Global geopolitics and security


This strategic line focuses on analysis and foresight of cooperation and conflict dynamics, as well as the actors and institutions with global reach. It focuses on the intersection between regional contexts and global dynamics to analyse transnational drivers of change and global (re)ordering processes.

NEW - Jul 17, 2017

Resilient Cities

Cities have become the main target of Jihadist Salafist terrorism. Recent attacks in Paris (2015), Copenhagen (2015), Brussels (2016), Nice (2016), Stockholm (2017) and London (2017) have demonstrated the harm that terrorism can cause to the cohesion of European societies and have triggered a debate on how cities must respond to the increasing threat of violent extremism. CIDOB and the Universidad de St Andrews organised the conference "Resilient Cities: Countering Violent Extremism at Local Level" in which international experts answered the following question: What does an effective programme of counter-radicalization at local level look like?



NEW - Jan 25, 2016

Conference Report: Iran and the World: Issues and Perspectives

The 14th War and  Peace in the 21st Century seminar, held at the Palau de Pedralbes on January 16th 2016, organised by CIDOB and the Barcelona City Council in collaboration with ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Politics and supported by “la Caixa” Foundation assessed the current domestic context in Iran and the regional implications of the implementation of the nuclear deal reached with the international community.

NEW - Nov 30, 2015

A transformed Atlantic Space: Emerging trends and future scenarios for Europe

On December 10th, Brussels will host the final dissemination event of the Atlantic Future, a 3-year collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme that has been coordinated by CIDOB and developed by a consortium of 13 partners during a period of 36 months, from January 2013 to December 2015.


    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.


    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.


    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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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


    CIDOB-OCP Policy Center partnership project

    The CIDOB-OCP Policy Center partnership project deals with the Western Mediterranean Cooperation and Integration Potential. Within this framework it focuses on sustainable agriculture, food security and the water-energy-food nexus in particular.



    Rural Development, Food Security and Political Stability in Iraq

    Rural Development, Food Security and Political Stability in Iraq (RUDEFOPOS-IRAQ) is a project that is funded by a Marie Curie grant of the European Commission. It analyzes current challenges of food security in Iraq, opinions about such challenges among Iraqi academics and experts and the history of the multilateral UN embargo against Iraq in the 1990s based on Iraqi archival sources.

  • 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



    "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.



    Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: Regional Perspectives

    The Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: Regional Perspectives policy research project (2011-2014*) explores the main sources of tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan and regional actors’ roles in relation to these.


    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dialogue after Peace

    A Gender Perspective on Track Two Dialogues in Colombia, Kosovo, and the Philippines

  • Post-war Europe

    How to rebuild our security architecture?

    On the 35th anniversary of the Charter of Paris and the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Accords, this project aims to reflect on the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Europe and Europe’s security architecture. In this context, European governments are likely to put under scrutiny the achievements and failures of Europe's security architecture and will be seeking for solutions to overcome the deep divides in existing institutions that shape this architecture.