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Ricardo Borges de Castro
Senior Adviser
Ricardo Borges is a Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre

Ricardo was Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World programme at the EPC. He previouslly 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.



Strategic Compass Initiative; Advancing military mobility in Europe: A multisectoral approach; EPC Talks Geopolitics; EU-China think tank exchanges;

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
Member of the OECD Government Foresight Community
Member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transatlantic Foresight Expert Group


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


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



Strategic foresight / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2024: From voting to geopolitics
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Ivano di Carlo , Shada Islam , Helena Hahn , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Elizabeth Kuiper , Svitlana Taran , Iana Maisuradze , Berta López Domènech , Giulia Torchio , Raúl Villegas - 21/02/2024
General news / NEWS
Christmas message from the EPC's Management Team
By Fabian Zuleeg , Maral Bedrossian , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Georg Riekeles , Emma Woodford , Elizabeth Kuiper , Janis Emmanouilidis - 21/12/2023
Transatlantic affairs / EXTERNAL PUBLICATION
Transatlantic Guardrails: Fostering sustainable EU-US relations
By Ricardo Borges de Castro - 17/11/2023
Economic governance / COMMENTARY
Smart diversification: Economic security through diplomacy
By Ricardo Borges de Castro , Raúl Villegas - 21/09/2023
Security & defence / EPC ROUND-UP
Countdown until the NATO Vilnius Summit: Priorities and expectations in 2023
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Ivano di Carlo , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Ionela Ciolan , Iana Maisuradze , Federica Zizzi , Benedetta Berti - 22/06/2023


Middle East / INTERVIEW
Europe faces ‘Groundhog Day’ in Middle East peace efforts
Ricardo Borges de Castro was interviewed by Euractiv on the EU's efforts to revive the peace process in the Middle East. 

Read the article here.

Europe faces ‘Groundhog Day’ in Middle East peace efforts
21 January 2024 - ,
European Council / INTERVIEW
Interview with CNN
Ricardo Borges de Castro was interviewed by CNN Portugal on the EUCO summit, enlargement, and opening accession negotiations with Ukraine. 

Watch the interview here. (In Portuguese)

Interview with CNN
14 December 2023 - ,
CNN Portugal
Middle East / QUOTE
EU struggles to bridge its Middle East divide
Ricardo Borges de Castro's Op-Ed "From a geopolitical to a ‘geo-damaged’ Commission" was quoted in an article by Euractiv on the situation in the Middle East and the role of the EU. 

Read the article here.

EU struggles to bridge its Middle East divide
16 October 2023 - ,

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