International Affairs and Foreign Policy Institute

INCIPE (Spain)

The International Affairs and Foreign Policy Institute (INCIPE) is a private Foundation, non-profit and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Culture (Ministerial Order, June 20, 1988). The Institute arose as the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CEPE) and it assumed its current name in 1991 following the merger with the INCI (Institute for International Affairs, founded in 1979), chaired by Ambassador Antonio Garrigues y Díaz Cañabate. Since its foundation, INCIPE has been led by José María de Areilza (former Minister of Foreign Affairs), Eduardo Serra Rexach (former Minister of Defence) and José Lladó Fernández-Urrutia (Ambassador of Spain, former Minister of Trade and Transport and Communications, and at present founder and Chairman of TÉCNICAS REUNIDAS, S.A.). INCIPE<´s main objective is to conduct research and debates on the problems of Spanish foreign policy and contemporary international relation, with special attention to the security and defence studies. INCIPE is the only one institute in Spain specialize in disarmament, non-proliferation of WMD and arms control, with a broad and active program of conferences, debates and research on that issues (“Future of the non-proliferation regimes”; “Responding to the alleged use of Biological Weapons”; “Non-state actors and nuclear proliferation”; “New Lines for Action by the Europe Union in Combating the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction"; “The Spanish Pharmaceutical and Biotechnological Industry and the BWC Review”; “Post-Conflict Actions: Cleaning of war explosives, eliminating resulting surpluses and humanitarian action”, among others). One can accede to programs and main results of these and other relevant activities in the security and defence domain in the INCIPE’s website. Although INCIPE actively collaborates with the Spanish Foreign Affairs and Defence ministries, the Foundation maintains an independent position from any political party or interest group, and involves in its activities collaborators and experts stemming from distinct professional and political perspectives.

Contact information

Instituto de Cuestiones Internacionales y Política Exterior - INCIPE

Alberto Aguilera 7
28015 Madrid

Tel: +34 91 445 58 47/48
Fax: +34 91 445 74 89

The team

Mónica Colomer de Selva - Associate Senior
Tel: +34 91 445 58 39 - Fax: +34 91 445 74 89


Mónica Colomer de Selva is a Spanish Diplomat. Her career has included positions in the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad, as Deputy Head of Mission of the Spanish Embassies in Haiti and Lithuania.  From August 2009 to August 2011, he was Counsellor for Non Proliferation and Disarmament at the Non Proliferation and Disarmament Department of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, she was in charge of the EU Non Proliferation Working Group (CONOP)-related issues and work actively in the definition of national policies and the implementation of international instruments related to controlling WMD proliferation and other non proliferation and disarmament-related issues. During the Spanish Presidency of the EU in the first semester of 2010, she was involved in the coordination and definition of the EU position in this field and especially with respect to the 2010 NPT Review Conference.


  • Arms Control and nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime (NPT, CTBT, Fiss-Ban, IAEA)
  • Export Controls (NSG, Australia Group, MTCR)
  • EU New Lines for Action in Combating the Proliferation of  WMD

Vicente Garrido Rebolledo - Director
Tel: +34 91 445 58 39 - Fax: +34 91 445 74 89


Vicente Garrido (Spain, received his PhD degree in International Public Law and International Relations from the Complutense University Madrid in 1995. Doctoral dissertation title: "The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: Participation and Implications for Spain". Doctor Magnum Cum Laude by Unanimity. M.A. in Political Sciences, Complutense University, Madrid (Graduated Magnum Cum Laude). Current assignment: Professor of International Public Law and International Relations at the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) in Madrid. He was appointed Director of the INCIPE Foundation in July 2002. Previously, from 1992-2002, he was director of international programmes of the Research Unit for Security and International Cooperation (UNISCI)-Complutense University. He is also the Secretary General of the Spanish-Russian Council Foundation (established in 2008).He has been the director of more than 40 monographic seminars on international affairs, especially, on strategic studies an on the EU. Frequent Member and consultant in several officials delegations of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Ministries. He collaborates with several Spanish newspapers (“El País”, “El Mundo” and “ABC”) and mass-media (TVE, Antena 3; EFE Agency, Radio Nacional de España, BBC International…). From January 2009 until July 2010 he served as Senior Adviser for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament issues at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Member of the Jury of the National Defence Awards, conceded by the Ministry of Defence (2004-2010). Spanish Navy Merit Cross White Distinctive (2007).


  • Transatlantic relations and EU Defence Policy
  • Proliferation of WMD (Nuclear, Chemical, Biological)
  • Arms Control and nuclear disarmament
  • Future of Non-Proliferation Regimes (NPT, CWC, BWC)
  • Control of Tangible and Intangibles Technologies- Export controls
  • Nuclear Security-Nuclear Terrorism
  • Space-Cyber security
  • EU New Lines for Action in Combating the Proliferation of  WMD

Fernando Soteras Escartín
Tel: +3491599 7257


Fernando Soteras Escartín is a European Doctor in Peace and International Security at the National University of Distance Education-Open University (UNED) of Spain, with a doctoral dissertation on: \"Biological and Toxin Weapons: The current problem of the systematic control of the threat\". The European research was conducted at the Max Planck Institute of International and Comparative Public Law at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). Currently, he works in the Department of Infrastructure and Crisis Monitoring of the Prime Minister Office of Spain, which combined with teaching assignments in the area of ​​crisis management in different national universities (UNED, San Pablo CEU University and University of Navarra). He is also a visiting professor at various universities and educational institutions, coordinator of several working groups, and an investigator in several international programs relating to their specialties.


  • Crisis management, Crisis communication, biological crisis-health emergency management