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Pol Morillas Bassedas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)


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 has 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.

Background and education

  • (2017) PhD Politics, Policies and International Relations, UAB
  • (2008) MSc International Relations, LSE
  • (2005) Undergraduate Degree in Political and Administration Sciences


  • 2021Special Prize Award. Link
  • 2008Distinction, LSE International Relations Department

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Cercle d'Economia, Member of the Board


Research interests

  • International Relations
  • European integration
  • European Union foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics

Selected publications

  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol (coord.)

    2022.What role should southern Europe play after the pandemic and the war in Ukraine? Towards a shared agenda for EU reform.CIDOB Notes Internacionals,271LinkLogo open access
  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol.2021.Afghanistan, AUKUS and European Strategic Autonomy.JONT Policy Brief,4LinkLogo open access
  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol.2021.Connecting Politics and Society: A Way Forward for Think Tanks.In:

    McGann, James

    The Future of Think Tanks and Policy Advice Around the World.Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN:978-3030603786,pp: 59-62.Link
  • Bargués, Pol; Morillas Bassedas, Pol

    2021.From democratization to fostering resilience: EU intervention and the challenges of building institutions, social trust, and legitimacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Democratization,DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2021.1900120LinkLogo open access
  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol.2020.Europa: ideal, realidad y destino.Política Exterior,nº. 197 (septiembre-octubre)LinkLogo open access
  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol.2020.Sociedad Internacional.In:

    Pendás, Benigno

    Enciclopedia de las ciencias morales y políticas para el siglo XXI.Madrid:AEBOE y Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas,pp: 472-474.
  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol.2020.Autonomy in intergovernmentalism: the role of de novo bodies in external action during the making of the EU Global Strategy.Journal of European Integration,DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2019.1666116LinkLogo open access
  • Morillas Bassedas, Pol.2019.Strategy-Making in the EU. From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action.London:Palgrave Macmillan.Link
  • Barbé, EstherMorillas, Pol

    2019.The EU global strategy: the dynamics of a more politicized and politically integrated foreign policy.Cambridge Review of International Affairs,DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2019.1588227LinkLogo open access