Javier Morales

Javier Morales

Dr Javier Morales is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Relations at Universidad Europea, Madrid, and Co-Director of the European and Eurasian Studies Group (GEurasia) – a research group composed by Spanish academics and experts on Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Previously, he worked for two years as a Senior Associate Member of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Other former positions include: Russia and Eurasia Coordinator at Fundación Alternativas, a Madrid-based progressive think tank; Adjunct Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Saint Louis University (Madrid Campus); and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

He obtained his PhD in International Relations from the School of Political Sciences and Sociology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with a dissertation (cum laude)on the role conceptions and identities in Russia’s security policies from Yeltsin to Putin. During his PhD, he  worked as a teaching assistant and member of the academic staff of the Department of International Studies, supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education. At the same time, he became a junior researcher of the Research Unit on International Security and Cooperation (UNISCI).

He holds a 5-year Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Universidad Complutense and a postgraduate degree in Peace, Security and Defense.

As a visiting researcher, he spent several months at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); Carnegie Moscow Center; Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham; and Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).
He is the editor of Rusia en la sociedad internacional: perspectivas tras el retorno de Putin (2012), and author of  academic book chapters and journal articles, as well as other specialized publications. Member of the International Studies Association (ISA), European International Studies Association (EISA), Spanish International Law and International Relations Lecturers Association (AEPDIRI), and Spanish Political Science Association (AECPA).


Working languages: English, Spanish, Russian


Areas of research:


  • Russia’s Foreign Policy
  • Russia, Spain and the European Union
  • Balkans
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