Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Director of the Centre for International Historical Studies at the University of Barcelona (UB) till September 2016. Specialized in conflict analysis, he has authored and edited numerous books and research articles: Más allá del islam (Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 2001); Aproximació al món islàmic. Des dels orígens fins als nostres dies (Edicions UOC - Pòrtic, Barcelona, 2002); Irak en la encrucijada (RBA, Madrid, 2003); Senyors i vassalls del segle XXI (La Campana, Barcelona, 2004); Euskadi: crònica d’una desesperança (L’Avenç, Barcelona, 2009); Hablemos de reconciliación (Universitat de Barcelona, 2013); “The Spanish Transition and the Arab Spring” Euromesco paper, 12 (IEMED, Barcelona, 2012); Estados Unidos, el islam y el nuevo orden mundial (2013); y Soldiers, Bombs and Rifles: Military History of the 20th Century (2013); «From Cold War to Asymmetric Conflicts: Players, Values and Characteristics of Wars in the Second Half of 20th Century (1945-2012)» (2013); «Els orígens d'Estat Islàmic» (2015); «La crisi dels refugiats i els nous conflictes armats» (2016); «Del Acuerdo Sykes-Picot al Estado Islámico» (2016), «The End of two-party system in Spain?» (2016) y «L’ascens de l’extrema dreta i l’amenaça de la islamofòbia» (2016). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Casa Árabe- International Institute of Arabic Studies and the Muslim World (2006-2012), and a member of the Governing Body of the Catalan International Institute for Peace (ICIP) (2008-2011). He is the Director of the journal Índice Histórico Español. He has been commissioned several exhibitions about the Republic, the Civil War in Catalonia and Spain, the Arab World and Islam. He has been a guest lecturer in various Spanish and international universities and institutions. He regularly appears on various media (press, radio and television).
Pol Morillas is Director of CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). He is a political scientist, holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has taught at several universities, including the UAB, Blanquerna and ESADE. He is also a member of the Observatori de Política Exterior Europea (IBEI). Previously, he has been Head of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies field at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), Coordinator of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU, and Advisor on External Action at the European Parliament. His numerous published research papers for academic journals and think tanks, like his opinion pieces, cover global dynamics, European integration, European foreign policy and Euro-Mediterranean relations, among other subjects. His latest book is Strategy-Making in the EU. From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and he as co-directed the documentary ‘Bouncing Back: world politics after the pandemic’ (2021), which proposes a reflection on the dynamics of conflict and opportunities for international cooperation in the post-Covid-19 world. He has also participated in several H2020 research projects such as MENARA, FEUTURE, MEDRESET, EU-LISTCO, EU IDEA and JOINT and collaborates with other think tanks and international organisations. He regularly collaborates with various media outlets (press, radio and TV) as a European and international affairs analyst.
Graduate in Economics and Master’s in European Economy from the College of Europe in Bruges. She was director of the Tarragona Delegation of the Patronat Català Pro Europa, and subsequently became the first director of the Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament. She is a member of the board of the Liga Europea de Cooperación Económica and the Institut Catalunya Àfrica. Her areas of interest are: European integration and decentralised cooperation.
She has a Bachelors Degree in Administration and Business Management from Pompeu Fabra University. She has Postgraduate Diplomas in Auditing, in Regional and Local Administration: Finance, Budget and Accounting and in Regional Administration: advanced economical management from Barcelona University. She is registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Association of Legal Accountants of Catalonia (Col·legi de Censors Jurats de Comptes de Catalunya) and the Institute of Legal Accountants of Spain (Instituto de Censores Jurados de Cuentas de España). She was accounts auditor of the Public Sector, the Private Sector and the Third Sector. Later, she was part of the team of Intervention and of the Economic and Financial departments of different local public entities and of the Generalitat de Catalunya.