Director, Elcano Royal Institute

Charles Powell has been the director of the Elcano Royal Institute, Spain’s leading international relations think tank, since 2012, and a professor of Contemporary History at CEU San Pablo University since 2001. He read History and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, which also awarded him a Doctorate in History for a thesis on Spain’s transition to democracy. While at Oxford, he was a lecturer at Corpus Christi College, a J. A. Pye Fellow at University College, and a Junior Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College. He has also been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Lisbon and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr Powell has published six books and dozens of articles on Spanish political history and foreign policy, European integration, and the so-called liberal international order. He is an Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy (2015), a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (2017), a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Romania (2020), and a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2021). During his career, he has supervised eight doctoral theses, examined thirty, and taught and lectured in more than forty countries in Europe, Africa, America, and Asia.