Spain’s Role on the International Stage

Date(s) - 05/30/18
9:45 am - 11:00 am

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Spain’s Role on the International Stage

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Pedro Morenés, Ambassador of Spain to the United States

As a member of NATO and the European Union, Spain plays an important role in European solidarity and security. And as the world’s fourteenth largest economy with a key strategic location in Europe, the country exerts significant economic power in the region and the world. Yet Spain has also been tested over the past year with a number of political and security challenges. How is Spain managing these political and security concerns? How will the United States and Spain enhance their cooperation to promote greater transatlantic security?



Pedro Morenés

Ambassador of Spain to the United States

Pedro Morenés is the Spanish ambassador to the United States. He was a member of the maritime law firm AMYA, lawyer of the Astilleros Españoles company, director of Legal Services of the Division of Naval Construction at the National Industrial Institute, secretary of the Council and of Legal Matters of Astilleros Españoles, and Astilleros de Talleres del Noroeste, and commercial director of the Naval Construction Division of the National Industrial Institute. Morenés was deputy minister of Defense, deputy minister of Security, and deputy minister of Science and Technology Policy. He has held the positions of secretary general of the Círculo de Empresarios Business Circle, president of the Board of Directors of Construcción Navales del Norte and president of MBDA España and Segur Ibérica. In December of 2011 he was named minister of Defense. He obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Navarre and a Master’s Degree in Ship Management and Economics from the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics.