Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: Master Internationalization UB - Master Financial Markets UB, Fundación “la Caixa”

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108 - Barcelona)


The coronavirus crisis has catalyzed previously existing tensions, including the interconnected challenges between misgivings about globalization, inequalities with an impact on social friction, and growing evidence of the magnitude of environmental problems, all in an environment of profound technological change to which those related to health should now be added to the fore. Covid-19 has generated dynamics that widen inequalities, related to the unequal ability to adapt to new forms of work, while public powers try to measure up to increased responsibilities. The dynamics - national, regional, and global - are affected by these new dimensions. Are references to the need for a “new social contract” that is inclusive, sustainable, and global, voluntaristic approaches or a path that is as difficult as it is necessary? In what lines and with what scope is progress being made ... or not?



- Àngel Pes, director of CEI International Affairs

- Juan Tugores and Patricia García-Durán, Directors of the conference

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ROUND TABLE: Inequality and globalization in the post-covid era

- Margarita Delgado, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Spain

- Robert Kissack, Head of Studies and associate professor at IBEI

- Núria Casamitjana, Director of Training at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Moderated by: Patricia García-Durán and Juan Tugores








Date: 15th October 2021


Modality: Face-to-face at Palau Macaya.


Registration: To attend the Seminar it is essential to register here.

The recent arrival of COVID-19 has inevitably impacted the 2030 Agenda and its effects put us in front of an unprecedented global crisis.


In this new scenario, learning how to design, implement and track actions that put the transition towards sustainability at the heart of policies at all levels will be crucial in putting countries back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).



Our Master's in Sustainable Development has an innovative and practical approach and welcomes professionals from the academia, the corporate world, the public sector, and international organizations who aspire to start a professional career in the field of sustainable development.


It aims at giving students the tools to manage the main environmental problems and the challenges that derive from them, from climate change to increased social inequalities.


What are you waiting for? The time to act is now.


Submit your application now! 


Application Process for an official Certificate of Graduation 

2021-2022 Academic Year - Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations 


1. Link to apply for the official Certificate of Graduation:



2. Request form to be filled in by students:




Instructions for students 

Students must deliver to the center 2 copies of the application form for the degree signed, as well as the proof of payment that they will have received in the mail that they have provided in the form (point 2).


At this time, the center may issue the receipt of the Certificate of Graduation.


  • The processing of the title can take up to 1 year.


  • For students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), if they need a substitute certification for the legalized degree, they should contact the Secretariat of the Affiliated Center, CEI.


Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAUC), through the Diplomatic School, we have been able to award 4 Scholarships to prepare the Opposition to Join the Diplomatic Corps, for the 2021-2022 academic year.


The awarding committee of scholarships met on May 21 to comply with the call, in order to deliberate the elected candidates for the 4 scholarships published on February 3, 2021.


This awarding committee was made up of the CEI Academic Director, Dr. Helena Torroja; a collaborating diplomat of the CEI, Mr. Marc Sánchez; a member of the CEI Advisory Council and the secretary of the CEI Board of Trustees, the latter who acts as secretary of the Commission, without the right to vote, Mr. Joaquim Llimona, who holds both positions. They were also supported by the secretary of the commission, Mrs. Eugènia Guarro Borrell.


The 11 applicants who submitted to the call had to comply with the established bases and also have passed the entrance exam to the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps at the CEI.


The total amount allocated by the MAUC and the Diplomatic School to this call is 16,500 euros and has allowed to resolve by awarding 4 scholarships to students. The amount of the scholarship for each student is equivalent to the cost of tuition for one year of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps course. 


This is just the first step on an important journey, we wish we had contributed to your future careers as diplomats!



With the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation



"The Next Generation EU program: a fertile path for a more inclusive Europe?"


Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: “la Caixa” Foundation


Date: Wednesday, April 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Online modality


One of the purposes of the EU is to strengthen economic, social, and territorial cohesion and solidarity between member states. However, the economic crisis that began in 2008 brought an increase in inequality, moving away the horizon of greater convergence. In this process, the main EU institutions advocated a conditional rescue model in the most affected states based on budgetary austerity, which implied a substantial worsening of living conditions in southern European countries, particularly in Spain, Portugal and Greece.


With the COVID-19 pandemic, a new economic crisis is leaving millions of people without income, again especially in southern countries, highly dependent on the most affected sectors such as tourism. Despite the initial reluctance of some Northern European countries, this time the EU has proposed an alternative route: an unprecedented fiscal stimulus package, the Next Generation EU.


It is relevant to ask ourselves about the scope of this aid, which will reach countries with high levels of economic inequality inherited from the previous crisis: what impact will these funds have on inequality within and between European States? Will they be enough to alleviate the differential effects of the crisis in the different European countries and regions? What are the main challenges to the implementation of these funds and on what mechanisms does their relevance depend on to alleviate economic inequality? And finally: do these recovery funds mean the end of the austerity-based stage or is it just a parenthesis that will be closed when the worst part of the pandemic has been overcome?






-        Ángel Pes, director of CEI International Affairs.

-        Andrea Noferini, researcher at the University Institute of European Studies of the UAB and associate professor at the UPF.



17:40 h. - 7:00 p.m. ROUND TABLE: "The Next Generation EU program: a fertile path for a more inclusive Europe?"

-        Ferran Tarradellas, Head of Communication EC Representation in France.

-        Steven Forti, researcher at the IHC of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, associate professor at the UAB and political news analyst.

-        Eugènia Lleal, European policy analyst at the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe in the area of European funds and cohesion policies.


Moderator: Andrea Noferini, researcher at the University Institute of European Studies of the UAB and associate professor at the UPF.




Date: April, 21, 5:30 p.m. 

Modality: Online

Enrollment: To attend the Conference is mandatory to register here.

The first edition of the Master in Sustainable Development UB-CEI is coming to an end, and we have had a talk with its first promotion of student to know their opinions on the Master: 


 "This Master in Sustainable Development has given me the bases that I lacked at a legal, social and economic level to be able to develop at a professional level in the field. Its content is complete, detailed, and understandable for those who come from other fields academic, so it is fully adapted to our needs. In addition, they seek synergies between students to enrich the knowledge provided. The attention received in relation to the TFM is very close and they are accessible, which helps to feel accompanied and open possibilities future work. Without a doubt I will miss the classes, the moments of discussion and mutual learning, but I finish it without having doubts that it fulfilled my expectations. Now a new stage begins. Wishing, therefore, to put the knowledge into practice acquired."

Joanna Riera



"The Master in Sustainable Development has far exceeded all my expectations, since it has managed, in a masterful way, to address the relevant aspects of the three fundamental pillars that compose it, such as Economic, Social and Environmental Development. At the same time, it has been able to integrate the current theory of International Law with the different fields and regimes related to the environment, going through a training in Circular Economy, among other relevant and current areas, without neglecting the practical aspect of how from the sector In private, relevant policies and strategies can be designed based on the basic principles of Sustainable Development to achieve the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda. All the above has allowed me to consolidate the necessary knowledge to develop my TFM in project mode, within the company in which I work, adding value to the actions in pursuit of the achievement of the strategic objectives on sustainability.

I want to thank the CEI for offering this program, which has been characterized by the quality and demands that precede it, in addition to having a teaching staff endowed with vast knowledge on the subject, and with luxury guests, both from the private and public sectors experts in the practice of Sustainable Development."

Andrés F. Ballesteros




“I am from Syria where most people struggle to simply survive and are not able to think about how to live in a way that supports sustainability. When I first started studying the concepts of sustainability, I was frustrated because of the different conditions that the developed and developing countries face and the inequity of resources between them. I could not see how the practical solutions I was learning about could work in the actual hard conditions that people in my country face every day. However, when I began to understand more details about how we can save our planet, I started to be more optimistic about what is possible for all countries, including Syria. Once I fully grasped the necessity of changing the way we live and the way we use the Earth's resources I began to change my own lifestyle. I am aware now of each decision I take when I want to buy anything. I am also more sensitive to the issues that many people around the world face including access to clean water, education, decent work, and health care. Because of the program, I am committed to finding a career where I can be actively participate in achieving the 17 SDGs. When I began the program, I did not understand the importance of sustainable development. Now I am a passionate advocate for it."


Rand Al Chamaa



"The Master in Sustainable Development has been a fantastic opportunity to know more in depth what sustainability itself means. It has provided us with the necessary knowledge to understand the severity of the current climate crisis, as well as give us the appropriate tools to face to her with a systemic and multidisciplinary vision. The internships are a great complement to finish this training, which has allowed us to apply and visualize the opportunities that the world of work will offer us once the Master is finished."

Ana Ochoa



"Magnificent professors, luxury guests, and a quality and academic precision that is very difficult to surpass; all this makes the students end up being experts in the matter. We have analyzed sustainable development from a holistic approach, from the legal and political perspective, economic and social, including the role of companies. Personally, coming from International Relations, I have found my way here. It has been a journey that I would repeat a thousand times."

Lorena G. Alberte



"The Master in Sustainable Development has allowed me to become familiar with all the transcendental aspects and elements of the climate crisis and the role that sustainability should play in the international community for years to come. Moreover, the internships at Viscofan have helped me see first-hand how the private sector can contribute to sustainable development goals through the energy transition, good governance and corporate social responsibility.”

Nicolau Milà

On January 21, 2021 a virtual meeting took place with the Consul General of the United States in Barcelona, ​​H.E. Mr. Robert Riley. The event, organized by the CEI International Classroom in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, was held just one day after the investiture ceremony of the 46th President of the US, Joseph R. Biden. It was, therefore, the first event in which Mr. Riley participated as a representative of the new Administration.


The conference began with an introduction by Juan María Hernández Puértolas, Director of Communication at Criteria Caixa and an expert on US domestic politics. The author of the column "Diarios del Tío Sam" in La Vanguardia newspaper analyzed some of the main challenges that Joe Biden's government will face in the first 100 days of his mandate. Among them, he highlighted the need to approve an aid package for families and businesses most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the pending reform of the higher education financing system.


In his opinion, the new Administration will be strengthened if it manages to carry out the most transcendental reforms in a consensual way with the Republican Party. Otherwise, he understands that the same thing could happen to the Joe Biden government as to some of the American presidents of the last decades: they addressed controversial issues in an excessively partisan way, and within two years of starting their mandate, their parties lost the majority in the House of Representatives or the Senate.




Likewise, Mr. Hernández Puértolas celebrated Joe Biden's "anti-inflammatory" speech. This, in his opinion, is very positive at a time of polarization in American society, especially after the tension generated by the irruption on the Capitol of a group of supporters of the outgoing president on January 6.


The US Consul General started expressing great optimism about the near future of the North American country, as well as the enormous possibilities of its foreign policy, for various reasons. First, he stressed that President Biden has a moderate and conciliatory speech, which will allow strengthening bilateral relations with the traditional allies of the United States and achieving a greater understanding with those countries with which he has important differences.


Likewise, the diplomat showed his confidence in the great professionalism and recognized experience of the team selected by Joe Biden to lead the State Department. In fact, he believes that the Democratic leader himself is probably going to be one of the most well versed presidents in foreign policy in the entire history of the United States, having worked in this area with great intensity during his more than 45 years of experience as Senator from Delaware and later as Vice President of the United States.




Mr. Riley also discussed the position that the new Administration will maintain on some of the main current issues in the field of international relations. Thus, a more determined commitment to multilateralism is expected to face the great global challenges, such as the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, its serious economic consequences throughout the world and the threat posed by climate change. This can be inferred from the decisions made by President Biden on his first day in office, such as the return of the US to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the World Health Organization. Likewise, a great intensification of relations with the European Union is expected. Both Washington and Brussels have already expressed their intention to strengthen the strong transatlantic link and endow it with new and ambitious common goals.


On the other hand, the Consul explained that other aspects of US foreign policy could, foreseeably, experience less change. This is the case of support for the democratic opposition in Venezuela, which will most likely remain firm in its objective of achieving a democratic transition in that country. Also, in relations with China, efforts will continue to be made to protect the strategic interests of the US, both financial, technological and commercial, although dialogue with the Asian country is expected to be more relaxed and less aggressive. Finally, relations with Spain will continue to be very intense in all areas, in keeping with the old relationship of mutual respect and admiration that exists between both countries.


Mr. Riley believes that major transformations in American foreign policy will take place in the coming years, and that these will allow the United States to regain global leadership. He is aware that reaching that goal will be a heavy workload, but he is confident in the ability of the United States to overcome the challenges the country faces today.



Report prepared by Miguel Ramos González

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps

On April 27, 2021, the online meeting was held with the Ambassador of Spain to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. José María Matres Manso. The event of the International Classroom program, organized by the CEI in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, was attended by several companies and members of the CEI.


Dr. Àngel Pes, director of the CEI, began the event by highlighting that Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world, its political system is democracy and the majority religion in that country is Islam. In fact, Indonesia is one of the most populous democracies in the world and the state where the most Muslims live. In addition, he mentioned that it is experiencing great economic development that has allowed the consolidation of an important middle class. Despite the great potential and growing influence of that country in Asia, Dr. Pes regretted that the economic relations between Spain and Indonesia are very limited.




The ambassador began his presentation by confirming the great economic and demographic potential of Indonesia and its growing influence both in Southeast Asia and the continent. In fact, he described Indonesia as the "economic engine" of the region and recalled that it is the main power of ASEAN and is a permanent full member of the G20. He also highlighted that the middle class is made up of approximately 70 million people who increasingly demand higher quality products, that the average income is constantly expanding and that the Indonesian authorities, especially President Joko Widodo Jokowi, have adopted a strategic plan in the future that foresees multiplying the per capita income by six and that includes an extensive development of the country's infrastructures. In addition, he mentioned that, due to its geographical location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the archipelago is affected by all kinds of natural disasters, from seismic movements to tsunamis, through torrential rains and volcano eruptions. This poses a great challenge for the Indonesian Government and must be considered when analyzing the economic, social and political context of the country. During his introduction he mentioned that Indonesia is a socially modern and non-confessional state, although it is generally believed that it is.


Otherwise, the Spanish business presence in Indonesia is certainly low, as are our exports to that country and bilateral investments. According to the ambassador, although it is true that Indonesia is characterized by having a particularly complicated bureaucratic system and a particularly opaque and complex market, this has not been an impediment to Spanish business in other countries and should not prevent national companies exploring the possibilities that the Asian country offers. For this reason, the diplomat invited entrepreneurs to venture into the Indonesian market and gave three tips to have a better chance of success. First, he highlighted that Asians in general, and Indonesians in particular, value personal contact very highly, which is why the Indonesian market demands a continued physical presence. In other words, the foreign entrepreneur must be in Indonesia and build trusting relationships with national partners. Second, the ambassador stated that it is necessary to have a significant financial muscle to resist the costs of settling in Indonesia until the results are obtained, which generally occur in the medium or long term. Ultimately, you need to be patient. Finally, it is highly recommended to have a trusted Indonesian partner since, on the one hand, the legislation of that country requires having a national partner and, on the other hand, it is required to have a good professional who knows the market and can establish fruitful business relationships. This point is the most difficult to achieve, but the diplomat highlighted that the Embassy of Spain advises and helps especially in this regard and relevant initiatives are being carried out in order to have good Indonesian partners. To this aim and to increase the Spanish presence, the Embassy is trying to set up a bilateral chamber of commerce.




Once the ambassador explained the social, political, and economic context of Indonesia, he went on to review some of the most notable economic opportunities for Spanish entrepreneurs. Based on his presentation, there are two sectors declared as key by the Indonesian Government that offer a multitude of opportunities for Spanish companies: the development of human resources and the economic transformation of the country, which mainly consists of the development of infrastructures in the East from Indonesia. It should be mentioned that the Indonesian government's strategic development plan is especially ambitious, with a € 380 billion budget to develop 233 infrastructure projects. Of all the planned projects, there are 37 declared priority projects in which Spanish companies are very competitive and could bid for the tender with a high probability of success. For example, the construction of seven oil and gas refineries, five water treatment plants, four seaports, the improvement of the electricity and telephone network throughout the country, etc. are planned. Not to mention the possibilities that arise from the construction of the new capital, the future development plans foreseen from 2030, the growing Halal market or the development of tourism on various islands of the archipelago. There are great opportunities for Spanish companies, but it is necessary that they make a determined commitment to this market.


Regarding climate change, the ambassador highlighted that Indonesia is very cautious when defining its environmental policy, despite the danger posed by this challenge for the archipelago. This is due to various factors. The consumption of fossil energy is still very important; millions of jobs depend on the mining and energy sector; a large part of the population subsists thanks to palm oil plantations; families with greater political power control most of the polluting sectors and oppose the adoption of measures contrary to their interests; and the construction of the new capital, as well as many of the development projects, could be incompatible with a responsible environmental policy. Furthermore, considering that popular discontent can be exploited by radical-based Islamist parties, the Indonesian government avoids putting jobs associated with polluting activities at risk.




Next, the ambassador cited some of the main Spanish commercial operations carried out in Indonesia. He mentioned the important role of Airbus Defense in the Indonesian aeronautical sector, a market previously successfully explored by CASA until its integration into the European consortium. Indra actively operates in this same sector. In the energy sector, Siemens Gamesa stands out for having recently built the first wind farm in the country. The diplomat highlighted the presence of Repsol, Roca, Inditex, Meliá, Técnicas Reunidas, Mango and Loewe in Indonesia; He highlighted the manufacture of the Indonesian navy training ship, the Bima Suci, by the Galician shipyard Freire; and cited the joint project between the Spanish company CEPSA and the Indonesian Sinar Mas. The diplomat highlighted these cases that exemplify how with patience, perseverance and audacity, Spanish companies can obtain great profits in Indonesia.


The ambassador wanted to end his presentation by recalling that Indonesia offers great opportunities to the Spanish business community, but that it is necessary to assume a significant risk and have the clear will to enter the market. Finally, the diplomat highlighted the predisposition of all the staff of the Embassy of Spain to support Spanish companies and assured that for him it is a great satisfaction to work to increase the Spanish presence in Indonesia.



Report prepared by:

Miquel Vazquez Escolano

Student of the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations and the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.


“Joe Biden & the world: The foreign agenda of the new US administration”


Organized by: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: US General Consulate in Barcelona & Fundación ”la Caixa”


January, 22 - 5 p.m.

See the complete conference here



What changes can we expect in the foreign policy of the United States under the new Administration? Will President Biden be able to redirect Washington's foreign relations with its traditional allies after the passage of President Donald J. Trump through the White House? To what extent are some of the decisions on such important issues as the Iranian nuclear pact, the free trade agreement with the EU or the Paris Agreement on climate change reversible?


The purpose of the day is to explore the foreign agenda that can be expected from the new Administration under the presidency of Joe Biden. In particular, it will address the current state of political and economic relations between the United States and the European Union, and its impact on the global governance system, to reflect on its potential future scenarios in the next four years.





17:00 h.- 17:15 h. CONFERENCE OPENING 

- Àngel Pes, CEI International Affairs director



17:15 h. – 17:45 h. ROUND TABLE: "The foreign agenda of the new Biden's administration"

- Conrad Tribble, Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid.


- Beatriz Navarro, La Vanguardia's Washington Correspondent.


- Daniel S. Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.


Moderator: Jordi Quero, Conference director 



17:45 h. – 18:00 h. DEBATE & CLOSING 






Date: Friday, 22th January, 202, 5 p.m.


Modality: Online.


Enrollment: To attend the Conference is mandatory to register previously here.

Have you ever considered focusing your career on Sustainable Development? If so, you will like to know if it is a good time to train in sustainability.

Dr Àngel Pes, Director of the CEI International Affairs and former President of the Spanish Network of the Global Compact answers your questions:








You will know in depth all the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, which will prepare you to have the knowledge necessary to make an effective transition to sustainability, enabling you to respond urgently and effectively to the challenge of climate change.





The academic program of the Master in Sustainable Development will cover the 17 SDGs and the current COVID 19 global crisis: 


  • Sustainable Development Economy
  • Inclusive Sustainable Development and the SDGs
  • Sustainable development and climate change


For this we will have highly qualified teachers, from the academic field (both social and natural sciences) and from the business field, with the best experts in the sector.






By completing the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development (blended learning), among others, you will be able to develop your career in:


  • Civil servant positions at government bodies or agencies with direct responsibility for any aspect of the 2030 Agenda or SDGs (e.g. the Catalan government, provincial governments, town councils).
  • Officer at a non-governmental organization in the field of development cooperation, the environment or the protection of human rights.
  • Sustainability manager at a national or international company.



Do not hesitate and find out now about the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development! The Master will start in September 2021 (academic year 2021-2022), and will have a degree from the University of Barcelona.

On November 24, the CEI International Classroom took place, in online mode, with a presentation by the Ambassador of Spain in Jordan, Her Excellency Mrs. Aránzazu Bañón Dávalos, and the CEI Intelligence analysis, by Mr. Haizam Amirah - organized by the CEI in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia.


The event began with a general analysis of Mr. Haizam Amirah, who placed Jordan as the leader of pragmatism in the Middle East. This fact is due to the geography that, on the one hand, stands out for the scarcity of abundant resources; and on the other, the region is in a vulnerable geopolitical position. However, Jordan has emerged as a country with a moderating and stabilizing role in the region, placing great value on international alliances.


Haizam Amirah-Fernández


Mr. Haizam Amirah highlighted some of the main challenges that this State must face in the present, and that will determine its future. External factors include how to manage the stabilization of neighbouring countries and the impact of conflicts on internal policies. Among the internal factors, the efforts to solve some bad political-economic decisions and the loss of confidence in the government of the new generations are noteworthy, as well as the rise of radicalism. In the coming months, Jordan will have to manage the balance between high population growth, population discontent over crisis management, and possible changes in the status quo that may affect relations between the various actors in the Middle East.


In the second part of the session, the Ambassador of Spain in Jordan, Her Excellency Mrs. Aránzazu Bañón Dávalos reflected on the importance and weight of Jordan in the Middle East region:


The Ambassador began by describing this country as a "historical miracle of the region", thanks to the construction of its own identity as an interlocutor and reference point for stability, dialogue, and moderation in a troubled region. She highlighted Jordan's political intelligence, its broad ability to forge balanced alliances with its Arab neighbours and partners and with its Western allies, and its strategic role in the region.




Regional conflicts and recent geopolitical changes have a very direct impact on Jordan and are affecting both its internal situation, especially its economic situation, and its role in the region. In this context, it could be said that the country faces the new challenges as an opportunity to introduce changes and reforms with a future vision. The main aspirations are to achieve greater resilience by reducing external dependence and to lay the foundations for a more inclusive, cohesive, and prosperous society. In the political aspects, Jordan has begun a reform agenda to consolidate a project of a common country that accommodates the new generations of citizens, who demand greater transparency, accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency from their leaders.


About the economy, there is also a reform agenda underway aimed at stimulating employment, boosting the economy and promoting those strategic sectors that generate quality employment. The reform package has the endorsement of the donor community and the backing of international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This plan was presented in February 2019 at the London Conference, aimed at the business sector: It seeks to facilitate, attract foreign investment, and improve strategic sectors. Among them are tourism and associated services - which represent between around 14% of GDP and which have been reassessed and reoriented after the Covid-19 crisis -; water management, since Jordan is the third country in the world with the highest water stress, so desalination plant projects are being implemented; The renewable energies; and the infrastructure sector, particularly railways.


The Ambassador concluded by highlighting that, despite the challenges in the perception of the area as an unstable context and the country's difficulties, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a stable market, interdependent with the Mediterranean countries and strategic in the area, supported by the International Community, in which Spanish companies, both large companies and SMEs, by their nature, are highly competitive and with accumulated experience.



Report prepared by Raül Molina

Student of the Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the Webinar Germany and the EU: Balance of the presidency, objectives and perspectives was held. The event of the International Classroom program, organized by the CEI International Affairs in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, was attended by several companies and members of the CEI.


The conference, presented by Dr. Àngel Pes, director of the CEI, was attended by Mr. Lluís Foix, journalist and former director of the newspaper La Vanguardia, and His Excellency Mr. Christoph Wolfrum, minister of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kingdom of Spain.


Dr. Pes began the event by thanking the attendees for the presence and the participation of Messrs. Foix and Wolfrum. He highlighted the importance of the German Presidency of the European Union for its coincidence with the COVID-19 pandemic, for the Brexit negotiations and the launch of the Next Generation EU program. Dr. Pes pointed out the leadership of the German-French axis (consciously reversing the terms) and the role of Chancellor Merkel on issues such as refugee policy.




Mr Foix first explained the outcome of the German regional elections in the Lander of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. Second, Mr. Foix highlighted the German role in European stability and the value of Germany's ability to cede political leadership to France. Thirdly, he stated that Germans have constantly lived with the “Europeanism vaccine” and, also, the importance that this issue has had in overcoming the differences between France and Germany. On the other hand, Mr. Foix pointed out that German Europeanism has been key to European integration. The ability of the Germans to make a critical review of their past and build a future with economic growth and democratic values ​​is, according to the journalist, essential to understand the German power within the EU. Quoting Goethe, Mr. Foix stated that what happened in Europe in recent years is the result of the maturing of Germany. As proof of this he exposed Merkel's role in the refugee crisis. He also pointed out that the difficulties during the 2008 crisis and the danger of the union breaking up along the north-south axis were overcome with common sense and that lessons have been drawn from it that have led to Keynesian or New Deal policies that allow the current survival of Europe.


For his part, the Hon. Mr. Christoph Wolfrum focused on COVID-19 and how it had marked the German presidency. However, in his understanding, during the pandemic, coordination between member states of the European Union has been improved. He also stated that the pandemic had allowed Europeans to be aware of the need to maintain cohesion and solidarity. For Mr. Wolfrum, another milestone reached is the joint supply of vaccines. Mr Wolfrum affirmed the need to reflect on increasing the role of the European Union in this area. He highlighted in this line the creation of the EU for Health program.


Regarding the economic consequences of COVID-19, Mr. Wolfrum celebrated the achievement represented by the approval of the multi-year financial framework and the Next Generation EU endowed with 1.8 billion euros. He noted that this is a clear message that we in Europe are opting for Europe as the solution to problems. Mr. Wolfrum highlighted the ecological sense of the funds (37% earmarked for ecological transformation and the 55% emission reduction targets by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050), the initiatives for the protection of biodiversity and the importance of climate policy for Europe. On the other hand, he also pointed out the importance of digitization and the need to build an independent pole of the United States and China in technological matters, without forgetting that it is with the former with whom there is greater political affinity and in matters of values.




The second part of Mr. Wolfrum's speech focused on Brexit, a regretted decision from Germany. Faced with the decision of the European Commission to initiate the procedure of complaint of violation of the Agreement, he reaffirmed the support of Germany for such action, however he highlighted the German will to moderate the tone. Mr Wolfrum was optimistic about future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.


In the third part he discussed European action in the international framework. The story of the European Union as a peace project continues today. Faced with the changes on the international scene, he argued the need to strengthen the transatlantic relationship and the European Union's own capacities to act by combining Atlanticism and Europeanism. He exposed the concept of strategic sovereignty as an alternative to the so-called strategic autonomy: not only to act autonomously, but to develop a common strategic vision based on a common strategic culture. Mr. Wolfrum called for progress in this area through a strategic partnership with ASEAN or common visions for the Indo-Pacific space.


At that time, Dr. Pes took the floor with thanks to Mr. Wolfrum and, immediately afterwards, opened question time for the attendees. Mr Wolfrum was asked, among other questions, about the need to increase the capacities of European industry and about the question of constitutionality on European funds raised before the German Constitutional Court. He responded to all this by pointing out the need to combine the international division of labour with less dependence in areas such as health, energy or food and, with respect to the second question, expressing the favourable sense of the European integration of the decisions of the German Constitutional Court and the legal stability provided by the existence of such constitutional jurisprudence.




In relation to how German ports had prepared to face Brexit, Minister Wolfrum began by highlighting that in some German ports trade with the United Kingdom represented 90% of the total. He was optimistic about the deal in that it would ease the impact without forgetting that it will not be the same as before. To this end, the customs staff has been increased significantly, highlighting that Brexit results in a major re-bureaucratization. On how to strengthen European foreign policy in relation to continents such as Asia or Africa, Mr. Wolfrum responded by celebrating the document of the common strategy of the European Union and the importance of Africa for Spain and the rest of the Union. Mr. Wolfrum pointed out the importance of incorporating cooperation into the strategy, not only remaining in migration policy, as well as the importance of the continent for the European Union.


Finally, regarding the preparation, linking and management of Next Generation funds, Minister Wolfrum indicated the interest that the funds can be used as soon as possible. He explained that Germany approved in 2020 a conjuncture and reconstruction package and that most of the money would go to finance it. He also highlighted the role of business and the Landers in the process.



Report prepared by: Oriol Muñoz

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps 

We are so proud of all our students!

The lists of successful candidates in the 4 exercises of the oppositions to the Diplomatic Career is already public, and 3 of our students are among those who passed: Guillem Manso García, Andrés de Zulueta de la Riba and Tomás Miquel Riba Núñez. All of them have been trained at the CE, between 2 and 3 years before passing the competitive examination.

8.1% of CEI Diplomats in the 72nd Promotion of the Diplomatic Career:





This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic in the middle of the oppositions, which could not be retaken until the end of June, our students have shown their great dedication and commitment to the Opposition.

After preparing all the Opposition tests, our students took the 4 tests: question test; text commentary and interview; language exam; and oral presentation of the agenda.

Evolution of CEI candidates and general candidates in the Opposition:





We are extremely proud to say that the percentage of CEI students submitted to the Opposition is 4.83% and the percentage of CEI students who have got a Diplomatic post 8.1%:





The competitive examination to Join the Diplomatic Corps works as established in the BOE, for this year, the call was 37 places, 2 of them reserved for people who have a recognized degree of general disability equal to or greater than 33%. These 37 places are those that have been contested in a first phase, which consists of 4 tests, which are what have led 3 of our students to overcome this part of the opposition.

Now, the next phase consists of an eminently practical selective course at the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

Our most sincere congratulations to Guillem, Andrés and Tomás for their great work!

We do not forget the rest of the students who haven't passed the 4 tests: You have a wonderful future ahead, and with exhaustive preparation you will surely achieve it on the following occasions!

If you also want to start in the world of Diplomacy do not hesitate to consult the information on the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.

We publish the call to access 4 Scholarships, for 100% of the enrollment of the course, to prepare the Opposition to Join the Diplomatic Corps at the CEI.


  • Scholarships may be applied for by people admitted on CEI's Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps, to start their studies in the 2021-2022 academic year, and who meet the economic requirements be established in the call for scholarships.


  • The period for submitting candidatures to apply for the scholarships will be open from 6 April to 30 April. Throughout the month of May the resolution will be published. 


    The elected students will be able to decide whether to take the course in person, at the CEI headquarters in Barcelona, ​​or online.



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What is the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps?


career in the Spanish diplomatic corps begins when you achieve the status of diplomat by passing a competitive examination.


The call for the examination is published in the Official State Gazette (BOE), along with all of the requirements and details of the tests.


CEI International Affairs students cover the entire syllabus for the competitive examination (Question test, text comment and interview, language test and oral presentation of the syllabus), with materials drawn up by university lecturers specialized in the different subjects. 

On September 29th, the International Classroom of the CEI took place, in online modality, with the Ambassador of Spain to Malaysia, H.E. Mr. José Miguel Corvinos Lafuente.

The Ambassador began by explaining the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia which, despite having 11,000 cases and 134 deaths, was able to contain the health crisis relatively well by opting for confinement for several weeks in March. Currently, life is practically normal with the necessary precautions but important restrictions on entry to the country continue to be maintained. At the economic level, some essential sectors that could continue their activity, such as hydrocarbons, were declared and aid packages and economic stimuli have been approved to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. The World Bank foresees a 4.9% drop in the economy this year, although the data for 2021 are favorable, expecting growth between 5.5% and 8%.

Ambassador Corvinos followed with an explanation of the political situation in Malaysia. It is a country with a consolidated democracy that is characterized by being a federation with 13 States and by being a constitutional monarchy of a rotating nature, a unique format in the world, in which every 5 years it alternates between the nine sultans. In 2019, for the first time, the King resigned and since then the Head of State is the Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah.



In matters of foreign policy, the Hon. Mr. José Miguel Corvinos highlighted Malaysia's commitment to multilateralism and its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Its projection abroad as a moderate Islamic democracy stands out, taking into account that Islam is the majority religion in the country (60%) and therefore maintains a special relationship with both Pakistan and Turkey.

Its main partners are in the Southeast Asian region with China as its first trading partner followed by ASEAN members, highlighting relations with its neighbor Singapore.

Lately, relations with the European Union have suffered tensions due to the palm oil issue, although they are in the process of negotiation to find a consensus solution in relation to sustainability criteria. Spain seeks to promote these negotiations, being the third European Union buyer of this product in Malaysia and in order to advance in the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement.

Referring to the relations between Spain and Malaysia, the Ambassador stressed that there is an excellent relationship, although with room for improvement due to the knowledge deficit between the two countries. He highlighted the two high-level virtual conversations held this summer with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and her counterpart, as well as those carried out by the Ministries of Sciences and Technologies.



On a cultural level, Spain is working to promote the Spanish language in Malaysia, taking advantage of Malaysians' interest in the Spanish lifestyle, and the Ambassador also mentioned the coordination with the other Spanish-speaking Ambassadors to make Spanish a language elective in public high school.

Finally, Ambassador Corvinos concluded that Malaysia is a very good investment destination for Spanish companies and that it already has more than 50 entities present in the country. He highlighted certain sectors of mutual interest such as renewable energy, infrastructure, smart cities and waste management, among others.

Its good positioning in the Doing Business (number 12) as well as the good preparation of the Malaysian society and a good level of English represent an attractive destination to establish a base in Southeast Asia. The Ambassador recalled that interested Spanish companies have the help of both the Embassy and the Commercial Office in Kuala Lumpur.


Report prepared by Geòrgia Oriol
Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, a virtual meeting was held with the Ambassador of Spain in Algeria, His Excellency Mr. Fernando Morán. The event, organized by the Centro de Estudios Internacionales, in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, had attendees from different companies and members of the CEI Executive Club.


The conference began with an introduction by Ambassador Senén Florensa, a highly experienced diplomatic official and current president of the Executive Committee of the IEMed. In his speech, Ambassador Florensa began by highlighting that there is an important time for the relationship between Algeria and Spain, and with the other Mediterranean countries, since it is 25 years since the start of the Barcelona Process and 15 years since the signing of the Algeria's association treaty with the European Union. The Ambassador made a brief analysis of how the Barcelona Process has evolved since its establishment, highlighting in the first place that in the political sphere there have been certain difficulties due to the various wars that have occurred in the East. He then explained that at the economic level there have been great advances in modernization, and that, at the cultural level, the changes have been significant due to the changes in mentality that occurred and led to the questioning of the traditional Arab state, and resulted in the well-known Arab Spring.


Then, Ambassador Fernando Morán took the floor, who began by making a general review of the Algerian political situation. Here he highlighted the important transformation process that the country has undergone since 2019 with the arrival of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. The arrival of this president to the country was turbulent, since prior to his accession to the presidency, the Hirak opposition movement mobilized thousands of Algerians to the streets, in protests that lasted about 10 months and that led to the December 12, 2019 elections. By winning those elections and taking office, President Tebboune carried out a major political reform that included a new constitution, a new electoral law, and a call for parliamentary elections. These elections, according to the Ambassador, will take place before May 19, but it is feared that, taking place in the middle of the month of Ramadan, the campaign process will be complicated.




Then, the Ambassador went on to discuss the bilateral relationship between Spain and Algeria. Here he emphasized that Algeria is the country with which the most high-level meetings have been held, seven so far. He also highlighted the significant cultural relations, within which there are more than 100 agreements between Spanish and Algerian universities, and where the Cervantes Institute is the third in the world by number of students, thus demonstrating a great interest in the Spanish language and culture by the Algerians.


Finally, the Ambassador presented the situation of bilateral economic relations with Spain. Algeria is a country dependent on its oil and gas exports, and therefore the economic relationship with Spain focuses on this sector. The Ambassador commented that, in general, there has been a decrease in imports and exports between both countries in the last 2 years, since on the one hand Spain exported 3,300 million euros in 2018 and only 1,700 million in 2020, and the other Spanish imports were 4.666 million euros in 2018 and in 2020, there was a reduction to 2.258 million. With these figures, therefore, the Ambassador emphasized the significant reduction in trade flow. Additionally, he added that, in 2019, the flow of investments was zero, since no Spanish company invested in Algeria. Despite this, the Ambassador emphasized that Algeria is a priority market for Spain, since they constitute 1% of Spanish sales, and are the second client on the African continent behind Morocco, and third African supplier also after Morocco and Nigeria. Finally, he reported that the Embassy is working hard on this issue in order to open the way for more Spanish companies to take advantage of the Algerian market.


During question time, Ambassador Senén Florensa took the floor again, asking Ambassador Morán about how the lack of interest of Spanish companies in investing in Algeria can be explained. To this, Ambassador Morán replied that, until June 2020, there was a law that required 51% of the capital of any company that he invested, to remain in Algerian hands. This law has already been repealed, so the Ambassador expressed his hope that more companies would invest in Algeria, especially after the last visit of the President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, who was accompanied by representatives of various companies. Then, the director of the CEI, Ángel Pes, asked about the perception that exists that it is only possible to invest in Algeria through the public sector, and about what possibilities exist for the private sector to invest without having to resort to the public sector. To this, the Ambassador commented that, although the issue is not well developed, it has had growing importance. He added that there are Spanish business groups that have executed projects with private companies, and that in the field of agriculture this has been more evident. The Ambassador pointed out that it is an issue that must continue to be worked on because there are positive experiences.




Finally, the audience asked questions related to the emergency caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and its impacts in Algeria. Ambassador Morán stressed that, in the economic sphere, the government is trying to approve a new roadmap to diversify its economy and expand other sectors such as automotive, agriculture, and renewable energy, in which Spain can have an important investment opportunity. In general terms, the Ambassador reported that Algeria has implemented similar measures to combat the pandemic, such as curfews and closures of certain economic sectors. Currently, the vaccination plan has started, but the authorities fear that, in the month of Ramadan, which normally consists of many festivities in the streets and with large crowds, the cases will increase significantly.


In short, the virtual event on this day was of great interest to all the guests and the presentation by both speakers made it clear that the bilateral relationship with Algeria has been worked on and continues to work for the collective good of both nations.



Report prepared by: Lupita Prada Jiménez

Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations

On Tuesday, July 14, the CEI International Classroom took place with the Spanish Ambassador to Poland, the Hon. Mr. Francisco Javier Sanabria Valderrama. The session was organized in collaboration with Cercle d’Economia.

The Ambassador began by analyzing the political situation in Poland. After the recent presidential elections on this July 12, an electoral cycle that began in the fall of 2018 ends with the regional and local elections, followed in May 2019 by the European and legislative elections in October 2019. A cycle that will not resume for up to 3 years and that has left the Law and Justice (PiS) party as the clear winner, although it is true that large cities, the Senate and most regions are under the control of the Civic Platform, the main party of the opposition.

In this context, the Ambassador emphasized the importance of the presidential elections. The President is a fundamental part of the Polish institutional framework. Not only does it hold the leadership of the State and, as such, its highest representation abroad, but it also has granted legislative initiative, sanctions the laws, and has veto power that must be overcome by a qualified majority of the Lower House and can submit to the Constitutional Court those bills that it deems contrary to the Constitution. This importance, together with the prevailing political polarization, translated into a strong mobilization of the electorate and a historically high turnout of 68.18% that gave a tight victory to the current President Andrzej Duda.

These elections have reproduced the political map that has been repeating itself in recent years. PiS has preeminence in the east of the country and in small towns, while the opposition wins in the west and in large cities. The political division is not reflected in social life. Poland does not suffer from chronic political violence. The divergences focus on the orientation that should be given to the future of Poland: while the PiS defends a conservative policy aimed at preserving national values, traditions and homogeneity, the Civic Platform opts for a liberal vision of society close to Brussels and Berlin. There are no disagreements about the fundamental historical facts of World War II and the communist regime, nor basically about the need for a close relationship with the US and a strong Atlantic Alliance.



On the social level, the Ambassador stressed that the Polish is a very dynamic society. People have jobs (unemployment is frictional, 6%), life plans, entrepreneurship and the desire to improve. Surveys invariably show that Poles face the future with confidence. This may respond to the recent history of the country, which has led new generations to want to pay tribute to their elders who suffered from war and communism, working for a better country. However, there is also an important cultural debate that, although it divides society, can also enrich it, the Ambassador understands, if a synthesis is achieved that is good for the whole. One of the government's policies that has caused the most friction has been the reform of the justice system. The reform is being analyzed by the different European institutions and, according to HE. Mr. Sanabria, you will only be redirected through the resolutions issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

As in other European countries, the coronavirus has also affected Poland. With a first diagnosed on March 4 and the first victim counted on 12, in mid-July the diagnosed amounted to 38,000 and the deceased to 1,600. In order to face this situation, the government took very drastic measures at the beginning, which were progressively attenuated until they became less than the current ones in Spain. The health crisis has not been overcome.

The economy, based on a strong agricultural and industrial sector, has experienced uninterrupted growth during the last 30 years, which allows us to speak of a "Polish miracle". However, like the other European economies, Poland will experience a recession this 2020 due to the pandemic. Recession from which V-shaped recovery is expected in 2021.

In figures, Poland received foreign investment of € 11,818M in 2018, growing 45% compared to 2017. This has been possible, in part, thanks to the creation of the so-called special economic zones, which are characterized by a privileged tax regime which, from this year, will cover practically the entire Polish national territory.



Regarding public works, Poland is in a period of expansion and development of its road and railway infrastructure. They are to highlight the project of the Great Airport Cent ral; a channel in the Odra estuary that empties into the city of Szczecin; and a gas pipeline to bring Norwegian gas through Denmark and the Baltic. In energy terms, Poland is strongly betting on offshore wind energy. They also point to nuclear energy in order to advance in the decarbonisation of their economy. Finally, it is worth noting the rapid digitization of the Polish economy. This is very advanced in the cities and has given rise to important companies such as Allegro, dedicated to electronic commerce, with a turnover higher than Amazon in Spain.

Poland is one of the countries whose citizens are more Europeanists (88%), even more than the Spanish. In the EU, Poland is particularly interested in the development of the common market, in the common agricultural policy and in cohesion policy. In fact, it is the main recipient of funds and will continue to be so in the next financial framework 2021-2027.

However, Poland does not understand that political union should be further deepened. Thus, it is a champion of enlargement, especially as regards the integration of the Western Balkans. Participation in the common currency, the euro, is not on the agenda, since it is understood that convergence with the EU average is still too low (72%). The question will arise when Poland approaches that average, which could occur in the coming years.

The Hon. Mr. Sanabria considered that the relations between Spain and Poland are excellent. From an economic point of view, trade in both directions in 2019 was around € 12,000 million, € 1 million of Poles have visited Spain each of the last three years and Spain is the fifth investor in the country in terms of accumulated stock with a significant presence of Banco Santander, CAF, Ferrovial or Acciona. More than 500 Spanish companies are installed on Polish territory. The Ambassador also highlighted the legislative efforts carried out by the government to facilitate the establishment of new companies and seek to improve the business environment.



At the cultural level, there are more than 60 institutes that offer teaching in Spanish, two Cervantes institutes (in Warsaw and Krakow) and a notable demand and sympathy for the Spanish language and cultures. All this makes Poland a favorable country for Spaniards also for business.

As for political relations, these were considered by the Ambassador as fluid, but susceptible of greater intensity. In the past two years, four bilateral meetings have been held between foreign ministers. Parliamentary forums and government summits are expected to resume in 2021. The latter have been held practically annually since 2003 but were parked in 2017 because of the political interim in Spain.

Finally, Ambassador Sanabria concluded that Poland sees in Spain a partner of interest, who shows respect for what Spain represents, for its history and for its projection in the world. The Ambassador pointed out that in Poland there is a good memory of the "honeymoon" in relations with Spain lived in the years prior to Poland's accession to the European Union, in 2004, which serves as an incentive to develop more if this bilateral relationship fits.



Report prepared by Hipòlit Gabaldà
Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps


Are you about to graduate and you want to start your career in Sustainability but, do you know how? Have you been working for years but want to focus your future towards Sustainable Development? We’ll give you tips and solve all the doubts in the next Workshop.



WORKSHOP ONLINE: How can I work in Sustainable Development?


On April 20, Mr. Miquel Vidal, Coordinator of Circular Economy at the Fundació Formació i Treball, an expert in job placement in the field of sustainability, will offer a Workshop in which he will give the keys to start or transform your career towards the field of Sustainable Development.


In the Workshop "How can I work in Sustainable Development?" Mr. Vidal will talk about each of the possibilities of starting your career in the field of Sustainable Development, or of transforming your career towards this sector.


The Workshop will last one hour and then there will be a question time to answer all your questions.




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What career opportunities does a Master in Sustainable Development offer?


The CEI's Master in Sustainable Development, due to its interdisciplinary approach and practical orientation, prepares its students for a wide variety of jobs such as those detailed below:


  • Private enterprises: Sustainability manager at a national or international company.


  • Public administration: Civil servant positions at government bodies or agencies with direct responsibility for any aspect of the 2030 Agenda or SDGs (e.g. the Catalan government, provincial governments, town councils).


  • International Organizations: Diplomat, international official or officer at an international organization.


  • Non-governmental organizations: Officer at NGO in the field of development cooperation, the environment or the protection of human rights.



Do you know the CEI’s Master in Sustainable Development?


It is a blended training given by the CEI, with a diploma from the University of Barcelona. The Master in Sustainable Development provides an in-depth understanding of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it contributes to integrating and weighing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.


It includes the possibility of doing compulsory professional internships (from 4 to 6 months) or a Final Master's Thesis (real project applicable to companies or institutions).


You will be trained with active lecturers: outstanding professionals from both the public and private sectors, university professors of recognized prestige in their specialty ...


Find out now and start your registration for the 2021-2022 Course!

Conference on Security and Defence

"NATO 2020: conjunctural or structural crisis.

Diagnosis on NATO on the 70th anniversary"



Organization: CEI International Affairs


With the support of the Secretaría General de Política de Defensa

Spanish Ministry of Defence

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Directed by Dr Pere Vilanova


Date: October 29th 2020

Online format, by Google Meet


NATO 2020: it is about analyzing a crucial future scenario for transatlantic relations, to find out if we are facing a temporary or structural crisis. For this, we propose to make a diagnosis of NATO on its 70th anniversary, on the threshold of presidential elections in United States, which will be crucial for all intents and purposes and also for the Atlantic Alliance.

For this, this Conference will take stock of both the organization as a very useful political instrument during the Cold War and the three decades after its termination. The military operations in which NATO has been involved since 1999 and their impact on the international system will also be analyzed.







18:10 h. – 18:50 h. ROUND TABLE: 

NATO 2020: temporary or structural crisis. Diagnosis on NATO on the 70th anniversary



Evaluation of the evolution of NATO

Dr Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science and Administration, University of Barcelona.



Balance of the military operations in which NATO has been involved since 1999

Colonel Jose Luis Calvo Albero, Colonel of infantry of the Spanish Army.



Moderator: Mr Jordi Quero, Professor, CEI International Affairs.



18:50h. – 19:00 h. QUESTION TIME



19:00h. – 19:10 h. CONFERENCE CLOSING 






Date: October 29th 2020

Modality: Online format, by Google Meet

Enrolment: To attend the Conference it is essential to register here. Registration will be essential to receive the link of the online session.

During the 2nd week of April, we are going to celebrate the XIX edition of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, in online modality.



  • The inaugural conference "Challenges and priorities of Spanish foreign policy" with Cristina Gallach, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Latin America and the Caribbean





What topics are we going to discuss in the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy?


  • Spain and the global migration crisis, with José Luis Pardo,  Ambassador on a Special Mission for Migration, and Sílvia Morgades, Associate Professor of Public International Law, Pompeu Fabra University. 

  • Spain and its relations with the EU (Special reference to Brexit and relations with Germany and France), with José Pascual Marco, General Director for Integration and Coordination of General Affairs of the European Union, and Laura Huici,  TItular Professor of Public International Law, University of Barcelona.


  • Spain and its relations with the Middle East and North Africa region, with Eva Martínez Sánchez, General Director for the Maghreb, Mediterranean and the Middle East, and Lurdes Vidal, Area Director for the Arab and Mediterranean World, IEMED.

  • The management of the global pandemic derived from COVID-19 from a Spanish perspective, with Guillermo Corral van Damme, Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Global Spain, and Ángel Rodrigo, Titular Professor of Public International Law, Pompeu Fabra University.


  • Spain and its relations with Latin America, with Rafael Garranzo, General Director for Latin America, and José Antonio Sanahuja, Professor of International Relations, Complutense University of Madrid.



The 2019-2020 Promotion of the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations has had the honor of being the first in many aspects: The first Official Master's promotion, the first Liriodendron tulipifera tree in the CEI ... but, above all, the first to experience many changes due to a global pandemic.


The 2019-2020 Promotion has finished its Master classes in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, adapting perfectly to the 100% online teaching methodology.


They did not resign themselves and asked to celebrate their graduation, how could it be and when could it be: With a mask, reduced capacity, without catering, with a staggered arrival ... and they did it!



With the consent of the Department of Institutional Relations and Protocol of the University of Barcelona, ​​a very special and emotional graduation could be held, following the strict protocol security rules.


The graduation included the parliaments of:


  • Dr. Àngel Pes, Director of the CEI International Affairs


  • Dra. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the CEI


  • Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde, Executive Director of the Master 2019-2020


  • The closing conference by HE. Mr. Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Diplomat and Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.


  • The speech of the students by Mrs. Núria Iglesias Ollé, Delegate for the Human Security Itinerary within the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations.



The CEI will always be your home, good luck in your internships!


Your promotion will never be forgotten!



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