Rafael Estrella

Deputy Chairman

Rafael Estrella (Almería, 1950) is Deputy Chairman of the Elcano Royal Institute and Chairman of the Ibero-American Network of International Studies (RIBEI). He has a degree in Geography and History from the University of Granada. He has been a Senator (1979-93), a member of the Congress of Deputies (1993-2006) representing the province of Granada and a member of the European Parliament (1986-87). As a Foreign Affairs expert, he chaired the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and was Speaker of the Socialist Group in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Congress of Deputies. He was President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (2000-02). Between 2007 and 2012, Rafael Estrella was the Spanish Ambassador to Argentina.

He has written numerous articles in journals and collective works on the Mediterranean and Middle East, European Security and Transatlantic Relations, the EU-Mercosur partnership and Public Diplomacy. He was the first Spanish member of parliament to open a personal website (1996).

Other contact information: Rafael Estrella’s Blog.