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Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

Deputy Director for Research and Senior Research Fellow in European Affairs: Pol Morillas
E-mail: pmorillas[at]

CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, is Spain’s oldest international relations think tank. Since 1973 it has been an important reference in information and policy-oriented research in international issues. It is an independent, non-partisan centre funded by a variety of local, national and international public and private actors. CIDOB currently holds the 16th position out of 125 in the category of best think tanks in Western Europe, and 5th out of 105 of the “Think Tanks to Watch” of the annual University of Pennsylvania survey.

Among CIDOB’s areas of expertise are Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, with a particular focus on issues such as regionalism, international migration, intercultural dialogue, development and human security. On European issues, CIDOB focuses on raising awareness of the integration building process, the EU’s dialogue with neighbours and other regions, and the future of the EU.

CIDOB has implemented its applied research in several EU funded projects. It has coordinated several FP7 projects: EU4SEAS, ATLANTIC FUTURE and SAHWA. It has also coordinated the Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) 2015 update. CIDOB currently coordinates the H2020 project MENARA, which analyses the drivers of change for the regional order in the Middle East and North Africa and the implications of those geopolitical shifts for Europe. CIDOB also participates as a partner in four other H2020 projects that aim to rethink the Euro-Mediterranean relations (Med-Reset), the future of the relations between Turkey and the European Union (FEUTURE), the Common European Asylum System (CEASEVAL) and Europe’s external action (EU-LISTCO). CIDOB is a member of a consortium conducting a six-year project on refugee integration policies throughout Europe (NIEM). 

In addition, CIDOB is a member of leading research networks such as the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN), the European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS), the Euro Mediterranean Security Cooperation (EUROMESCO), and the International Studies Association (ISA).

ELCANO Royal Institute, Madrid

Senior Analyst for Europe: Ignacio Molina
E-mail: imolina[at]
Analyst on European Affairs: Salvador Llaudes
E-mail: sllaudes[at]

The Elcano Royal Institute is a think tank specialised in international and strategic studies conducted from a Spanish, European and global perspective.

Its goal is to promote knowledge of the current international situation and of Spain’s foreign relations, as well as to provide a focal point for debating and generating ideas that may prove useful in the decision-making processes of political office-holders, the leaders of private enterprises and public institutions, social actors and academics.

The overall concern is to be a meeting point for the exchange of ideas and the search for consensus in a spirit dominated by the defence of democracy, multilateralism, the social market economy, freedom and human rights.

Created in 2001 as a private foundation, the Elcano Royal Institute’s organisational structure balances public and private interests and fosters the exchange of ideas in a plural and independent environment, providing the scope for diverse political and social outlooks.

The Institute’s work appears in the form of a wide variety of publications and reports, which are freely accessible via its website and blog. It also organises working groups, seminars and conferences. In order to enhance its presence and influence abroad it participates in numerous international networks and projects.

The Elcano Royal Institute’s research is structured along thematic and geographical lines. The former includes –among others– energy and climate change, security and defence, the global economy, international terrorism, the image of Spain abroad, and demography and migration. Geographically, Europe, the Atlantic space, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, North Africa and the Middle East are of particular interest to the Institute.

The Institute has a stable and multidisciplinary team of highly-qualified analysts and a wide-ranging network of associated experts. It also counts on the participation of outstanding figures in Spanish public life linked to foreign policy and defence, the economic and business communities, public administration and the academic, cultural and social sectors. The Institute’s President is Emilio Lamo de Espinosa and its Director Charles Powell.

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