Carola García-Calvo

Senior Analyst
12 articles published

Carola García-Calvo is a Senior Analyst in the Programme on Violent Radicalisation and Global Terrorism at the Elcano Royal Institute and Associate Professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), both in Madrid. She is also Scientific Coordinator of the EU-Horizon 2020 Project ‘Developing a comprehensive approach to violent radicalisation in the EU from early understanding to improving protection’, MINDb4ACT. She holds a PhD with honours in Political Science from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), an MA in Democracy and Government from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), an MA in Globalisation from the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset and an MA in Foreign Affairs from Manchester University.

Extraordinary Doctoral Prize (2019), Member of the Advisory Board of the International Counter-terrorism Youth Network (ICTYN), Member of the Advisory Board of the UN International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders in Málaga, UNITAR/CIFAL-Málaga, Police Merit Medal (white ribbon, 2017) and Beneficiary of the US Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on European Security and Defence, 2016.

Research areas: Global Terrorism and counterterrorism, processes of violent radicalisation in the Western world, preventing violent radicalisation, and de-radicalisation strategies, programmes and policies, with a particular focus on the specific role of women.

Selected publications: Yihadismo y yihadistas en España. Quince años después del 11-M (with Fernando Reinares and Álvaro Vicente. Elcano Royal Institute, 2019); Estado Islámico en España (with Fernando Reinares. Elcano Royal Institute, 2016), ‘Moroccans and the second generation among Jihadists in Spain’ (with Fernando Reinares, 2018), ‘Spaniards, you are going to suffer: the inside story of the August 2017 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils’ (CTC Sentinel, 2018), ‘Differential association explaining Jihadi radicalization in Spain: a quantitative study’ (with Fernando Reinares & Álvaro Vicente, CTC Sentinel, 2017), ‘The role of the Internet in the Jihadist mobilisation of women in Spain’ (Vox-Pol Blog, 2017), ‘There is no life without jihad and no jihad without hijrah’: the jihadist mobilisation of women in Spain, 2014-16 (Elcano Royal Institute analysis, 2017), “Ciudades resilientes a la amenaza del terrorismo yihadista. “This is a place where we stand strong together” (Elcano Blog, 2017); ‘Patterns of involvement among individuals arrested for Islamic State-related terrorist activities in Spain, 2013-2016’ (with Fernando Reinares, Perspectives on Terrorism, 2016), Yihadismo en España: pautas, cambios y continuidad desde el 11-M  (Elcano Blog, 2016); Boko Haram, el rayo que no cesa (Elcano Blog, 2015), Las mujeres del Estado Islámico (Elcano Royal Institute, 2015), and El papel de las mujeres en la yihad Global (Revista de Occidente, 2015).


  • 9th Elcano Forum on Global Terrorism  “Terrorism-related extremisms in the West: Emerging and persisting challenges” (2022)
  • EUTEx Living Lab in Madrid (2022)

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