Fernando Reinares

Fernando Reinares, Distinguished Research Associate at the Elcano Royal Institute
Distinguished Research Associate
33 articles published

Fernando Reinares is Distinguished Research Associate at the Elcano Royal Institute, Professor of Political Science and Security Studies at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Wilson Center Global Fellow, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Contributing Editor of the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and member of the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political ViolencePerspectives on TerrorismCultures et ConflitsSécurité Globale, and Segurança e Defesa. Advisor to the Global Center on Cooperative Security (New York) and the Center for Terrorism Research Bangladesh (Dhaka). He is also member of the Professional Advisory Board of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (Herzliya, Israel), the Network of European Experts on Terrorism (NEET) of the Fondation pour la recherche strategique (Paris), the academic research network of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, the executive committee of the International Counter Terrorism Academic Commutity (ICTAC) and the Center of Excellence RAN (Radicalization Awareness Network) of the European Commission.

He was the first President of the Expert Group on Violent Radicalization of the European Commission (2007-2009) and adviser for counterterrorism policy issues at the Spanish Ministry of the Interior (2004 and 2006). He has received several awards and academic honours such as the Extraordinary Doctoral Award, the Postdoctoral Prize of the College of Doctors and Graduates in Political Science and Sociology, the Justice and Peace Award, and the Award for Research Excellence in Social and Legal Sciences (granted by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos for the first time in its twenty years of history). He was also decorated with the Cross of Military Merit (2009) and the Police Merit Cross (2012). In 2016 he was appointed Riojano Ilustre, the highest distinction that the Government of La Rioja granted to people.

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Selected publications: The Evolution of the Global Terrorism Threat (Nueva York: Columbia University Press, 2014), ¡Matadlos! Quién estuvo detrás del 11-M y por qué se atentó en España (Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2014); Las democracias occidentales frente al terrorismo global (Barcelona: Ariel, 2008); Terrorismus Global. Aktionsfeld Europa (Hamburg: Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 2005); El Nuevo Terrorismo Islamista. Del 11-S al 11-M (Madrid: Temas de Hoy, 2004); Terrorismo Global (Madrid: Taurus, 2003); Patriotas de la Muerte. Quiénes han militado en ETA y por qué (Madrid: Taurus, primea edición de 2001, 7ª edición ampliada de 2011); European Democracies Against Terrorism. Governmental Policies and Intergovernmental Cooperation, (Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2000); Terrorismo y antiterrorismo (Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós, 1998; 2001).


  • Roundtable ‘Jihadism and Terrorism in Spain, 20 Years After 11-M’ (2024)
  • 9th Elcano Forum on Global Terrorism  “Terrorism-related extremisms in the West: Emerging and persisting challenges” (2022)

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