Ignacio Molina

Ignacio Molina A. de Cienfuegos, Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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Ignacio Molina is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the same university, an MA in Social Sciences from the Juan March Institute (Madrid), a Master’s in EU Law and two BA in Law and Political Science from the University of Granada. He has been visiting fellow at several universities: Trinity College Dublin, Harvard (as a Fulbright scholar) and Oxford. He has lectured or presented papers in more than 30 graduate centres and policy institutes and has participated in more than 20 national and international research projects.​ He has served as an external expert or consultant to several institutions including the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Spanish Council of State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Spanish Institute for Public Administration (INAP) or the Bertelsmann Foundation.

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Research areas: his areas of interest and expertise include the foreign and EU policy of Spain, the future of the European Union, the Europeanisation of Spain’s politics and government, the analysis of the State’s institutional capacity and the quality of governance in Spain. His most recent research has focused on the effects of the euro debt crisis on the integration process and the prospects of political union, the policy formation and influence of Spain within the EU policy process, the strategic reform of the Spanish external action, or the improvement of executive governance in advanced democracies.

Selected publications: he is the author of many publications, including books, chapters in comparative volumes and articles in academic journals (among others, Public AdministrationRegional and Federal StudiesRevista de Estudios Políticos or Revue Française d’Administration Publique). He has authored contributions on Spain in edited volumes dealing with core executive coordination (Macmillan), coordination of EU affairs (Oxford University Press), high civil service (Oxford University Press), the Foreign Ministry (Palgrave Macmillan), the European External Action Service (Ashgate), the role of Governments in legislative agenda setting (Routledge), or the participation of national parliament in EU affairs (Palgrave). More generally, he has written as well on national governments and European Union (Edward Elgar and Dekker).


  • Elcano Policy Paper “Spain in the World in 2024: perspectives and challenges” (2024)
  • Spanish Pre-Presidency Conference (2023)
  • Roundtable “The war in Ukraine, year two” (2023)
  • Presentation of the Elcano Policy Paper “España en el mundo en 2023: perspectivas y desafíos” (2023)
  • Debate “The future of Europe” (2022)
  • Roundtable "Presidential elections in France: consequences for Europe and the world" (2022)
  • Conference ‘The European Union and its neighbours’ (2022)
  • First Elcano Royal Institute - Chatham House Seminar (2022)
  • Roundtable “Spain, the Netherlands, and the future of Europe” (2021)

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