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The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts in Foreign and Security Policy

April 22, 2016 at 9:00

Sala delle Colonne Viale Pola, 12

Conference organised with IAI on the occasion of its first 50 years of research activities.

09:45 - Registration

Welcome speech and opening remarks:

  • Vincenzo Amendola, (Sottosegretario di Stato del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale)
  • Jean-Pierre Darnis (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis)
  • Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS)
  • Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (IAI)

09:45 - First session: Think tanks shaping the international agenda?

Key Note and Chair: Jim McGann, (Upenn) 

  • Gregory Alegi (LUISS): “The origin of Policy by Other Means - The Moral Hazard of Think Tanks”
  • David Cadier (Finnish Institute of International Affairs): “From Epistemic Communities to Advocacy Coalitions: The Role of Think Tanks in Shaping National and European Discourses on Russia”
  • Carolina De Stefano and Serena Giusti (SSSA): “Forging Policies Towards Russia: is the Carnegie Moscow Center an Effective Prototype”
  • Kristina Eichhorst (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung): “The role of the political foundations in Germany and their impact on Germany's Foreign Policy”
  • Silvia Menegazzi (LUISS): “The global business of ideas: a comparative assessment of the think tanks model in China, US and the EU”
13:00 Buffet Lunch

14:00 - Second Session: A Specific Role for Think Tanks in Europe? 

Key Note and Chair: Michael Cox (LSE)

  • Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré (LUISS/King’s College)
  • Erin Montague (King’s College) and Benedict Wilkinson (King’s College): “Bridging the Gap Between Academic Excellence and Actionable Policy: an EvidenceBased Approach on Britain’s Defence Industry”
  • Antonio Calcara (LUISS): “The Role of National Network of Experts in the European Defence Agency: an Empirical Analysis”
  • Matthieu Chillaud (Université de Montpellier): “The French ‘Method’ by Trial and Error to Promote and Support Think Tanks. Why does France Shilly-shally?”
  • Olivier Schmitt (University of Southern Denmark): “Institutional Context and Policy Influence: The Think Tank Circuits in France and Denmark”
16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Third Session: “The case of IAI and Italy”

Key Note and Chair: Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS)

  • Frédéric Attal (Université de Lille): “The Italian Institute of International Affairs First Years: the Spinelli’s Directorship”
  • Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmith University of London): “From Intellectual Project to Think-Tank: the Origins of The Istituto Affari Internazionali, Its Continuity and Discontinuity”
  • Federico Niglia (LUISS): “The Intellectual Debate on Italian Foreign and Defence Policy 1965-2015”
  • Mattia Diletti (Università di Roma- La Sapienza): “"Think tank mania. An assessment of the Italian think tank environment after the Cold War"
  • Jean-Pierre Darnis (UNS) and Alessandro Marrone (Università di Roma- La Sapienza): “A Think Tank as a Foreign and Security Policy Actor, the IAI Case” As discussant:

As discussant: Roberto Aliboni (IAI’s Scientific Advisor on Mediterranean and Middle East)