Charles Powell


Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies.

Director of the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies (Madrid) since 2012, and Professor of Spanish Contemporary History at CEU San Pablo University (Madrid) since 2001. Prior to settling in Spain in 1997, he was Lecturer in History at Corpus Christi College (Oxford), J. A. Pye Fellow at University College (Oxford), and Junior Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College (Oxford). He is the autor of six books and numerous articles on Spanish history, politics and foreign policy. He holds a BA in History and Modern Languages from Oxford University, where he also obtained a D. Phil for a thesis on Spain’s transition to democracy. Among his publications, Piloto del cambio (1991 Juan Carlos of Spain. Self-made monarch (1996), which was published in Spain as Juan Carlos. Un Rey para la democracia (1995); España en Democracia, 1975-2000 (2001), Adolfo Suárez, el presidente que se hizo a sí mismo (2006). His latest book is El amigo americano. España y Estados Unidos: de la dictadura a la democracia (2011). In the course of his academic career, Charles Powell has lectured in over thirty countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.