Contemporary international politics shows many signs of transformation. The international system is more turbulent and multifaceted than it was during the whole XX century. The US is redefining its role in the world; China has launched a global initiative that could allow it to complete its transformation from economic giant to real hegemon; Russia is increasingly active in its neighbourhood and in the Middle East, vigorously reclaiming the role of great power. In this unstable situation, long-standing international organizations seem to have lost grip and even the European Union is going through a long and deep crisis. Several authors openly talk about the fall of the liberal order and advance interpretations that stress links between the current features of international politics and the domestic politics of many Western countries. If many states, including the major powers, are going through turbulent times, contemporary international politics is also marked by the growing importance of non-state actors and transnational flows. We have now become accustomed to the fact that most contemporary armed conflicts involve non-state actors fighting states locally in civil wars or fighting transnationally through terrorist attacks. Huge private companies and economic flows heavily influence international politics and the domestic politics of many countries, causing tensions in various parts of the world. Even individuals are increasingly at the centre of international politics, mainly due to the massive flows of refugees and migrants, which have been growing for years.

What is the role of Italy in contemporary international politics? Which options are available for Italy’s foreign policy? What are the major risks and opportunities? Italy is directly involved in many of the dynamics mentioned above, mainly for geopolitical reasons. It is therefore crucial to identify its current position in the stormy seas of contemporary international politics and understand its possible contribution.

This special issue of IPS – Italian Political Science welcomes papers that take into account the role of Italy in XXI century’s international politics or address the links between Italian domestic politics and international politics. We welcome theoretical as well as empirical studies, with no preference for any specific methodological approach. The focus will be on Italy although comparative studies are welcome too. We invite interested contributors to submit papers with particular (but not exclusive) attention to the following issues:

  • Italy and the MENA region
  • Italy and international migrations
  • Italy and UN peacekeeping missions
  • Italy and the US
  • Italy and China
  • Italy and Russia
  • Italy and the EU
  • Italy in the international organizations
  • Italy in contemporary international political economy
  • Italy and the terrorist threat
  • Italy and cyberwarfare
  • Italian defence policy

Expressions of interest can be sent to the Special Issue guest editor Stefano Costalli ( The selected papers will be submitted for peer review.

Papers can only be submitted electronically through the online submission system available on the journal website.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 31 March 2020.