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Ricardo Borges de Castro
Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme
Ricardo Borges de Castro is Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme at the European Policy Centre.

Ricardo served as Adviser for Foreign Affairs and then as Adviser on Strategic Foresight to the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s in-house think tank, reporting directly to President Jean-Claude Juncker. Ricardo led the EPSC’s work on foresight, focusing mainly on global trends, ‘anticipatory democracy,’ and policymaking. During his tenure, he spearheaded efforts to mainstream anticipation and foresight across Commission services. He was also the European Commission’s project leader for the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an EU inter-institutional collaboration on global trends and strategic foresight.

Before joining the EPSC, Ricardo served as Member of Cabinet and Personal Assistant to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, as well as spokesperson for ‘Europe and the World’ at the Commission’s Spokespersons’ Planning and Coordination Unit. In these roles, Ricardo regularly accompanied and assisted President Barroso in his meetings with heads of state and government of EU Member States, in summits with third countries and Strategic Partners (USA, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Korea, South Africa, etc.) and in international fora, including the G20, G8/G7, NATO, ASEM, and the UN.

In Portugal, Ricardo served in the Prime Minister’s Office as Political Adviser to the Prime Minister after spending four years in the Portuguese Parliament as Policy Advisor for foreign affairs, national defence policy, and East Timor.

Ricardo taught international relations at Lusíada University in Lisbon, was a Course Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University in Portugal. He also contributes to executive trainings on ‘strategic foresight’ and ‘evidence-based policymaking’ at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Ricardo is currently an Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Ricardo holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College).

Besides Portugal, he has lived in the US, UK, Turkey, and lately in Belgium.

Ricardo enjoys running and the outdoors.

PROGRAMME

Europe in the World

PROJECTs

Areas of expertise

EU’s international role, future of Europe, global trends, transatlantic relations, multilateralism, democratisation, strategic foresight, scenarios, enlargement

Current positions

Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Education

DPhil in International Relations, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Languages

Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Turkish (basic)

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Publications

Security & defence / COMMENTARY
Time for Europe to stop hitting the security snooze button
By Ricardo Borges de Castro , Maxime Sierro - 04/07/2022
Ukraine / COMMENTARY
EU candidate status for Ukraine is a geopolitical and moral imperative
By Amanda Paul , Ricardo Borges de Castro - 21/06/2022
China / COMMENTARY
The war in Ukraine: China walking amid the shrapnel
By Ricardo Borges de Castro - 04/03/2022
Russia / OP-ED
EU ‘hybrid power’ to face the Russian threat
By Ricardo Borges de Castro - 24/02/2022
Foreign policy / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2022: The transatlantic comeback?
By Amanda Paul , Ivano di Carlo , Guillaume Van der Loo , Réka Koleszár , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Iana Maisuradze , Ionela Ciolan , Maxime Sierro - 21/01/2022


Contributions

Conference on the Future of Europe / INTERVIEW
Interview with SIC Notícias
Ricardo Borges de Castro gave an interview to SIC Notícias on French President Macron's proposal for a European political community and EU treaty changes.

You can watch the recording here. (In Portuguese)

Interview with SIC Notícias
10 May 2022 - , Portugal
SIC Notícias
Conference on the Future of Europe / INTERVIEW
Interview with France 24
Ricardo Borges de Castro gave an interview to France 24 on the end of the Conference on the Future of Europe and Macron's proposals for treaty changes.

You can watch the recording here.

Interview with France 24
09 May 2022 - , France
France 24
France / INTERVIEW
Interview with TVI
Ricardo Borges de Castro was interviewed by TVI on the 2022 French presidential election results. 

You can watch his analysis here. (In Portuguese)

Interview with TVI
24 April 2022 - , Portugal
TVI


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