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Álvaro de Vasconcelos
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Álvaro de Vasconcelos has been Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies since May 2007.

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.

He has served as special advisor to the Portuguese government on defence and home affairs, and published abundantly on European and international politics. 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 world order, such as Portugal: A European Story, La PESC: Ouvrir l’Europe au Monde, The European Union, Mercosur and the New World Order, and A European Strategy for the Mediterranean. Edited the Chaillot Paper Partnerships for effective multilateralism – EU relations with Brazil, China, India and Russia and the EUISS Report The EU and the world in 2009 – European perspectives on the new American foreign policy agenda, edited and contributed in the EUISS Report The European Security Strategy 2003-2008 – Building on common interests, contributed in the EUISS Report Union for the

Mediterranean – Building on the Barcelona acquis. Contributed and edited the book What ambitions for European defence in 2020 and contributed and edited with Mr. Marcin Zaborowski the book The Obama Moment – European and American perspectives.

He took up several lecturing and teaching engagements in European and American

Universities and has taken part in many conferences as a speaker and key-note speaker. He serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several European specialised journals and policy research institutes.

He is also a regular contributor to the Portuguese written press, radio and television, and a frequent contributor to the European press. His syndicated articles (Project Syndicate) appear in many reference newspapers worldwide.

Álvaro de Vasconcelos is a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur (France) and a Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil). He is married to Maria do Rosário de Moraes Vaz, Director of Programmes at the IEEI, Lisbon. They have three daughters.