TheTorino World Affairs Institute(T.wai) is a non-profit, independent research institute operating in the fields of area studies, global politics and security studies.
Located in Torino, capital city of the Italian northwestern region of Piedmont, T.wai is closely connected to the core ofEurope.The Institute was founded in 2009 through a start-up grant of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Italy’s largest banking foundation, which to this day remains T.wai’s strategic partner.
T.wai’s mission is to conduct policy-oriented research with a strong theoretical basis, strengthen international networking through research, disseminate knowledge, and support tertiary education and high-level professional training in the field of international affairs.
Torino’s cultural milieu has been renowned since the Renaissance for having generated talents of high caliber: the likes of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Antonio Gramsci, Norberto Bobbio and several Nobel laureates carried out their studies in this Alpine capital. T.wai prides itself of this legacy, and upholds it by fostering a young, vibrant community of researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
T.wai regularly hosts speakers from around the world for a rich programme of events, such as the TOChina Summer School, the ChinaMed Business Program and the Engaging Conflict Summer School, and conferences, often organized in partnership with the local University of Torino and other institutions part of the TOChina System. The Institute also publishes the leading Italian language e-journals OrizzonteCina, RISE (Relazioni Internazionali del Sud-Est Asiatico), and Human Security, which cover issues ranging from Chinese and South East Asian international relations and political economy, to the different aspects of contemporary conflict studies. Besides, the Institute publishes policy-oriented T.notes in English, which offer concise analyses of critical issues in current international affairs.
T.wai’s name echoes a peculiar “Torino way” of doing things. It points to a sober though passionate way of leveraging local resources to address global challenges by channeling creativity into innovative projects toward substantial outcomes.
T.wai’s research agenda is structured around three Programs:
1. Global China: assessing the impact of China’s re-emergence on international political/economic dynamics and global governance in the current age of power diffusion. The ChinaMed project is part of this research Program;
2. Changing World Politics: investigating the actors, rules, dynamics and narratives that shape politics at aglobal level;
3. Violence & Security: exploring emerging trends in transnational security, from the rise of non-state actors to force privatization.