Álvaro de Vasconcelos is Associate Senior Researcher at the Arab Reform Initiative where he is the director of several projects related to constitutional reform and the management of security in times of transition. He is also the Steering Committee Coordinator of the Global Governance Group (GG10). From 2014 to 2015, he was visiting professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. From 2007 to 2012, he was Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris. He co-founded the Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais (IEEI) in Lisbon in 1981 and was its director until 2007. He has written and edited numerous books, articles and reports on foreign policy, common security policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations and the new world order. His most recent book, La vague démocratique arabe – L’Europe et la question islamiste, was published in 2014. Mr de Vasconcelos is a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor (France) and Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil).