The European Union (EU) is a reference point for CIDOB’s research. It considers the debates over the EU’s internal transformation and its role as an international actor, incorporating the idea that today the concept of sovereignty has overflowed state borders to expand both vertically (via membership of supranational organisations and increasing prominence of sub-state entities) and horizontally (wider range of actors and areas of sovereignty).

NEW - Feb 22, 2024

Year II, Ukraine is still fighting

This session of the “What’s going on in the world?” series of conferences takes stock of the two years of total war into which Russian aggression has plunged Ukraine, blowing up, in the process, the entire European and international security architecture.

NEW - Feb 20, 2024

New Horizon Europe Project: InvigoratEU Preparing Europe for its future

From January 1, 2024, InvigoratEU - a new Horizon Europe project coordinated by the EU-Chair at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) together with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin - will examine how the EU can structure its future relations with its eastern neighbours and the countries of the Western Balkans. The Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) is part of this consortium, that will receive around three million euros in funding from the EU over the next three years.

NEW - Feb 22, 2023

Vídeo: Un año de guerra en Ucrania, con Manel Alías, Carmen Claudín y Félix Flores

Esta nueva edición del ciclo de conferencias “¿Qué pasa en el mundo?” reunió a Manel Alías, corresponsal de TV3 y Catalunya Ràdio en Rusia, Félix Flores, reportero internacional para La Vanguardia, y Carmen Claudín, investigadora sénior asociada de CIDOB, para hacer un balance del año transcurrido, analizar los problemas y sopesar las perspectivas.

NEW - Mar 20, 2018

Expert Voices: What is Russia up to?

Series of interviews with Arkady Ostrovsky, Marie Mendras, Andrey Kortunov and Judy Dempsey on the current domestic context in Russia and the international implications of the new mandate of Vladimir Putin

NEW - Oct 27, 2016

On the Present State of the Japanese Economy: A Message to European Economy

On October 24, Dr. Motoshige Itoh, Professor of Economics University of Tokyo and considered by many as the intellectual father of Abenomics, visited CIDOB in the framework of the European-Jaume Arias breakfasts Series, to give a lecture at CIDOB on the current state of the Japanese economy and the major results of Abenomics, the set of economic measures launched by the government of Shinzo Abe for years ago.

NEW - Apr 19, 2016

Violent Radicalization in the EU

 What causes radicalisation? The causes of radicalisation are numerous and the mechanisms are so complex that they need to be broken to be understood.

NEW - May 28, 2015

TTIP Negotiations: Caught between Myth and Reality?

The 27th of May 2015, CIDOB, in collaboration with the United States Consulate General in Barcelona and the support of the Europe for Citizens program, organized a seminar about the TTIP coordinated by Dr. Sangeeta Khorana from Bournemouth University. Jordi Bacaria, director of CIDOB, was the first to take the floor to highlight the strategic importance of the TTIP for the EU and the US and to welcome the participants.

NEW - Dec 24, 2014

Thinking about communication at a European level: Beyond (mis)understandings

Last 15th and 16th December took place at CIDOB a seminar titled “Europe behind (mis)understandings: a critical view by communication students”. The activity, funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, aimed at reflecting on communication from and about Europe, in general, and the European Union (EU), in particular.

  • Atlantic Future


    “Towards an Atlantic area? Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics between Europe, Africa and the Americas”

    The aim of the ATLANTIC FUTURE is to study the rationales of cooperation in the Atlantic area and to suggest strategies to the EU on how to engage with the wider transatlantic relationship in the context of the ongoing redistribution of power and the overall rebalancing of relations around and within the Atlantic space.

  • Raval Project

    The Raval Project

    The Raval Project: Giving a voice to those who could not vote

    In the European countries, there are millions of non-EU citizens, who were not allowed to vote at the European elections. With our research project, we want to understand what these Europeans think about the European Union and give their concerns an outlet.


    The EU and sub-regional multilateralism in Europe’s sea basins

    El proyecto investigó cómo las fuerzas multilaterales pueden ayudar a la UE con sus objetivos, es decir, cómo la multilateral puede complementar l

  • Mipex 2015

    MIPEX 2015

    “Integration policies: Who benefits?”

    The project “ Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates ” (MIPEX 2015) is led by CIDOB, and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). The project aims to inform and engage key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve governance and policy effectiveness relating to the integration of immigrants.

  • Macro-economic Scenarios of Catalonia's Development in Horizon 2030

    Macro-economic Scenarios of Catalonia's Development in Horizon 2030

    Identifying the distinctive political and economical scenarios that Catalonia may have to face should it become and independent country in the horizon 2030

    This study aims at identifying the distinctive political and economical scenarios that Catalonia may have to face should it become and independent country in the horizon 2030.

  • Europe for Citizens

    Europe for Citizens

    In-depth thinking and active citizens’ involvement with regards to European integration debates and the EU’s role in the world

    The programme will carry out research, expert and public debates, thematic or area focused meetings and disseminate publications in various languages in order to contribute to a better understanding of the European project. From a clear Europeanist commitment, the programme will persistently bear in mind what kind of Europe do we want and how the citizens can contribute to this end


    The Open European Dialogue - formerly known as the Mercator European Dialogue – is a politically neutral dialogue platform for Europe’s policymakers, focusing on members of Parliament who value open exchange

  • EPIN_2CU

    Towards a Citizens' Union

    EPIN_2CU aims to contribute to the debate on current EU issues, the future of European integration and provide a thorough understanding of national debates.

  • The Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies

    The Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies

    An initiative across the four Atlantic continents by 10 leading EU-oriented centres

    The Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies is an initiative across the four Atlantic continents by 10 leading EU-oriented centres, many with Jean Monnet professors and based in countries identified by the EU as key ”strategic partners,” to collaborate in interdisciplinary exploration of three emerging pan-Atlantic themes of particular relevance to the EU—energy; commercial interactions; and pan-Atlantic challenges to human security


    Europe's External Action and the Dual Challenges of Limited Statehood and Contested Orders

    EU-LISTCO investigates under which conditions ALS/CO (Areas of Limited Statehood)/(Contested Orders) deteriorate into governance breakdown and violent conflict, turning risks into security threats for Europe.The project also looks into how the preparedness of the EU and its member states can be strengthened to anticipate, prevent, and respond to threats of governance breakdown and violent conflict and to foster resilience in ALS/CO.

  • Sociedad más diversa, ¿sociedad menos solidaria?

    Hablaremos de condiciones y formas de solidaridad, de límites y amenazas, y de la relación de solidaridad entre “propios” y “ajenos”, entre lo interno y lo externo. Repensaremos la solidaridad, contextualizando el concepto en nuevas realidades, interacciones e interdependencias. Paralelamente, proponemos un trabajo crítico a partir de experiencias, fenómenos e intereses para, entre todos, pensadores, planificadores y actores, producir bases de un nuevo horizonte de civismo solidario.


    EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability

    This project studies the past, present and future of differentiated integration models in the European Union’s governance with the aim of facilitating policy-making, problem solving and policy implementation in the EU.

  • Admigov


    Advancing Alternative Migration Governance

    ADMIGOV aims to promote an alternative migration governance model studying the reality of existing polices and practices on the ground.


    Regions for Migrants and Refugees Integration

    The REGIN project analyzes the role of regions in the integration of migrants and refugees in order to establish a framework of actions and tools to verify a successful integration process.


    CAScading Climate risks: towards ADaptive and resilient European Societies

    CASCADES analyzes the impact of climate change on livelihoods, economies and political systems outside Europe, the implications of such impact for Europe and what European foreign policy could do to mitigate associated risks.

  • NIEM


    All in for integration

    The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM), Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection. Conflict situations tend to last longer and it takes currently on average 17 years, before refugees fleeing civil wars may eventually have a chance to return to their home country. Hence, the long-term integration of newly arrived beneficiaries of international protection is without alternative and presents an immediate challenge for European societies.



    Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development

    The project carries out a comprehensive evaluation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in terms of its framework and practice. It analyses the harmonisation which goes beyond the formal institutional setting and takes into account the complex relations among the actors engaged from the local and the national levels, to the European level, in order to explain the success and the failure of coordinated action between these varied actors.

  • Foro Europa Cuba / Jean Monnet Network

    The Europe-Cuba Forum is an initiative that began in 2017 and involves a consortium of 11 leading institutions with consolidated experience in researching Cuban affairs and relations between Europe and Cuba

  • EWSI


    European Web Site on Integration

    The European Web Site on Integration (EWSI) is a portal, which serves to share information and best practices of all member states of the European Union on the integration of immigrants.

  • «Our house, your house »?

    Conditions and paths of access to housing for asylum seekers and refugees in Catalonia

  • Research Study on the Role of Women and Youth in Preventing Violent Extremism

    This project will address the role of women and youth in preventing violent extremism in seven countries: Germany, Spain, France, Jordan, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Tunisia.



    Enhancing visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation

    VIADUCT’s promotes research, teaching and policy dialogue on EU-Turkey relations

  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping geopolitical shifts, regional order and domestic transformations


    Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping geopolitical shifts, regional order and domestic transformations

    The MENARA Project analyses the drivers of change for the regional order in the Middle East and North Africa and the implications of those geopolitical shifts for Europe.



    A comprehensive, integrated and bottom-up approach to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean space, remap the region and reconstruct inclusive, responsive and flexible EU policies in it

    CIDOB participates as a partner in Med-Reset, a project that aims to re-invigorating the partnership between the two shores of the Mediterranean

  • Feuture- The Future of EU-Turkey Relations


    The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios

    CIDOB participates as a partner in a project that will analyse the Future of EU-Turkey relations

  • Estudio América Latina

    Estudio sobre América Latina, el Caribe y Europa Central y Oriental: Potencial para el intercambio económico

    Relaciones entre América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) y los países de Europa Central y Oriental (ECO) pertenecientes a la UE.

    El proyecto intenta brindar un breve análisis sobre las relaciones entre América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) y los países de Europa Central y Oriental (ECO) pertenecientes a la UE.

  • Seminario “La agenda UE-CELAC en tiempos del interregionalismo global. Una visión desde la academia”

    El evento reunió a 31 especialistas para analizar hacia dónde debe evolucionar la asociación estratégica entre la UE y América Latina para adaptarse a los cambios del contexto internacional lleno de incertidumbres en general y en particular la nueva etapa de relación con Cuba.

  • Refugiados: diálogos entre los actores implicados

    El proyecto quiere crear un espacio de diálogo y reflexión entre les diferentes actores implicados en la gestión de la llamada "crisis de los refugiados" en la Unión Europea.

  • Immigrant Citizen Survey


    Comparative survey of 7 European countries

    The IMMIGRANT CITIZENS SURVEY is a comparative survey of 7 European countries, carried out among immigrant citizens. The survey gives a voice to those who ultimately are the recipients of integration policies adopted by the different administrations.

  • DNI's


    Differentiation in the Naturalisation of Immigrants in Spain (DNIs)

    The DNIs project analyzes the effects of the naturalization policies in Spain. It aims to understand the mechanisms by which the procedure creates a differentiating situation both among immigrant collectives as well as within the collectives themselves.



    "Researching Arab Mediterranean Youth: Towards a New Social Contract"

    The SAHWA Project is a FP-7 interdisciplinary collaborative research project led by the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and co-financed by the European Commission as part of its Research Framework Programme.

  • European Trail

    European Trail

    Realidades emergentes en el espacio europeo

    During the trio EU-presidency in 2010-2011 of Spain, Belgium and Hungary, a common project has been initiated to explore, in a multidisciplinary and open reflection, the emergence of Europe in a context of globalization, deterritorialization and complex cultural dynamics. The reflection about contemporary Europe should rise above the level of issues such as identity, ethnic conflicts, the nation state, religious tolerance and essentialist cultural values. The current reality asks for a focus on interactions in multiple contexts and networks – a focus on Europe as an agora of multiple interactions or Europe as a dynamic and complex system’.



    Sowing for pluralistic societies

    Evroseeds is a programme devised by CIDOB to host visiting fellows from the post-Soviet space.

  • Uzbekistan Initiative

    Uzbekistan Initiative

    Many voices, one country

    The Uzbekistan Initiative was launched in early 2014 by the Central Asia Program (CAP) at George Washington University and CIDOB.

  • Sharpedem-EU


    Rethinking and Reshaping the EU’s Democracy Support in its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood

    The project sets out to rethink, reshape, and review the EU’s democracy support policies in its Eastern & Southern Neighbourhoods. Conceiving democracy support as a social practice requiring the collective democractic learning of all stakeholders involved, the project’s consortium will pilot test a Democracy Learning Loop to create new channels and tools for interaction between the EU and its neighbours.



    Rebuilding governance and resilience out of the pandemic

    The project seeks to provide the European Union with a body of actionable advice on how to rebuild post-pandemic governance and public policies in an effective and democratic way.


    Dignity For Irregular Migrants in EU Farm2Fork Labour Markets

    DignityFIRM aims to contribute to improving conditions of irregular migrants working in Farm to Fork (F2F) labour markets by analysing regulatory infrastructures that govern these conditions.

  • DigiDem-EU

    Digital Democracies: At the intersection between technology, democracy and rights in the EU

    DigiDem-EU is a project consisting of a cross-cutting effort to integrate the democratic challenges of the digital transformation into CIDOB’s current work on the European Union. DigiDem-EU project aims to analyse, discuss, and build citizens’ understanding and awareness on how technology impacts EU democracy, politics, civic engagement, and citizens’ rights.

  • InvigoratEU

    Invigorating Enlargement And Neighbourhood Policy For A Resilient Europe

    The Project investigates how can the EU invigorate its enlargement and neighbourhood policy to enhance Europe's resilience


    Detecting and Countering Information Suppression from A Transnational Perspective

    Over the last few years, Foreign Information Manipulation and Interference (FIMI) has grown into a significant threat to democracies worldwide. Against this, the project aims to provide novel insights, categories, concepts, measurements and empirical results, to help counter FIMI and information suppression in the EU and partner countries.