SGRI Conference Series

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. A complete list of participants can be found here.

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 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). 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 (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 will be 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.