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Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is a critical theorist, SOAS academic and the author of The International Politics of the Persian Gulf: A cultural genealogy (Routledge, 2006), Iran in World Politics: The question of the Islamic Republic published this year by Hurst & Co and Columbia University Press and A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations (forthcoming, 2009). His writings about US foreign policies, Iran, western Asia, Islam, international relations and other subjects have been published globally and are available in over a dozen languages.
Joel Adriano currently works on a UNICEF-funded project to write the mid-decade assessment report of the Philippines' Education for All 2015 Plan. He writes for several media as the Asean BizTimes, the magazine Masigasig and Entrepreneur. He has recently completed his engagement as research-writer for the World Bank publication the Philippine Environment Monitor 2006 with focus on environmental health. At the same time, he provided assistance to Spanish and Filipino team leaders on the World Bank project with the environment department there concerning plans for the brown sector. He also completed the editing and layout of 3 World Bank papers on Philippine Safeguards Country Systems Assessment Program. He has a Masters in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Science in Development Communication majoring in Journalism both at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Ricardo Angoso is a journalist who specializes and international affairs, and a general coordinator of the NGO European Dialog, based in Madrid.
Luciano Anzelini has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and holds a Master’s in International Studies from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He is a professor and researcher at the UBA and the University of Quilmes. He has been a grant recipient from the Ford Foundation of the United States and the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, jointly with the National Agency for Scientific and Technologic Promotion in research projects dealing with American-Latin American relations. Currently he is a consultant for a United Nations Program for Development (PNUD) and an international analyst in diverse media.
Daniel Bavly graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem after having fought as an infantryman in Israel’s War of Independence. An Executive Partner in the Accounting and Auditing Firm Bavly, Millner and Co. in Tel Aviv from 1957-1995, Bavly became an active lay-leader in many Israeli Universities after retirement. He is the author of a number of books on the history and foreign relations of Israel.
Iraxis Bello is a journalist who received her degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She works in the international section of the daily newspaper El Universal, and has ample experience covering political and social events for various media. She received a Master’s in International Relations and Communication from the Complutense University in Madrid.
Miguel Ángel Benedicto is chief of the international section of Telemadrid. He directs Fácil Consultores and is president of the association Ideas and Debate (Spain). He is co-author of the books “Europe on Debate. Twenty Years Later (1986-2006)” and “The Major Operation of History’s Solidarity.” He has given postgraduate courses in the Complutense University and Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
Raúl Benítez Manaut is a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is the author of books and essays on security, armed forces and peace processes in Latin America.
Jana Beris is a journalist specializing in the Middle East and a correspondent of the Latin American Service of the BBC and La Nacion (Argentina) in Israel. She studied International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Javier Bernabé Fraguas is a journalist and co-director of the Specialist in International Information and Southern Countries degree, and of the Preventative Journalism diploma, both in the Complutense University in Madrid. He is an international political analyst, especially for Latin American, for Canal 24 Horas de TVE. He is president of the Preventative Journalism and International Analysis Institute (IPPA in its Spanish initials). He has also been an aid worker and/or journalist in 19 Latin American countries.
Steven Binney earned an Honours Degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has experience working within local government and in front-line politics as a campaigner and candidate, and is the editor of a local political newsletter in the Edinburgh West area.
Lilian Bobea is a Dominican sociologist settled in the United States who temporarily resides in Spain. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and a PhD candidate at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is an expert in the fields of security and defense, civil-military relations and citizen security in Latin America, principally the Caribbean region. She is a FLASCO professor and researcher, and she has taught at the Institute of Higher Studies for Security and Defense (IADESEN), at the Police Institute of Superior Studies in the Dominican Republic and in the international department “The new challenges on the agenda for Security in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean” developed in San Salvador by the Creating Community project. She has organized multiple events regarding security issues, among them the international conference on Security Reform in the Caribbean. She is an editor and author of numerous articles on security, civil-military relations and citizen security published in specialized magazines and books. She is a consultant for the Democratic Security Plan for the Dominican Republic, in the areas of research and strategic design. She is a member of the Creating Community project, which oversees the Guillermo Manuel Ungo Foundation in El Salvador. She is also a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Citizen Security project. She has been a member of a research team focused on Security and Defense Forces at the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute.
Maximiliano Borches is a journalist and international analyst. He contributes to various media in the Latin American press and is director of the journal "Horizonte".
Fabián Bosoer is a political analyst and journalist. He is a professor of Political Science and International Relations in the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Belgrano. He is an article and opinion editor of the Diario Clarín. He has published “Generals and ambassadors. A history of the parallel diplomacies in Argentina” (Vergara, 2005) and “The Falkland Islands, the final chapter. War and diplomacy in Argentina” (Capital Intellectual-Claves para todos, 2007).
Rafael Calduch Cervera is a Professor of International Relations and the Director of the master's program in International Relations and Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid. He completed his doctorate in Political Science and Sociology and presides over the consulting group "International Strategic Analysis".
Ruben Campos is an expert on Central and South East Asia and a professor of international relations in the postgraduate programs of many different Spanish universities. He works as the assistant to the director of the Club of Madrid, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy. He is currently preparing his doctoral thesis on nationalist movements in India, and is editing a collection of Mahatma Gandhi’s political writing.
José Catalán Deus is a journalist and a writer. In his longer professional career he has written for many publications, alternating with magazine and newspaper management positions. During the last decade he was a correspondent in London and Rome. Currently he publishes “Infordeus” on the Internet. Among his latest books are “From Ratzinger to Benedict XVI, the new Pope’s enigmas” and “The fourth world war: terrorism, religion and oil in the beginning of the third millennium”.
Pedro Cavallero is a policy analyst based in Salt Lake City. He holds a master degree in Comparative Law and comments regularly on U.S. foreign policy and inter-American affairs. He is member of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly.
Journalist, teacher, and political analyst specializing in the Middle East
Ismael Crespo Martínez holds a Doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense Univeristy of Madrid. He is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Murcia and the Director of the Department of Political and Institutional Communication at the Ortega and Gasset University Institute of Research. He has worked as a consultant for regional and national universities, institutions and governments in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Peru. He is currently the Electoral School of Peru’s principal advisor and the Director of the Doctorate in Government and Policy program at the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina. Between 1997 and 1999 he was the Research Director at the Sociological Research Center. In 2000 he was named the General Director of the Spanish government’s Universities, and, afterwards, in 2002, he created and headed the National Agency of Quality and Accreditation Evaluation.
Mohammad Darawshe is a political analyst. He is Director of External Relations at The Abraham Fund. He is cofounder of One Voice Movement, for peace.
Rut Diamint is a professor for the University Torcuato Di Tella and for the University of Bologna's program in Buenos Aires. She is also a researcher for CONICET.
Mariana Foglia is the program coordinator of the Argentinean Center of International Studies’ International Organizations (CAEI). She is a candidate for a Master’s in International Relations at the International Studies Institute of Barcelona.
Diego Fonseca is a correspondent and journalist, with a B.A. in Communications from the National University of Córdoba. Having graduated from the INCAE Business School in the Sustainability Management Program, he holds an MBA from the Business Institute. Since 2003 he has been an editorial consultant for the Interamerican Bank of Development and a member of the Editorial Board of MicroEnterprise Americas, a journal specializing in mirofinances of the Multilateral Investment Fund. Between 2004 and 2005 he was an independent consultant for USAID (United States Agency for International Development), training more than 200 journalists from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia in free trade, competitiveness, and regional development. Since 2006, he has also been the editor of AméricaEconomía, the foremost economic and business journal in Latin America, where he has created and positioned various products.
Luis Fernando García Nuñez is a journalist and a professor in the Department of Finance, Government and International Relations at the Universidad Externado in Bogota, Colombia.
Juan Pedro García is a media and marketing consultant and a Doctorate candidate at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been in charge of the marketing of the newspaper El Mercurio de Chile for more than ten years. He has a Master’s in Engineering Sciences from the Catholic University of Chile and another in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University in the United States. He lives in Santiago.
Ildefonso Gonzalez Blasco is a journalist and works for the news agency Europa Press from the year 2000 at the area of International. Currently he works in Turkey for Europa Press, as well as for several newspapers.
Mabel González Bustelo is a journalist and analyst of international issues. A professor of various postgraduate programs in Spanish universities (Department of Journalism at UCM, among others) and abroad. She is a regular contributor with various periodicals, such as Público, El Mundo, El Correo and numerous audiovisual media. She has worked in the field as an investigator and consultant in Colombia, Ecuador, Angola, etc. She is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Preventive Journalism and International Analysis (IPPAI). Currently she is associated with Greenpeace’s disarmament campaign.
Associate Professor of International Relations in the Political Science and Sociology Department of the Complutense University of Madrid. She holds a PhD in International Relations and is the author of numerous articles and books: “Relations between Spain and Morocco. A 21st century outlook” (La Catarata, 2005); “Women in the Maghreb in view of the democratization challenge” (Ediciones Bellaterra, 2008).
Gracia Abad Quintana has a doctorate in Political Science and is an expert in topics on Pacific Asia and regionalism in East Asia. She is a researcher in the Research Unit on International Security and Cooperation Department of International Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Currently, she is also is a guest researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has been a guest researcher at the Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore.
Ramón Antonio Gutiérrez Palacios is the president of International Support for Development. He currently directs the research program: “The Persistence of Poverty and New Forms of Impoverishment in Latin America and the Caribbean" in the Applied Regional Science Research Center.
José Luis Gómez Garavito is a lawyer and is currently completing his doctorate in Public Law at the University of París X Nanterre, on the topic of the kidnappings in Colombia. He has been a professor of History of Political Ideas at the University of Rosario in Bogotá. Aside from that he is a researcher assigned to the CEDIN-Paris X, Center of International Law Studies.
Darío Hemna is an economist for the University of San Andrés of Argentina and MBA of INSEAD in France. He is currently the director of SCM-Medialab, agency of interactive communication with headquarters in Madrid.
Mercedes Herrero de la Fuente is an associate professor of international journalism at Antonio de Nebrija University (in Spain). She produces news programs for the TV station TELEMADRID.
George Emile Irani, of Lebanese origin, manages the Africa and Middle East Program of the Toledo International Center for Peace, with headquarters in Madrid. He is the author of “The Papacy and the Middle East: the role of the Vatican in the Arab-Israeli conflict” and numerous scholarly articles on the Middle East.
Ricardo Israel Z. is the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Chile. He holds a PhD and a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Essex and he directs the International Center for the Quality of Democracy and the Legal and Social Science of the Autonomous University of Chile. He presides over the Committee of Armed Forces and the Society of the Global Association of Political Science. He has published dozens of books and essays that have been translated into several languages, and is the conductor and a commentator for Chilean political and international Radio and TV programs.
Javier Jordán is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Administration at the University of Granada (Spain), and the Andaluz Institute of Criminology. He is an expert in Intelligence Services at the General Gutierrez MelladoInstitute, as well as the Chief Editor of JihadMonitor.org.
Alexander Keyssar is Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Olav Kjorven is Assistant Secretary General and Director of Development Policy at the UN Development Program.
Bernardo Kliksberg is one of the foremost world experts on the fight against poverty. He is a special advisor to the UN, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and other international organizations, as well as being the author of hundreds of technical articles, and numerous books published worldwide, the most recent being an international best seller, “More Ethics, More Development”. He has advised the administrations of over 30 countries, including a number of presidents, and numerous public civil society and business organizations.
Borja Lasheras is a Spanish lawyer and international analyst. He has a Master of Law from Harvard University and has studied International Law in Leiden University (The Netherlands) and in Deusto University (Spain). He currently works for the Observatory of Spanish Foreign Policy (OPEX), in Security and Defence matters.
Adrián Mac Liman is a political analyst and international consultant. He was a correspondent for El País in the United States and worked for international media sources (ANSA, AMEX, Gráfica). He has been a habitual collaborator for Informaciones and for the magazine Cambio 16, correspondent of the war in Chipre (1974), witness to the fall of the Iranian Shah (1978) and a special correspondent of La Vanguardia during the invasion of Lebanon (1982). He resided in Jerusalem (1987-1989). Following his participation in the Euro-Mediterranean conference of Barcelona (1995), he joined the Group of Mediterranean Studies of La Sorbona as an expert.
Sohail Mahmood is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Relations, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. He has been a Professor of the Department of Politics & IR, International Islamic University, Islamabad. Before he was the Associate Dean of the Department of International Relations at Preston University in Islamabad. With a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University, he is one of the leading experts in the world on Musharraf and Pakistan and has published dozens of books and articles on the issue. He has written several books and monographs, as the last "Good Governance Reforms Agenda in Pakistan: Current Challenges", Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, USA, 2007.
Roberto Mansilla Blanco holds a Bachelor´s degree in International Studies from la Universidad Central de Venezuela (1996) and a Master's in Political Science from la Universidad Simón Bolívar (2002). In Venezuela he was the international news editor and in charge of editing for the newspaper “El Nuevo País” and the magazine ZETA. He is currently an analyst and in charge of the Center for Contemporary International Information and Documentation of the Análise and International Documentation Galician Institute, IGADI (www.igadi.org).
Silvia Marcu is a researcher for the Superior Council of Scientific Investigations of the Geography Department of the Institute of Economy and Geography. She holds a doctorate in Geography and History from the Complutense University of Madrid, and is a professor of International Relations. She is also the author of the book: “The Black Sea: the geopolitics of a crossroads region” (Universidad de Valladolid, 2007).
Alejandro Martínez Vivar is an economist. He holds a Master’s in Economic Analysis and Financial Economy from the Complutense Institute of Economic Analysis, and another Master’s in Political and Institutional Policy from the Ortega y Gasset Institute. He also holds a DEA in Economy from UNED. Throughout his professional career, he has worked in regulatory institutions as well as businesses in the financial sector, Avalmadrid, Service for Studies at BBVA, CECA.
José Luis Martínez is a journalist, editor, and international politics analyst of the daily The Republic of Montevideo. He has a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Communication and he holds a graduate degree in European studies and European Union, Latin America, and Caribbean relations from the University of Miguel de Cervantes de Chile. He also holds a graduate degree from the National Defense University of the United States in the Planning and Administration of Defense Resources in the CHDS. He has published several books about international politics and conflicts.
Pablo Mieres holds a PhD in Law and Social Sciences and a Master's in Sociology for Development. He is currently the director of the Social Sciences department at the Catholic University of Uruguay, in Montevideo, and an undergraduate and graduate professor at the same university and the University of the Republic in Montevideo. He was a member of Parliament (2000-2005) and the Independent Party's presidential candidate during the last elections in 2004. He still presides over said party, and is once again its candidate for the 2009 elections.
Julio Miranda holds a diploma in Contemporary Politics from the Administration and Economy Department (FAE) of the University of Santiago de Chile (Usach), and one in World Politics from the Humanities department of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Usach. He is a public accountant and auditor, as well as the author of “The adventure of undertaking” (RiL, 2004), “Science and Technology in Latin America, Fundamental Analyses and Dimensions for the Formulation of Public Policy promoting Development”, Eumed, Universidad de Málago, 2007. He is also a professor and a consultant. Finally, he is the director of Global Development & Knowledge, dedicated to carrying out pre-investment studies and sociopolitical analysis for foreign investors interested in Chile and South America.
Joaquín Mirkin is the former Executive Director of the Safe Democracy Foundation. He is an expert in Institutional Communication. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires, a Master’s in International Relations and Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid, and another Master’s in Political and Institutional Communication from the Ortega and Gasset Institution of Madrid.
Roberto Montoya, a journalist who specializes in international affairs, is one of the directors of the International section of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, for whom he was a correspondent in Paris and Rome. He was the director of the International section of the newspaper El Independiente; correspondent in London for Univision TV (USA) and correspondent in Madrid for Argentina's Página/12. He is the author of the books “The global empire” (El imperio global) and “Imperial impunity” (La impunidad imperial) and co-author of “The landowners” (Los terratenientes), “The case of Pinochet and the impunity in Latin America” (El caso Pinochet y la impunidad en América Latina), and “Looking at Venezuela” (Mirando a Venezuela).
Juan Pablo Morales Viteri is a lawyer and professor of Law and Politics at Pontificia Catholic University of Ecuador and coordinator of the postgraduate program of the Jurisprudence Faculty of the same university. He has specialized in Human Rights and has completed a Master’s in Political Action, Institutional Strengthening and Civic Participation in the State of Law at Franciso de Vitoria University in Madrid.
Sagrario Morán is a professor of Political Science in the Rey Juan Carlos I University. She is an expert on ETA, terrorism and political violence. She gives classes in the Master’s in International Relations and Communication program at the Complutense University of Madrid. She has published two books, “The Spanish-French cooperation in the fight against ETA” (Doctoral Thesis, Complutense University of Madrid, 2002) and “PNV-ETA: The history of an impossible relationship” (Tecnos, 2004).
Rafael Moreno Izquierdo is a professor in the International Public Law Department at the Carlos III University of Madrid and in the Journalism Department at the Complutense University. He is an expert on Peace Operations, Conflict Management and Communication during Crisis situations. He has published “Spanish soldiers in the world” and numerous articles in magazines like Foreign Policy (Spanish edition).
Ariel Moutsatsos is an internationalist, journalist and Mexican academic of Greek origin, and a graduate of the Monterrey Technological Institute. He holds a Master’s in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid and a post-graduate degree in Strategic Political Analysis from the CIDE. For several years he was an International Correspondent in New York, Europe, and the Middle East for radio and TV. He served as International Editor for the daily Reforma and worked in the Club de Madrid. Currently he directs Blugroup Consulting, is a professor in the Monterrey Technological Institute and International Analyst for W Radio Mexico’s news bulletin (Prisa/Televisa).
Ignacio Muro Benayas is an economist, social analyst and an expert in new technologies and the information world. He is a professor of journalism at la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, a writer and a contributor to various newspapers, among them El País. He is also the secretary general of ASINYCO, "Asociación Información y Conocimiento" (Information and Knowledge Association). He is the author of "Ésta no es mi empresa. El desapego de los profesionales del siglo XXI" (This is not my company. The 21st century professionals' lack of interest, ECOBOOK, 2008) and "Globalización de la Información y Agencias de noticias" (The globalization of information and news agencies, Paidós, 2005).
Luis Méndez Asensio is a postgraduate professor in the Journalism Department of the Complutense University in Madrid, and is a part of the board of directors of the Preventative Journalism and International Analysis Institute (IPPAI in its Spanish initials). He is a commentator on international politics with Spain’s Exterior Radio and other written media. Among other books, he has published “The war against time” (Planeta-Espasa Calpe), “Panama: memories of an intruder” (Claves Latinoamericanas), “Among the Honored” (Universidad de Guadalajara) and “Accountant” (Plaza y Valdés).
Eric L. Napoli is an attorney specialized in International and U.S. environmental law, sustainable development and citizen participation. He managed the International MBA program at the Instituto de Empresa Business School. Napoli received his law degree from the Washington College of Law and also holds an MBA, and a BA in Philosophy and International Relations. He is presently an attorney with FON in Madrid, Spain.
Abuy Nfubea is a journalist who specializes in African subject matters. He provides over the Pan-African Federation of Black Communities in Spain and collaborates with dozens of media. He gives conferences and classes on the African reality at the Complutense University in Madrid, Carlos III University in Madrid, the UNED and others.
Chiara Novelli holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Bologna, specializing in Business Administration and Direction at the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia. Her work experience, as well as her areas of interest, focus on themes related to urban sociology, the analysis of public and labor policy, and the management and organization of human resources.
Gustavo Palomares, PhD in Political Science, is a European professor at the UNED and an American Foreign Policy Professor at Spain's Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He has been awarded an Honors Doctorate degree in Spain and a European Degree in Political Research. He has led numerous international cooperation projects with Latin America. He is currently the Executive Coordinator of the Colombia's Laboratory for Peace PF, the most important EU program in the Andean region. He has published many books and articles on: International Cooperation; International Relations; European Politics Integration; Common Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union; International Relations Theory; American Politics and Government. He is also a habitual contributor to magazines (Temas; Política Exterior; Revista Universitaria y Sistema) and newspapers (El País and La Vanguardia).
Miguel Pedrero is an expert journalist of International Policy. He has covered the main global events of the past 20 years for various media, principally on television. His specialty is Central and Eastern Europe.
José María Peredo Pombo is a professor of International Relations at the European University in Madrid, where he also gives classes in International Political Communication and Opinions in the Press, directs the Master’s in Communication and Sports Journalism program and is the principal researcher for a project concerning the 2008 Presidential Election in the United States, a country in which he is an expert in foreign policy and transatlantic relations. He has brought his university work together with the practice of Journalism in different media. He has edited several books and had several scientific articles published in the most prestigious magazines of his area of expertise. He has a PhD in Information Science (specializing in International Relations) and has a degree in Journalism.
Nelson Pilosof is a Uruguayan entrepreneur and philosopher. He is the president of the World Trade Center in Montevideo.
Heike Pintor Pirzkall is a professor in the Communication and Humanities department at the European University of Madrid. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Complutense University (Spain). She has completed postgraduate studies (Master’s) in Public Administration at the University of Liverpool, and in European Studies at the University of Kingston-upon-Thames. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis on Latin American Development and Studies. She carries out research on matters regarding multiculturalism and multilingualism, such as the relations between the Latin American continent with Europe and the United States. She has published many articles.
Alberto Priego Moreno is an expert on issues concerning Caucasus and Central Asia. He has been a researcher for the International Studies Department in the Complutense University of Madrid, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is the author of “The Evolution of the Conflict in Chechnya”, “The Creation of the Azerbaijani Identity and its Influence in the Foreign Policy”, and “Georgia: Another Velvet Revolution?”, among other publications. He has worked as a guest researcher in the East-West Institute and in the Center for Euro-Asian Studies.
Mónica Pérez de las Heras is a journalist and a trainer. Specializing in the environment, she has worked with the press and in radio, and has run Communication Departments in private institutions and in the public administration. As a trainer, she gives courses on, among other things, Public Speaking with Neurolinguistic Programming and Emotional Intelligence. She currently combines both of her jobs by working as a freelance journalist and training professionals in various subjects. She is the author of Obama's Secret, Lid Editorial.
Ricardo Quesada Oré is an economist and has given specialized courses at Carlos III University of Madrid. He has been a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences in Peru.
Ferran Requejo is a profesor of Political Science at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he has developed the doctorate program of GRTP. His principle fields of study concern theories of democracy, political liberalism, social democracies of the second post-war period, and federalism in multinational contexts.
Jesús Rivillo Torres, sociologist, founder and director of INATUR, an organization dedicated, since 1991, to the local and social-communitarian development, cooperation, environmental education and implantation of Integrated Systems of Management.
Germán Rojas is the Chief of the Office of Information of the FAO for Spain and Andorra.
Xulio Ríos is an expert in Chinese studies. He directed the Galician Institute of Analysis and International Documentation in Spain since its foundation in 1991, and currently is the head of the Chinese Police Observatory.
Juan Antonio Sacaluga is the assistant director of International Current Events on TVE’s Informative Bulletin and has been the director of “En Portada” (Highlights), since 2004. He has a long history of being an editor, director and coordinator of bulletins, specializing in international information, on RTVE. He has also been a professor in the Master’s in International Relations and Communication program at the Complutense University of Madrid since 1999. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Journalism branch of the Information Sciences Department of the Complutense University, and in the History branch of the Philosophy and Letters Department of the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Walid Salem is a political analyst and the director of Panorama, the Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development, East Jerusalem office.
Hugo San Martin Arzabe holds a BA in Judicial Sciences and an MA in Political Science from the Department of Latin-American Social Sciences (FLASCO). In Bolivia, he has held positions as Minister of Labor (1996-1997) and a National Representative (2002-2005). He had an important role in the constitutional reforms of 1994 and 2004, He is the author of various books. Currently he is the Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CEPRODE) and Consultant in Political Risk, Prospectiveness, and Governability.
Josep Sanmartí is a professor of Journalism at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Earlier, he was a professor in the doctorate program of “European Studies” (2000-2002) and Director of the doctorate program “Communication, Technology Boom and Socio-Cultural Renovation” (2002-2006) at the UEM. He is a member of the LOCALCOM team for the research project “New Information Technology and Communicative Change in the Spanish Autonomous Communities”, financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Among his publications, the following stick out: “Linguistic Policies and Minority Languages in the Construction Process of Europe, 1996”; “The new political agents in television communication” in “Political communication in television and new media”, 2003; “Beyond the news: interpretive journalism” in “Writing for journalists, inform and interpret”, 2004; “Iraq; the end of monolithic information in the war” in “War and Peace. In the name of politics”, 2004; and “The column, the most personal genre” in “Writing for journalists: having an opinion and arguing”, 2007.
Elena Solera Muñoz is a journalist who specializes in the economy. She holds a BA in Journalism for the Complutense University of Madrid. She has written for news agencies, newspapers and magazines, among which Cinco Días, La Gaceta de los Negocios, Moneda Única, Europa Press and El Exportador stand out. She has worked as a journalist in Brussels, Istanbul and Madrid.
Viviana Malvina Sosa is is a journalist specializing in International Relations and in the area of Asia Pacific.
Mario Sznajder is a titled professor of the Chair of Leon Blum in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an associate researcher at the Truman Institute for the advancement of peace. He has published hundreds of articles in scientific publications about fascism, human rights, democracy, and the Middle East.
Carlos Taibo is a professor of Political Science in the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and one of the greatest experts on Russia and Eastern Europe. He gives classes in the masters program in International Relations and Communication in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and has published dozens of books about international relations.
Manuel R. Torres Soriano is an expert in international terrorism and a professor of Political Science at the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville. He served as a researcher for the Department of Political Science and the Administration of the University of Granada and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Stanford (California) and John Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
Maria Amparo Tortosa-Garrigós is Sociologist (Universidad de Barcelona), Master of Arts in International Politics at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, with two postgraduates on Middle East and Expert on Jihadist Terrorism. Works as observer and consultant for international organizations in conflict and post-conflict countries. Worked as advisor at the Spanish Ministry of Defense, and as Program Manager of the Centre to Counter the Appeal of Terrorism of UNICRI-UN in Italy. She is expert in security-terrorism, international politics and conflicts, and collaborate with think tanks and education centers. She has many researches and publications, and followed international courses and seminars. National Award of the Ministry of Defense 2009, EU medals for its mission in Iraq.
Yolanda Vaccaro Alexander is a journalist. With a B.A. from the Department of Information Sciences at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM), she has completed doctorate courses in International Relations at the same institution. Since 1992, she has been a correspondent in Spain for El Comercio, the highest grossing and most widely distributed journal in Peru, founded in 1839. She has carried out reports and interviews in the political, economic, and cultural fields. Since 2005, she has been Editorial Chief of Ocio Latino, the journal with greatest circulation among the Latin American community in Spain.
Eloísa Vaello Marco holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Communication from la Universidad Complutense de Madrid and holds a doctorate in International Peace and Security from el Instituto Guiterrez Mellado de la UNED. She collobrates with the Instituto de Periodismo Preventivo de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid and currently works in the Centro Cultural Español de Malabo (Guinea Ecuatorial).
Robert Wesley is the Director of "Terrorism Research Initiative" (TRI) and Editor of "Perspectives on Terrorism" (PT).
Augusto Zamora R. is the Nicaraguan Ambassador in Spain. He has been a professor of International Law and International Relations at the Autónoma University in Madrid. He served as a lawyer for the state of Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice from 1983 to 2001. He is a columnist for the newspaper El Mundo (Spain). His most recently published book is “Ridiculed Peace. The Peace Process in Central America”.
Zidane Zeraoui is a professor of International Relations and Coordinator of the Master’s program in International Studies at the Technological University of Monterrey, Mexico.
Nicolás de Pedro is a specialist in Central Asian studies. He is a post-graduate professor in the Information Science Department of the University of Complutense, Madrid. During the last two years he has been working in the country side of Kazakhstan and central Asia, thanks to the investigative doctorate program of the AECI (the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation). He is the author, of “The New Asia in the International Context”, “Balance and Perspectives of the relationship between Kazakhstan and China (1991-2006)” and “The New EU Strategy for Central Asia: Seizing or Missing the Opportunity?”.
Javier Del Ray Morató is professor of Political Communication and General Information Theory at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has a degree in Information Sciences from the University of Navarra and a PhD in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has taught courses and seminars on Latin America and is the author of numerous scientific articles and books on communication and politics.
Nuria del Viso is an international affairs journalist and analyst, specializing in Afghanistan and the surrounding region. She holds a doctorate from the Gutiérrez Mellado Institute, and is a member of the Research Center for Peace of Madrid’s research team. She has worked for international cooperation organizations in Spain, Guyana, and Sudan. Previously, she was an editor for Spanish media, such as Cinco Días and the agency EFE.
Raquel C. Álvarez is a political analyst and a former British Parliament adviser. She holds both a BA and an MA in Political Science and International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has worked as a political researcher in the British think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and for the European Commission in the area of international development. Her work has been published in various Spanish and international media.