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Dr Antonio Díaz

Visiting Professor in Intelligence Studies

Dr Antonio Diaz is an Associate Professor of Politics and Administration at the University of Cádiz (Spain), where he teaches Criminology and Security. He holds a doctorate in Political Science and Administration from the University of Barcelona, where he studied Law and Political Science.

He has been a visiting researcher at the International Centre for Security Analysis (King’s College, London), and the Brunel Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (Brunel University, London). He was awarded prizes in 1997 and 2003 by the Spanish Ministry of Defence for his research into security. He has held professorships at the universities of Barcelona, Lisbon, and San Salvador. He has participated in FP7 projects, has led the research project “Towards a European Intelligence Policy”, and was the co‑director of the prospective White Book of Homeland Security: Spain 2020, commissioned by the Spanish Parliament. He has been a member of the Advisory Board on Security of the Reflection Group for the Future of the European Union 2030, chaired by President Felipe Gonzalez.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Security
  • Public Policy
  • Criminology

Postgraduate Teaching

Several master degree programs on intelligence at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona Institute of International Studies, University King Juan Carlos, and University Institute General Gutiérrez Mellado.



2015. Basic Concepts on Intelligence (in Spanish), Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch, Valencia.

2013. Diccionario de Inteligencia y Seguridad. Madrid, Ed. LID and Ministerio de la Presidencia.

2012. Lecciones aprendidas de la participación española en guerras asimétricas (2000-2012), ICIP, Barcelona.

2009. Cooperación Europea en Inteligencia: Nuevas preguntas, nuevas respuestas, Navarra: Aranzadi.

2006. Los servicios de inteligencia españoles. Desde la guerra civil hasta el 11-M. Historia de una Transición, Madrid: Alianza Editorial.

Book Chapters

2013. The role of strategic intelligence in the modern world, Strategic Dossier 162 B Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies, Economic intelligence in a global world, Madrid, pp. 33-62.

2010. “Spain”, in Stuart Farson & Mark Phythian (eds), Commissions of Inquiry and National Security: Comparative Approaches, Estados Unidos: Praeger, pp. 179-202.

2008. “Spain”, in Stuart Farson, Peter Gill, Mark Phythian and Shlomo Shpiro (eds), PSI Handbook of Global Security and Intelligence: National Approaches, Vol. 2, pp. 361-374.

2007. “Spanien”, in Wolbert Smidt, Ulrike Poppe, Wolfgang Krieger, and Helmut Müller-Enbergs (eds), Geheimhaltung und Transparenz: Demokratische Kontrolle der Geheimdienste im internationalen Vergleich, Secrecy and Transparency: The Democratic Control of Intelligence Services in International Perspective, Munich: LIT Press, pp. 129–148.

2007. “The difficulties faced by civil-military relations undergoing constant improvement in Spain since 1975”, in Cultural Differences between the Military and Parent Society in Democratic Countries, Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 247–271.

2007. “Threat Perception: New risks, new threats and new missions”, in Giuseppe Caforio (ed.), Cultural Differences between the Military and Parent Civil Society, Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 129–161.

2006. “Spain: An equation with difficult solutions”, in Giuseppe Caforio and Gerhard Kummel (eds), Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace, Economics and Development: Military Missions and their Implications Reconsidered, Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 213–247.

Articles and Essays

2014. “Informes de control de los Comités de Inteligencia parlamentarios como una fuente para la investigación”, Inteligencia y Seguridad. Revista de Análisis y Prospectiva, nº 16, pp. 13-44.

2014. “The Spanish intelligence in the Mediterranean context”, Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence, Research Institute for European and American Studies RIEAS, vol. 3, nº 1, pp. 57-77.

2013. Martínez, Rafael; Adé, Isabel; Durán, Marién; Díaz, Antonio. Nota de investigación: “Lecciones aprendidas de la participación española en guerras asimétricas (2000-2012)”, Revista Española de Ciencia Política, nº 32.

2012. “The Evolution of the European Cooperation in Intelligence”, Revista Varia Histórica, nº 40, pp. 1-25.

2011. “2001-201, la transformación de la inteligencia”, Política Exterior, vol. 140, pp. 60-70.

2010. “Basque intelligence services (1936-1945)”, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, vol 24, nº 2, pp. 44-71.

2010. “La construcción de una capacidad de inteligencia durante las presidencias españolas de la Unión Europea”, Revista Cidob d’Afers Internacionals, “El Espacio de Libertad, Seguridad y Justicia de la UE. Un balance entre presidencias españolas (2002-2010)”, nº 91, pp. 147-171.

2010. “Spanish Intelligence Community: A diffuse reality”, Intelligence and National Security, vol 25, nº 2, pp. 222-243.

2010. “Intelligence and the Media in Spain”, Journal of Intelligence History, Special Issue, vol. 9, nº 1, pp. 89-104.

2006. “Halfway Down the Road to Supervision of the Spanish Intelligence Services”, Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 21, nº 3, pp. 440–456.

2006. “Spanish Intelligence during the Second Republic and the Civil War: 1931-1939”, Journal of Intelligence History, vol. 6, nº 1, pp. 41-62.

Research Projects

2011-2013. Asymmetric Warfare de ERGOMAS Working Group “Military Profession” en conjunción con “Lliçons apresses de les Guerres Asimetriques”. Institut Català Internacional per la Pau.

2009-2011. Counterterrorism Communication Strategies for Recovery and Continuity. Funded by FP7.

2002-2005. Towards a European Intelligence Policy. Funded by Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and the Spanish Ministery of Defense.

Editorial Positions

Deputy Director of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs (Taylor & Francis).

Editorial board member for the Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (RIEAS).

Recent Conference Papers

2015. I Congreso Internacional de Evaluación Técnica y Jurídica de la Operatividad Policial. Paper “Estudio jurídico-criminológico del uso de las defensas policiales y de las técnicas de intervención policial”, Universidad de Cádiz.

2014. Need to Know IV. Ponencia: The East European intelligence and security services: the European experience, Universidad de Lovaina (Belgium).

2014. III Congreso Internacional en Comunicación Política y Estrategias de Campaña. Ponencia: “De secretos a discretos: la política de apertura de los servicios de inteligencia occidentales”.

2013. “International Workshop on Intelligence: La cultura de inteligencia en el Sur de Europa”, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

2012. III Congreso Internacional de Inteligencia “Estudios en Inteligencia: Respuestas para la Gobernanza Democrática”, Barcelona (España).

2012. Paper “Knowing the Enemies of the Regime: The Fight against subversive movement in Spain 1968-1976”, en Congreso Need to Know II: Lessons learned, Institute of National Remembrance, Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish nation and the Center for Cold War Studies of the University of Southern Denmark.

2012. International Political Science Association, Madrid (España) Discussant of panel “Análisis estratégico e inteligencia en un mundo globalizado”.

2012. International Political Science Association, Madrid (Spain), Paper: “Controlling the uncontrollable? Models of parliamentary oversight mechanisms of the intelligence services”.

2009. ECPR General Conference. Potsdam (Germany), Paper: “Reports by Oversight intelligence committees as a source for research”.

2009.  IX Congreso de la Asociación Española de Ciencia Política (AECPA), Málaga. Paper: “Política de inteligencia: aproximaciones y tendencias”.

2009. International Political Studies Association (IPSA), Santiago de Chile (Chile). Paper: “Managing Integral Security: Spain 2020”.

2008. IV Congreso (ALACIP) Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política, San José, Costa Rica. Paper: “Hacia una concepción de la Seguridad Integral en España”.