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Charles Powell (Madrid, 1960) holds a degree in History and Literature and a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford, where he was a History lecturer at Corpus Christi College, the J.A. Pye Research Fellow at University College and a research fellow at St. Antony’s College, to which he still has ties as a member of the Senior Common Room.
From 1997 to 2000 he was deputy director of the European Studies programme of the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, and was later appointed deputy director of the Spanish Centre for International Relations (CERI) of the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset. Since 2002 he has taught Contemporary History at the Universidad CEU San Pablo. In 2011 he was appointed a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He is currently director of the Elcano Royal Institute and second vice president of the Fundación Transición Española.
He has mainly devoted his academic career to studying both the domestic and foreign aspects of the political history of contemporary Spain. His numerous published works include El piloto del cambio. El rey, la monarquía y la transición a la democracia (1991), España en Democracia, 1975-2000 (2001), Adolfo Suárez. El Presidente que se hizo a sí mismo (2004) and El amigo americano. España y EE.UU. de la dictadura a la democracia (2011).See interview