Before becoming director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, Jordi Vaquer Fanés was director of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), one of southern Europe’s most influential international relations think tanks.
Vaquer writes a regular column about international affairs in El País (Spain’s leading newspaper) and edits Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, the Barcelona Centre’s prominent Spanish-language academic journal focusing on international relations. He also provides commentary for other media, and often speaks at international debates and seminars on international affairs and E.U. politics.
Between 2008 and 2011, Vaquer was the coordinator of EU4Seas, a European Commission-funded research program bringing together partner institutions from eight European countries to study the effects of E.U. policies on cooperation among states around the Mediterranean, Baltic, Caspian, and Black seas. Vaquer graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; received a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium; and completed a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics. Currently, he teaches at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies.