Experts & Staff

José Ignacio Torreblanca

Head, ECFR Madrid
Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Technology and geopolitics, EU strategic autonomy; disinformation and influence operations


Spanish, English


José Ignacio Torreblanca is a senior policy fellow and head of the Madrid office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a position he has held since the launch of ECFR across Europe in 2007.  Torreblanca is also Professor of Political Science at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid.

He is a weekly columnist in EL MUNDO as author of the blog “Café Steiner” and a weekly contributor on RNE (Spanish National Radio) and RTVE. Previously, he was Editorial Director of EL PAIS where he also authored a weekly column in the International Section and a blog.

Torreblanca holds a PhD in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Losing the ‘good’ war

Afghanistan was always the ?good? war and Iraq, the bad one. But what if Bush?s legacy becomes losing the good war and winning the bad one?

Spheres of influence

Russia may be tempted to believe that it has succeeded in Georgia, but it has in fact further isolated itself and helped Europe unite

Kosovo: precedent or excuse?

When dealing with Moscow, EU leaders should not accept the parallelism between Kosovo and Ossetia

What to do next with Russia

The EU faces a tough dilemma: sanctions would further isolate Russia but a ?business as usual’ approach would send the wrong signal

Ossetia farce

Moscow’s decision to recognize Georgia’s breakaway regions is a profound challenge to Europe’s security architecture

EU defence: the numbers don’t add up

The EU collectively spends an annual 200 billion euro on defence but squanders most of it on Cold War-style armies

Who is afraid of a ruthless Europe?

A survey carried out after the Irish referendum outlines a very worrying landscape for the future of European integration

The Naked Emperor

An analysis of the Irish ‘no’ to the Lisbon Treaty, published in El Pais. In Spanish and English

The prospect of an Irish ‘no’

The rejection of Lisbon by Irish voters would upset the delicate balance which has kept the much buffeted European ship afloat



Showdown: What to expect from Spain’s general election

While Spain’s People’s Party leads the polls, obscure alliances and voter concerns leave the country’s future direction – and its impact on next year’s European Parliament elections – uncertain

Ukraine one year on: When tech companies go to war

The war in Ukraine has reinforced the strategic role of global tech giants in defence and security policy. NATO and the EU should learn from this as they try to deter future aggressors

Why Ukraine has won the right to join NATO

The new European security order should be based on Ukraine’s security, not Russia’s. This will require Ukraine to join NATO and the EU

Views from the capitals: Russia’s war on Ukraine

The conflict in Ukraine will change Europe forever. Experts from across ECFR’s network of offices describe the view of the war from Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia, and Warsaw

The virtual front line: How EU tech power can help Ukraine

The EU cannot play a direct military role in Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. But, through its support for Ukraine in the digital realm, the union can establish itself as a leader in global tech geopolitics



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