María Solanas

Director of Programmes
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María Solanas Cardin is Director of Programmes at the Elcano Royal Institute. She has a BA in Sociology & Political Science and a BA in Journalism from the Madrid’s Complutense University. Previously she was Executive Adviser on International Affairs at the Spanish Prime Minister Office (2004-11), and was responsible for Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to immigration and human rights. She has been Coordinator of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party Secretariat for International Relations (2003-04), having earlier been responsible for European Union, Central and Eastern Europe and former URSS countries (1993-2003). Between 2012 and 2014 she cooperated actively with the Institute of Latin American Studies (IELAT) at the University of Alcalá. She has attended the Public Management Leadership Program at the IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra in 2008-09 and took part in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program in 2008.

Research areas: Spanish foreign policy. In recent years she has also worked on gender issues, global governance, EU-Latin America relations and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Selected publications: América Latina: sociedad, economía y seguridad en un mundo global (VVAA, Marcial Pons, Madrid, 2013); Igualdad de género y política exterior española (EEE, nº 21/2014, Real Instituto Elcano).

Other contact information: Blog María Solanas.


  • 9th Elcano Forum on Global Terrorism  “Terrorism-related extremisms in the West: Emerging and persisting challenges” (2022)
  • Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Today’s Geopolitical Context (2022)
  • Presentation of a study on "Spanish language education in South Korea: towards a new scenario?" (2022)
  • First Elcano Royal Institute - Chatham House Seminar (2022)

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