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. 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). The presidency of INCIPE is occupied by Mr. Juan Lladó Arburúa, president of the engineering, procurement and construction of industrial and power generation plants company, “Técnicas Reunidas”, which is the main donor of the Foundation. 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 think-tank in Spain with special focus on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament with a broad and active program of conferences, debates and research lines on that issues. 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

Avenida de Burgos 89 – Adequa Building, nº 5

28050 Madrid


Tel: +34 914 455 839/48

Fax: +34 91 445 74 89



Twitter: @FundacionIncipe



Point of contact

Dr. Vicente Garrido Rebolledo

General Director

The team

Name, Surname, contact Resume Speciality/Research Focus


General Director

Phone: +34 914 455 847/8


Prof. Vicente Garrido Rebolledo (Madrid, 1966) has been General Director of the INCIPE Foundation since 2002. Professor of International Public Law and International Relations at the King Juan Carlos University (URJC) in Madrid since 1999. Director of the Chair on Security and Defence Studies “Francisco Villamartín”. From 1992-2002, he was director of international programmes of the Research Unit for Security and International Cooperation (UNISCI)-Complutense University; NATO Research Fellow, 1995-1997; Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)-Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Research Fellowship (1990-1991) and member of PRIF’s “European Non-Proliferation Project Working Group” and PRIF’s Non-Proliferation Program from 1991 until 2001.


PhD degree in International Public Law and International Relations (Complutense University Madrid, 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). Author of more than 200 articles and 20 books (in English and Spanish). His latest publications include: “North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program: regional implications and possibilities for denuclearization” in Garrido Rebolledo, Vicente (dir.) The non-proliferation and arms control at the crossroad, Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies, Madrid, 2020; “Immorality, inhumanity, opportunity and impunity of the use of chemical weapons: the case of Syria”, Electronic Journal of International Studies, 40/2020.


Prof. Garrido has delivered more than 300 presentations and lectures at conferences, seminars, and workshops in approximately 30 countries. Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters of the United Nations Secretary General and UNIDIR Board of Trustees (2014-2017). Vicepresident of the Spanish Association of Public International Law and International Relations Professors (AEPDIRI). Member of the Advisory Board for Education and Outreach (ABEO) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (2022-2024). Professor Garrido has served as Senior Adviser for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament issues at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation since 2009. He also collaborates with several Spanish newspapers and other mass-media.

  • Nuclear (Non)Proliferation.
  • Arms Control and nuclear disarmament.
  • Future of Non-Proliferation Regimes.
  • Chemical Weapons
  • Future of Non -Proliferation Regimes.
  • New Technologies- Export controls.
  • Nuclear Security-Nuclear Terrorism
  • Space-Cyber security.
  • EU Non-Proliferation Policy.
  • Spanish Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Policy.
  • EU Security and Defence Policy.
  • NATO-Transatlantic relations

Dr. Ignacio Cartagena Núñez

Senior Research Associate

Phone: +34 913 791 765

Dr. Ignacio Cartagena Núñez (Alicante, 1977) is a Spanish Career Diplomat. Since 2019 is the Consul General of Spain in Edinburgh. Previously, y has been the Deputy Director for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Affairs, Assistant Director General for Sub-Saharan Africa and Executive Advisor for the Relations with the Parliament at the Spanish Foreign Minister’s Cabinet. He was posted in Moscow, as First Secretary dealing with Political Affairs, as well as in Tirana (as Deputy Head of Mission) and Rome (as Counsellor). He also served in Geneva as Deputy Permanent Representative of Spain to the Conference of Disarmament.


Dr. Ignacio Cartagena holds a Degree in Law as well as a PHD in International Law with a thesis on “The FMCT and the Paralysis of the Conference of Disarmament”. He holds to two Master’s Degrees: on High Political European Studies, from the College of Europe (Bruges) and in Oil and Gas Geopolitics, from the Graduate Institute (Geneva). He has published several papers on non-proliferation and disarmament, energy geopolitics and security issues, including “Managing Complexity: Three Possible Models for a Future Non-proliferation and Arms Control Regime”, UNIDIR, 2019. He regularly participates in a panels and seminars on these issues. He has published six poetry books.

  • Nuclear (Non) Proliferation.
  • Arms Control and Nuclear Disarmament.
  • Conference on disarmament.
  • NPT, TPNW and
  • Future of Non-Proliferation Regimes.
  • Export Controls.
  • EU Non-Proliferation Policy.
  • Spanish Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Policy.

Carlos Torres Vidal

Senior Research Associate

Phone: +34 913 791 801  Mobile: +34 608 104 589


Carlos Torres Vidal is a nuclear engineer with almost 40 years of experience in nuclear issues (non-proliferation, nuclear security, nuclear safety and radiation protection). Mr. Torres serves currently (since 2021) at the IAEA in Vienna as Head of Prevention Section in the Office of Nuclear Security. As an official at the Spanish administration, he has served as Counsellor and head of “Nuclear international affairs” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Inspector of the Spanish Nuclear Regulatory Authority). Mr. Torres was the first Coordinator of the “Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism” and head of the IAEA programme on “Security of Nuclear and radioactive materials and facilities” as well as IAEA Director General Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec) He has coordinated and participated in a number of international Nuclear Technical Cooperation projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Peru, Former Soviet Republics, Iran, Russia, Morocco, Republic of Korea, Iran, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa and several European countries. His last article is “India and Pakistan, «de facto» nuclear powers” in Garrido Rebolledo, Vicente (dir.), The non-proliferation and arms control at the crossroad, Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies, Madrid, 2020.
  • Nuclear (Non) Proliferation.
  • Nuclear Security. 
  • Nuclear Safeguards.
  • Nuclear Terrorism
  • Nuclear Safety.        

Dr. Fernando Borredá Juste

Research Associate

Phone: +34 913 791 759


Dr. Fernando Borreda is since 2019 the Secretary General of the Spanish National Authority for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Previously, he has been responsible of the chemical and conventional arms area at the Disarmament and Non- Proliferation Department of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has more than 25 years of experience in international security, arms control, and disarmament and non-proliferation issues. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Borredá served as Chemical Weapons Inspector and Team Leader in the OPCW. Previously, Dr. Borreda served his country as infantry officer of the Spanish Army, including a Tour of Duty under the United Nations Protection Force in Ex-Yugoslavia in 1995.


Dr. Borreda holds a PhD. in International Relations (cum laude) and a Master Degree in International Security and Peace Studies with a doctoral thesis on Chemical weapons: From the prohibition of use to their complete destruction, Publicia, Madrid, 2014. He is author of several articles on chemical weapons and disarmament.

  • Chemical Weapons.
  • Chemical disarmament/arms control.
  • Conventional Weapons.
  • Export Controls.


Research Associate

Manuel Herrera is a PhD student at King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, where he is writing his thesis on EU non-proliferation policy. He holds a Master’s degree in International Security from the Institute of International Studies in Barcelona (IBEI), where he wrote a final thesis on the role of the EU in Iranian nuclear negotiations. He was research assistant for the nuclear security programme at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi, India, where he carried out research on EU external action under the Iranian nuclear programme and on Indian nuclear strategy in the context of the Indo-Pakistani conflict. He has worked in the Office of Geopolitical Analysis of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, where he has supported the work of the Ministry through the regular preparation of analytical documents on the main international and geopolitical events affecting Spain, in particular issues related to non-proliferation and arms control.


He was awarded a grant from the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium under the “Next Generation” programme to write a research report on the state and current situation of the Union’s nuclear non-proliferation policy, which was prepared at the International and Foreign Policy Institute (INCIPE) in Madrid. Finally, he was a Non-Doctoral Integrated Researcher at CEI-IUL in Lisbon. His latest publications include: “25 Years since CTBT: A Possible bridge between Nuclear Powers”, Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies, Madrid, 2021; and “Contestation to the European Union on nuclear non-proliferation”, Global Affairs, 2021.

  • Nuclear Proliferation.
  • Arms Control and nuclear disarmament.
  • EU Non-Proliferation Policy.
  • Iranian nuclear programme.
  • Nuclear politics of India/Pakistan.