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.

Mesa Redonda virtual: ‘La crisis de COVID-19 y su impacto: respuestas y escenarios futuros’

Moderada por Charles Powell, el Real Instituto Elcano organizó su primera mesa virtual, que contó con las intervenciones de Ana Palacio, exministra de Asuntos Exteriores, y los investigadores Mario Esteban, Carlos Malamud, Ignacio Molina y Federico Steinberg.

Debate Elcano 29: ‘Brexit y sus posibles consecuencias para España y Europa’

Una vez que el Reino Unido ha abandonado la UE se abre un periodo transitorio hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020 en el que se debe negociar la relación futura entre británicos y europeos. Se trata de la parte más importante del proceso del Brexit. Y el acuerdo no será fácil. En este debate se analizaron los pros y contras de los distintos modelos de relación futura, los intereses y estrategias negociadoras de ambas partes y el impacto económico y geopolítico del Brexit a medio y largo plazo tanto para la UE como para España.

Debate Elcano 28: ‘España en el mundo 2020'

Moderado por Charles Powell, director del Real Instituto Elcano, en el debate intervinieron los investigadores, Ignacio Molina, Iliana Olivié y Federico Steinberg.

‘The Transition to Democracy in Spain and Czechia/Czechoslovakia’

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Spain, the Vaclav Havel Library, the Embassy of Spain in Prague and the Cervantes Institute organized a lively debate on the transitions to democracy in Spain and Czechia/Czechoslovakia. The speakers were the Director of Havel Library, Mr. Michael Zantovský, and Dr. Charles Powell, a historian of contemporary Spain who is also Director of the Elcano Royal Institute.

‘Global Europe: Challenges and Opportunities: The View from Madrid‘

As a global actor, the European Union faces major challenges and opportunities. In his address to the IIEA, Dr Powell explored the Union’s role in an increasingly volatile and unpredictable world, in which the survival of the rules-based international order that has served Europe so well can no longer be taken for granted. In particular, he examined how the EU should respond to the growing US-China rivalry, the future of the transatlantic relationship, and the debate over ‘strategic autonomy’. Dr Powell also reviewed Spain’s contribution to the EU’s efforts to establish itself as a relevant and credible global actor.

Visit to Vilnius (Latvia)

During a brief visit to Vilnius, Charles Powell gave a talk on ‘Spain and its 21st Century challenges’ at the Martyno Mažvydo National Library, where he was introduced by its director, Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, and by the Spanish ambassador to Lithuania, José María Robles Fraga. In the afternoon, he lectured on ‘The future of the European Union: a Spanish perspective’ at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, where he was hosted by its director, Dr. Margarita Šešelgytė.

‘Perspectives and Possible Evolution in Europe. The Vision of Spain'

  On Tuesday, 29 October 219, the New Strategy Center organized an event dedicated to the future evolution of the European integration process, where the participants benefited from the contribution of Dr. Charles Powell, director of the Elcano Royal Institute. The dynamic debate on the Spanish vision of potential developments in Europe was opened by […]

'Bled Strategic Forum'

Charles Powell attended the Bled Strategic Forum, which has rapidly become Slovenia’s annual flagship foreign policy event, where he chaired a session, co-hosted by the Elcano Royal Institute, on ‘What lies ahead for the new European Commission?’

'Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum 2019'

The Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum was held in the Romanian port city of Constanta, 12-14 June 2019, has become a regular annual event jointly organized by the Bucharest-based New Strategy Center together with the Ovidius University and the Metropolitan Area Authorities of Constanța