Multilateral negotiation and diplomacy in Covid-19 era

Workshop syllabus

The workshop organized by IAI aims at providing in depth analysis of the multilateral economic and political instruments that can be implemented by the G20 members to face new challenges represented by Covid-19 pandemic and to understand the negotiation and the diplomatic mechanisms. The workshop will be structured into two days: firstly, seminars and briefings will be delivered by expert speakers, focusing on geopolitical and economic issues on multilateralism and on the main issues addressed in the G20 summit. During the second day, a role-play simulation will be conducted to apply theories, concepts and scenario analysis debated during the seminars and briefings of the first day. The simulation’s goal will be the composition of a document, agreed by all the Member States in the summit. A background guide and detailed studies will be distributed to the students before the simulation, in order to prepare them for the workshop activities.

Instructors' bio profiles

  • Fabrizio Botti is Senior Fellow in the field of economics and finance at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Intesa Sanpaolo Fellow. He is also Research Fellow at Guglielmo Marconi University where he teaches Economics and Economics of Real Estate Markets. He is core member of “Minerva - Laboratory on Gender Diversity and Gender Inequality” at the Department of Statistics of Sapienza University of Rome. Previously he was Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of Economics and Politics of University of Cambridge and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for African Studies of Florida University.
  • Alessia Chiriatti is Head of the IAI’s Educational programme and researcher at the Institute for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa Programme. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of “The International Spectator” and COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). She is also mentor for GEM-Diamond (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network Joint Doctorate). She collaborates with the University of Padua on the Ex-POST ID project (Experts and Politicians in Science and Technology in Italy for a preventive multilateral diplomacy). Former professor of International Relations and Global Politics at the University of Perugia, she is teaching assistant of Contemporary History at LUISS Guido Carli. She obtained her PhD in 2014 with a thesis on Turkish foreign policy at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, where she was also a research fellow in Political Science and International Relations. Her research interests include: Turkish foreign policy, diplomacy, negotiation techniques and active learning in international relations.
  • Ettore Greco is Executive Vice President of the IAI and also Head of the Multilateralism and Global Governance programme of the institute. He was also Director of the IAI from 2008 to 2017. He worked as visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution from January 2006 to July 2007. He taught at the universities of Parma and Bologna. From 2000 to 2006 he worked as correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 1993 to 2000 he directed the IAI's programme on Central and Eastern Europe. He was also Deputy Director of the IAI from 1997 to 2008. From 2000 to 2006 he was Editor of The International Spectator. He is the author of a number of publications on the EU's institutions and foreign policy, transatlantic relations and the Balkans. He has been a free-lance journalist since 1988.


The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) was founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli, and is currently among the most influential think thanks in Italy and Europe. The Institute's main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications. The Institute participates in major research networks and develops research activities on very many topics: EU, politics and institutions, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Security, Defence, and Space,  Global Actors, Mediteranean and Middle East, Multilateralism and global governance, Energy, climate and resources, Italy's Foreign Policy. The Institute coordinates and participates in several research projects, organizes series of conferences in Italy and abroad, and publishes working papers, journals, and newsletters (such as The International Spectator, OrizzonteCina, and AffarInternazionali). The Istitute overviews students' internship programmes.
SIS and IAI signed a Partnership Agreement: the agreement aims at fostering the collaboration between the respective researchers, develop common projects and research programs, cooperate in teaching and dissemination activities, increase the educational opportunities of the SIS students.

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