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Álvaro de Vasconcelos, from Portugal, was Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies between May 2007 and May 2012. Prior to this, he headed the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon, of which he is a co-founder, from 1981 to 2007 where he launched several networks including the Euro-Latin American Forum and EuroMeSCo. As well as being a regular columnist in the Portuguese and international press, he is author and co-editor of many books, articles and reports, notably in the areas of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Euro-Mediterranean relations and on the theme of world order, such as Portugal: A European Story; La PESC: Ouvrir l'Europe au Monde; The European Union, Mercosul and the New World Order; A European Strategy for the Mediterranean; ESPAS Report ‘Global Trends 2030 - Citizens in an Interconnected and Polycentric World’ and Listening to Unfamiliar Voices – The Arab Democratic Wave. Álvaro de Vasconcelos is a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur (France) and a Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil).


  • The Institute's 10 year anniversary newsletter

    In this special edition newsletter marking the 10 year anniversary of the EUISS becoming an EU agency, Álvaro de Vasconcelos offers his insight as to why the EU needs to think strategically, James Elles MEP writes of the importance of the ESPAS project, and individual contributions from all EUISS Research Fellows identify key strategic trends in their respective areas of expertise.

  • ESPAS Report ‘Global Trends 2030 - Citizens in an Interconnected and Polycentric World’

    Global Trends 2030 - Citizens in an Interconnected and Polycentric World assesses the long-term, international and domestic, political and economic environment facing the European Union over the next 20 years.

  • Listening to Unfamiliar Voices - The Arab Democratic Wave

    Written by the Director of the EUISS, Álvaro de Vasconcelos, this new book assesses how the Arab democratic wave is part of a wider shift towards a post-Western world in which the global agenda is no longer defined by the West alone and other ‘unfamiliar’ voices may be heard.