Municipal diplomacy

Today’s global politics are shaped significantly by a number of global cities. They are increasingly active internationally. They develop networks and twinning projects, share information, sign cooperation agreements, contribute to the drafting of national and international policies, provide development aid, enact refugee assistance, and do territorial marketing through city-to-city or district-to-district decentralized cooperation. Cities do what the “comuni” used to do many centuries ago. In some areas, this is particularly evident.

The local world plays an extremely important role in public diplomacy since it can directly shape and promote the international public's image of the country. The Institut forges direct connections with the local world to impact those spheres that help in internationalization and ensure that local entities learn about best practices from abroad.