conferences ever – more than 100 attendees, 10 panels and over 50 paper presentations – the conference featured numerous plenary sessions and book presentations, including lectures by Alessandro Pansa (former CEO of Finmeccanica) and a roundtable with Fulvio Attinà (University of Catania), Osvaldo Croci (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Christopher Hill (Cambridge University) and Manuela Moschella (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa). Further information on the SGRI 2015 Conference can be found here.

The 9th SGRI Conference (23rd-25th June, 2016«Exploring Foreign and Security Policy in International Relations» was held for the fifth time at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento. The Conference hosted seven panels (about 30 papers presented in total), 4 plenary sessions and 2 book presentations, including a lecture given by Enrico Letta (Dean - Paris School of International Affairs - Sciences Po) and two rountables with 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), Stefano Recchia (University of Cambridge), Richard Devetak (University of Queensland), Alessandro Pansa (former CEO of Finmeccanica),  Francesco Profumo (President of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler), Giampiero Massolo (President of Fincantieri) and Antonino Alì (University of Trento). Further information on the SGRI 2016 Conference can be found here.

The 10th SGRI Conference (June 29-July 1, 2017) «International Politics Facing Technological and Social Upheavals» was held for the sixth time at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento. The Conference hosted five panels (about 20 papers presented in total) and, for the first time, an IP LAB & Eurac Research Joint Workshop on "Institutional Solutions to Conflict" held in Bolzano. The Conference also featured several plenary sessions and a keynote Speech given by Steven Miller (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs). Further information on the SGRI 2017 Conference can be found here.

The 11th SGRI Conference (October 12-13, 2018) «The brave new world of IR? Technological changes, geopolitical shifts and the challenge to mainstream approaches» was held for the second time in Bologna, at the Department of Political and Social Sciences The Conference hosted ten panels (about 40 papers presented in total). The Conference also featured several plenary sessions and, for the first time, a Pierre Hassner Lecture given by Joe Grieco (Duke University). Further information on the SGRI 2018 Conference can be found here.