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, as is evident from the facts that
- the IR section of the SISP annual Conference initially hosted the fewest panels and presentations and has since become the section with the greatest number
- now a majority of political science students choose IR over any other subfield
- the number of international relations articles published every year in the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica accounts for about a third of the total
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.