Director del Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos (Madrid) desde 2012, y Profesor de Historia Contemporánea de España en la Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid) desde 2001.

Es licenciado en Historia y Lenguas Modernas por la Universidad de Oxford, institución en la que también se doctoró con una tesis sobre la transición democrática española.

Antes de establecerse en España en 1997, fue Lecturer en Historia en Corpus Christi College (Oxford), J. A. Pye Fellow en University College (Oxford) y Junior Research Fellow en St. Antony’s College (Oxford). Es autor de seis libros y numerosos artículos sobre la historia, la política y las relaciones exteriores de España, y ha pronunciado conferencias en más de treinta países. Además, ha dirigido ocho tesis doctorales, tanto en el Reino Unido como en España.

Director of the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies (Madrid) since 2012, and Professor of Spanish Contemporary History at CEU San Pablo University (Madrid) since 2001.

Charles holds a BA in History and Modern Languages from Oxford University, where he also obtained a D. Phil for a thesis on Spain’s transition to democracy.

Prior to settling in Spain in 1997, he was Lecturer in History at Corpus Christi College (Oxford), J. A. Pye Fellow at University College (Oxford), and Junior Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College (Oxford). He is the author of six books and numerous articles on Spanish history, politics and foreign policy, and has lectured in over thirty countries. Additionally, he has supervised eight doctoral theses, both in Britain and Spain.

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Virtual roundtable 'The EU response to COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the future of the Union'

The COVID-19 has been an unprecedented challenge for the world. The European Union, an unfinished integration project with a very high degree of interconnectedness between nation states, was condemned for too slow to respond. Nevertheless, the pandemic has been an existential threat to both the Schengen Area and to the single market, two central pillars of European integration. In addition, the ghosts of the previous crises of the 21st century are still affecting the positions and decisions of the member states.

The response to this global crisis will have a number of consequences. The already announced agenda –like the new green deal and digital transformation- should be factored back into the new normality. The institutional dynamics need to be revisited. Europe’s place in the world, in which the US elections will also play an important role, should be again open to discussion. For all these debates the Conference on the Future of Europe could be a fruitful platform.

This roundtable aimed to start up the conversation on the future of the Union taking into consideration the various dimension of the crisis.

Virtual roundtable ‘Coronavirus and the Maghreb: Challenges to stability and reform’

This virtual round table analysed the responses of governments, the possible social consequences of the health crisis and the implications for political stability in the Maghreb of the socio-economic crisis caused by the Great Lockdown. All this in a context of growing demands for political reform and good governance.

Virtual roundtable: ‘Covid-19 and the Chinese and Russian disinformation campaigns’

Information is as important as science, international cooperation and strong political leadership in the fight against COVID-19.

However, the media financed by the governments of China and Russia are disseminating unfounded claims, sowing uncertainty and mistrust in national and international institutions. According to the EUvsDisInfo website database, the three main narratives of these disinformation campaigns are: (1) the US created the coronavirus, (2) the EU is not facing up to the crisis and is therefore disintegrating, and (3) the virus is being used as a weapon against China and its economy.

In this virtual round table, we analysed the motives and objectives of the Chinese and Russian governments in the use of the COVID-19 related disinformation campaigns, as well as the impact they might have on our Western democracies.