Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

IBEI is an inter-university institute created in 2004 as a joint effort of all five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) to promote postgraduate training and research in international relations, politics & development to advance the understanding of global challenges to governance in our world. Now into its second decade, IBEI has achieved a high level of recognition as an academic and research centre at both the European and international levels. Specializing in the field of international studies, IBEI’s research is cross-cutting and interdisciplinary, and often has immediate policy relevance. One of its five teaching strands is a Master’s programme in International Security, consisting of specialized courses in conflict resolution, WMD, nationalism and ethnic conflict, genocide, intelligence studies, cybersecurity, humanitarian action, security and development, and area studies. 

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Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
08005 Barcelona (Spain)

Tel.: +34 93 542 3030


Social media: @IBEI 

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The team

Contacts Resume Speciality

Dr. Margarita H. Petrova

Margarita H. Petrova is an academic coordinator of the Master’s program in International Security at IBEI where she teaches courses in the field of security studies and international relations. Her research focuses on international norm development, NGO advocacy, weapons prohibitions, and nuclear disarmament and has appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Studies, and World Politics among other outlets.

Humanitarian arms control

Nuclear politics and disarmament Transnational advocacy

International Humanitarian Law

Dr. Jeffrey H. Michaels

Dr. Jeffrey H. Michaels is the IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. Earlier experience included working as a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London, as well as serving as an official with NATO and the US Defense Department. He also holds Visiting Fellowships with the Department of War Studies at King’s and the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, Oxford. He is the co-author, with Sir Lawrence Freedman, of The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (4th Edition)
Nuclear weapons, US foreign policy, strategic studies