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

  1. 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
  2. now a majority of political science students choose IR over any other subfield
  3. 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.