The Elcano Royal Institute is a think-tank for international and strategic studies that analyses world events and trends from a Spanish, European and global perspective. The Institute was established in 2001 as a private foundation under the honorary presidency of H.M the King. Its Board of Trustees comprises prominent figures linked to Spanish foreign policy and representatives of both the companies that fund the Institute and of the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Defence, Education, Culture and Sport, and Economy and Trade. Under its Chairman, Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, and Director, Charles Powell, the Elcano Royal Institute focuses on both specific topics and geographical areas. Among the former are energy and climate change, security and defence, international terrorism, Spain’s image abroad, and demography and migrations; the latter include Europe, the Atlantic world, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and North Africa and the Middle East. The Institute has a stable team of highly-qualified analysts along with a wide-ranging network of contributors and associate experts. The Institute’s work is made available in a wide range of publications, all of which are also freely accessible on our website. Furthermore, the Institute organises frequent working groups, seminars and conferences on topics of current interest. Participation in leading international networks and projects enhances its external projection and outreach.
The Elcano Royal Institute’s organisational structure is designed to enable it to fulfil its mission and objectives. Its various governing bodies aim to provide a balance between public and private interests. The Institute’s senior body is the Board of Trustees, which oversees compliance with its goals and objectives, and exercises its duties either in plenary session or through an appointed Executive Committee. The Institute also has a Business Advisory Council and a Scientific Council. The Board of Trustees was established on 27 December 2001 under the honorary presidency of HRH the Prince of Asturias, and currently H.M the King is the Chairman of Honour. Emilio Lamo de Espinosa is the Chairman and Rafael Estrella is the Deputy Chairman. The Board of Trustees is composed in such a way as to balance public and private interests on the one hand and the interests of government and opposition on the other. Former Prime Ministers Felipe González, José María Aznar and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero are ex officio members, as are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Defence, Education, Culture and Sport, and Economy and Competitiveness together with the chairmen of the Institute’s leading corporate funders. The Board of Trustees has one trustee nominated by the leading opposition party. Academics and other leading representatives of Spanish cultural and social life also participate as elected members of the Board. It should be pointed out that the composition of the Board of Trustees is by no means definitive and may well expand to include new members, either as a result of the appearance of new corporate funders, or of the wish to make the Board more widely representative. The Board -which meets in ordinary session at least twice a year- carries the highest responsibilities within the Institute, including those of representation, governance and administration. Among other duties it approves the research programme, the budget, the accounts and the annual report. It also appoints the Executive Committee, the Secretary and the Director. It appoints new trustees and, at the proposal of the Executive Committee, members of the Scientific Council.
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