External contributor

Alvaro de Vasconcelos

Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies

Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1944, he headed the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI), of which he is a co-founder, from 1981 to 2007.

Over the past ten years, he has been much involved in the coordination of EuroMeSCo, the 50-member strong Euro-Mediterranean network of foreign and security policy research centres which constitutes a confidence-building measure and provider of expertise in the first chapter of the Barcelona Process.

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 EU common foreign and security policy 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, and A European Strategy for the Mediterranean.