The Elcano Royal Institute is a think-tank for international and strategic studies that analyses world events and trends from a Spanish, European and global perspective.

The Institute was established in 2001 as a private foundation under the honorary presidency of H.M the King. Its Board of Trustees comprises prominent figures linked to Spanish foreign policy and representatives of both the companies that fund the Institute and of the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Defence, Education, Culture and Sport, and Economy and Trade.

Real Instituto Elcano / Elcano Royal Institute

Under its Chairman, Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, and Director, Charles Powell, the Elcano Royal Institute focuses on both specific topics and geographical areas. Among the former are energy and climate change, security and defence, international terrorism, Spain’s image abroad, and demography and migrations; the latter include Europe, the Atlantic world, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and North Africa and the Middle East.

The Institute has a stable team of highly-qualified analysts along with a wide-ranging network of contributors and associate experts.

The Institute’s work is made available in a wide range of publications, all of which are also freely accessible on our website. Furthermore, the Institute organises frequent working groups, seminars and conferences on topics of current interest. Participation in leading international networks and projects enhances its external projection and outreach.