conferences and topics (2024)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

NATO has been a key player in shaping the balance of power and international security for decades. But its relevance goes beyond its history; it extends into the future, adapting to changing strategic scenarios globally. In a world characterized by transnational threats, from terrorism to cybersecurity, military cooperation and diplomacy are vital to address these challenges effectively. Mirna Galic discusses the importance of ensuring collective security, maintaining geopolitical stability and promoting international cooperation in order to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the International Community today.


Mirna Galic – Lecture
Senior Policy Analyst for China and East Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)

Mirna Galic is an expert on U.S. relations with Asian and European partners, with a focus on regional and global security. Prior to her work at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), she was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations – Hitachi International Affairs in Tokyo and a senior advisor to the U.S. government. She has seven years of experience in the State Department, the U.S. Senate and the United Nations. She has also contributed significantly to international diplomacy. She is known for her insightful publications, especially on Japan-NATO relations. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Stanford University.

David Javier García Cantalapiedra
Doctor in International Relations. Complutense University of Madrid.

García Cantalapiedra is director of the Security and International Cooperation Research Group at UCM, as well as of the U.S. foreign policy research program at the Franklin Institute of the University of Alcalá de Henares. His areas of research include U.S. foreign policy, international security, international relations theory, NATO, Asia-Pacific relations, Spanish foreign policy, nuclear armament, strategy and geopolitics. He has held prominent positions, such as Senior Research Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations at the Elcano Royal Institute, and has been a member of several NATO working groups. In addition, he has taught and conducted research at various international institutions and was awarded the Defense Prize of the Ministry of Defense in 2001.