Real Instituto Elcano



Chairman: Gustavo Suárez Pertierra

Director: Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias

Head of Mediterranean/Middle East programme and EuroMeSCo "liaison officer": Haizam Amirah-Fernández (Senior Analyst for the Mediterranean and the Arab World)

General Statement

The Real Instituto Elcano (Elcano Royal Institute) is a private entity, independent of both the Public Administration and the companies that provide most of its funding. It was established, under the honorary presidency of HRH the Prince of Asturias, on 2 December 2001 as a forum for analysis and debate on international affairs and particularly on Spain’s international relations. Its output aims to be of use to Spain’s decision-makers, both public and private, active on the international scene. Its work should similarly promote the knowledge of Spain in the strategic scenarios in which the country’s interests are at stake.

From its inception the Real Instituto Elcano considers itself a non-partisan –but not neutral– institution that seeks to promote the values by which it was inspired and which, by means of multidisciplinary analysis of existing and –especially– forward developments, aims to establish a global strategy resulting in political proposals having a practical application.

To achieve these goals, the Real Instituto Elcano develops a wide range of activities:

First, the follow up, study and analysis of international news in their various dimensions in as much as they affect Spanish society. This task will generate Working Papers of an academic nature (which might eventually appear as books), and of the Analyses of the Royal Institute, a series of shorter commentaries with a more journalistic flavour.

Second, the distribution of these documents either through the Bulletin of the Royal Institute, or mainly through our website, which will reflect the Institute’s activities and where the visitor will be able to find both the Institute’s own documents and other relevant texts from different sources.

Third, the organization of seminars, simposia and discussion fora. The Real Instituto Elcano understands that in a globalized world, the establishment of a network of contacts between institutions and people is essential. It therefore wishes to maximise relations between the different agents, cooperating with all those interested in the development of international and strategic studies.

Moreover, the Real Instituto Elcano’s activities, insofar as it wishes to represent all national viewpoints and to be a global agent, take place in Spain and abroad.

Areas of work

Europe; Latin America; Mediterranean & Arab World; U.S.–Transatlantic Dialogue; Asia-Pacific; Subsaharan Africa; Security & Defence; International Economy & Trade; International Cooperation & Development; Spain International Image & Public Opinion; Demography Population & International Migrations; Spanish Language & Culture; International Terrorism and International Organisations.

Objective of the Euromed / Middle East programme

Analysis of the international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean region, as well as domestic political and socioeconomic trends.


Real Instituto Elcano website

On-line dossier on the Arab World

Membership to other networks

- Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures

- The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA)

- European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN)

- European Association of Development Research and Training Institute (EADI)

- International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

- Common Security and Defence Policy MAP (CSDP MAP)

- European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS)

- Red Iberoamericana de Estudios Internacionales (RIBEI)

- Red de Investigación Iberoamericana de Estudios de Asia Oriental (REDIAO)

- Think Global, Act European (TGAE)

Practical information

Real instituto Elcano

Calle Príncipe de Vergara 51

28006 Madrid


Tel: +34 91 781 67 70

Fax: +34 91 426 21 57

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