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Manuel Montobbio

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Diplomat and Doctor in Political Science


Doctor in Political Science by the Authonomous University of Barcelona, Master in Advanced European Studies by the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and in Law and in Economics by the University of Barcelona. A Career Diplomat since 1987, he is currently the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the Council of Europe. He has been Ambassador of Spain in Andorra and the first resident Ambassador of Spain in Albania; and has been posted at the Embassies of Spain in San Salvador, Jakarta, Mexico and Guatemala. He has hold, among other positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, those of Ambassador ad Large, responsible of the Action Plan for the promotion of Spanish presence in International Organization, Ambassador ad Large for the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Director of the Planning and Evaluation Office of the Secretary of State for Cooperation and Senior Adviser at the Policy Planning Office. He has also carried out an academic and research career. Author of the books Estilites d’Andorra/Estilitas de andorra (2019), Ideas chinas. El ascenso global de China y la Teoría de las Relaciones internacionales (2017), Búnkeres (2015), Mundo. Una geografía poética (2013), Tiempo diplomático (2012), Guía poética de Albania (2011), Salir del Callejón del Gato, La deconstrucción de Oriente y Occidente y la gobernanza global (2008) and La metamorfosis del Pulgarcito. Transición política y proceso de paz en El Salvador (1999)and of several publications on peace processes, international and intercultural relations, political transitions and compared politics, he has been Professor and lectured postgraduate courses at different universities.

Background and education

  • (1998) Doctor in Political Science, UAB
  • (1987) Spanish Career Diplomat, Diplomatic School Madrid
  • (1986) Master in Advanced European Studies, The College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium)
  • (1985) Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas, UB
  • (1985) Licenciado en Derecho, UB

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Member of the Academic Council of FLACSO Spain
  • Member of the Consultative Council of CEI Bcn (Barcelona Center of International Affairs)
  • Latin American Studies Association


Research interests

  • Peace building and peace processes
  • Democracy and political change processes
  • international and intercultural relations, shifting paradigms and global governance

Selected publications

  • Montobbio, Manuel.2017.Ideas chinas. El ascenso global de China y la Teoría de las Relaciones Internacionales.Barcelona:Icaria.
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2016.El proceso de incorporación de la Unidad Revolucionaria nacional Guatemalteca (URNG) y la construcción de la paz en Guatemala.Documento de Trabajo 17/2016, Real Instituto Elcano,Diciembre 2016
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2015.Búnkeres.Barcelona:Icaria (col. Literaria no. 56).
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2014.La geopolítica del pensamiento. Think tanks y Política Exterior.Monografy. Real Instituto Elcano,January 2014
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2012.La metamorfosis del Pulgarcito. Transición política y proceso de paz en El Salvador.Barcelona:Icaria-FLACSO (colección Antrazyt no. 130), 1999. Electronic Edition 2012.
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2012.Tiempo diplomático.Barcelona:Icaria (col. La mirada esférica no. 15).
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2010.Transiciones en el espejo. Una aproximación comparada a los procesos de transformación democrática de España y Albania.Madrid:AECID.
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2009.Indonesia en transformación.Barcelona, documentos CIDOB,serie Asia, nº 24, July 2009
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2008.Salir del Callejón del Gato. La deconstrucción de Oriente y Occidente y la gobernanza global.Barcelona:Icaria (colección Antrazyt no. 274).
  • Montobbio, Manuel.2004.Triangulando la triangulación España/Europa-América Latina-Asia Pacífico.Barcelona, documentos CIDOB,serie Asia, nº 8, December 2004
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