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In the XXI century, relationships among the International Society actors are becoming increasingly complex. There are some 5,000 million people, 194 nation-states and more than 10,000 international organisations (governmental and non-governmental ones), apart from other transnational forces, in a world where policy, economy, culture and communications tend to global.

We live in the globalisation era (defined by its detractors as, the last stage of the Western Imperialism, and the triumph of the Western values) in an open, accessible and interconnected world but at the same time, economically and technologically vulnerable. As the September 11 attacks prove, a strategically located explosion can also provoke a damage that overcomes a particular State and, therefore, make inoperative the border concept, which is the base and limit of the territorial sovereign exercise.

Within this array of changes, the existence of Centres dedicated to analyse the international reality and the international policy, is more necessary than ever. This reality has been at times described as “the kingdom of the accidents and revolutions, of the quick and unexpective changes”, although, as Kenneth Waltz said, “standards become recurrent and events inevitably repeat ”, in an almost regular way, but not precisely.

Once Spain concluded its foreign policy normalising process, by joining, among others, the European Communities and the NATO, it has achieved certain prestige in the international sphere by leading bilateral co-operation initiatives between the European Union and Latin America, as well as, impelling the political dialogue with the Mediterranean countries. Another example of the Spanish role in the world is the election of our country (for the fourth time) as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Therefore, Spain should and must contribute to the debate on the dynamic and the evolution of the international system, with its particular point of view on International Relations, due to Spain’s geostrategic situation and a rich cultural heritage shaped throughout the centuries.

INCIPE, as a Centre of study and divulgation of the international issues in general, and of Spain's foreign policy in particular, has tried since its foundation to support and develop this debate within the Spanish society, by constantly proposing topics to reflect on. For more than a decade, INCIPE has achieved to become a Centre of reference for social and economic agents, as well as for International Relations studies, in particular, as a crossroads for different tendencies and points of view on the problems of the so-called New World Order (or maybe disorder?).

Vicente Garrido Rebolledo




Vicente Garrido Rebolledo (Madrid, 10th March 1966) is bachelor in Political Sciences and Sociology by the Complutense University of Madrid (specialisation: International Relations and Management Science). He got the degree in 1990 obtaining the number 1 of his promotion. Doctorate in International Relations (1995) by the same University, with a doctoral thesis on “The nuclear non-proliferation regime: participation and implications for Spain”, which got the highest qualifications. Today, he is Senior Lecturer (professor titular) in International Public Law and International Relations at the King Juan Carlos University, Madrid. Invited lecturer in several M.A. and postgraduate courses on the European Union and international security and defensce issues, carried out, among others by the following Universities: Complutense, Carlos III, Saint Paul-CEU, Francisco de Vitoria, ICADE, and invited professor of the doctoral program at the Open University (University Institute “General Gutiérrez Mellado”), as well as other postgraduate centres such as the Madrid Layers School, the Staff Army School and the War College. He was Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Non-Proliferation Program (1990-1991) and Research Fellow of the grant programme of the Complutense University and the NATO Academic Studies Division. Since July 2002, he is the Director of INCIPE.

As researcher, he has participated during the last fifteen years in several research programs and projects, both at international and domestic level, conducted, among others, by the Volkswagen (Germany), Ford and Ploughshares Foundations (United States), Spanish Ministries of Education and Science and the Foreign Office, REPSOL-YPF, European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Vienna, Austria). Researcher in different working groups at the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies and the CESEDEN (Defence Ministry) from 1993 to 2002. Main Researcher of the “European Non-Proliferation Project Working Group” of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSKF), 1991-2001. Founding member ( and directive staff) of the "Institute for the European-Islamic Dialogue", set up under the auspices of the European Commission and the ACADEMIA SCIENTIARUM ET ARTIUM EUROPAEA, established in Vienna, Austria. He has also participated as a member in various Task-Forces established by the WEU-EU Institute for Security Studies. Member and consultant in several official delegations of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Ministries to international organisations and fora, such as the Committee on “Human Rights and Armed Forces” of the Council of Europe. Member of the Defence Award Jury (2004), conceded by the Spanish Defence Ministry.

He is specialized in disarmament, arms control and (non) proliferation on which he has published more than 100 articles and 8 books as author and/or editor and pronounced about 80 lectures in fourteen countries during the last 15 years. He is also the author of a book and several articles on “Turkish Foreign Policy” and has edited several books on the European Union: “The Future of the Common Foreign and Security Policy” (2002); “The Configuration of the new Europe: Political, Institutional and Strategic Aspects (2003)”; “The EU Freedom, Security and Justice Space in 2004” (2004) and “The European Constitution to debate: the design of the new Union” (2005).

He has followed musical studies of professional degree at the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid. He obtained the Superior Degree in German (Goethe Institute) and speaks fluently English and French.




Vicente Garrido Rebolledo

Senior Lecturer in International Public Law and InternationalRelations
KingJuanCarlosUniversity, Madrid
International Security and Defence Policy, Disarmament and Arms Control
European Union
Turkish Foreign Policy


Associate Researchers

Javier Granados González

PhD in Information Science-International Relations, UCM
Journalist in ‘Edición y Comunicación’ Group
Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia


Natasa Mihajlovic

Bachelor in Economics Sciences, Zagreb University, Croatia
Master in European Union Law, UC3

European Union
Mediterranean Area



Damián R. Sanges D'Abadie

PhD in Defence Studies, King's College, London
New Security Risks

Transatlantic Affairs
United States Foreign Policy


Aranzazu Álvarez Hernández

Bachelor in Media Studies and Journalism, URJC

Master in International relations and Communications, UCM 

Russia, Moldova

Latin America


Institucional Relations

Sandra Sarta

Bachelor in Hispanic Philology, UCM

Diplomaed in High International Studies, SEI, Madrid.



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