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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Diálogo: 'Presidencia de Portugal del Consejo de la UE. Tiempo de actuar: por una recuperación justa, verde y digital'

Coincidiendo con la presidencia semestral del Consejo de la UE por parte de Portugal, Charles Powell dialogó con Ana Paula Zacarias, secretaria de Estado de Asuntos Europeos de Portugal, que presentó sus tres prioridades: recuperación económica anclada en las transiciones verde y digital; fortalecimiento del Pilar Social Europeo para asegurar transiciones justas, y refuerzo de la autonomía estratégica de una Europa abierta al mundo.

The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, talks to Charles Powell

During a visit to Madrid, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former presidential candidate and leader of the democratic movement in Belarus, talked to Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, about the future of democracy in her country. Her husband, the businessman Siarhei Tsikhanouski, was thrown into jail by the Belarus authorities after using his popular YouTube channel to criticize Alexander Lukashenka and his dictatorial regime. It is generally agreed that Tsikhanouskaya won the presidential election held on 9 August 2020, a result Lukashenka ignored. Together with Veranika Tsapkala, in December 2020 she received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize on behalf of the democratic opposition in Belarus, which honours individuals and groups who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.

The impact of the Covid-19. Pandemic on the liberal international order and the future of Europe: a view from Madrid

The essays included in this volume highlight the new dilemmas arising from the tectonic shifts in world geopolitics that the Western community of values has to face now and in the years to come, considering the impact of accumulated security risks caused by growing uncertainties, imbalances, disruptive technologies, emergence of new forms of hybrid and information warfare short of outright armed confrontation, spill‑over of military competition in outer space and cyberspace, and instances of unlawful behaviour by some major international actors such as Russia and China. The accelerated pace of change emphasises the distinction between enablers and spoilers in international affairs, while the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has added a new layer of concern as a real and present security threat on a global scale.