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Areas of research and analysis of Centre Delàs

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Centre Delàs specializes in the analysis of the key elements that compose the so-called “Military Economic Cycle” or “Armament Cycle,” which include thematic concentrations pertaining to arms trading, financing of weapons systems, military spending and budgeting, armed forces, military industries, research and development (R&D) of weapons systems, military operations abroad. Within each of the thematicconcentrations, Centre Delàs dedicates special attention to associated topics that involve the Spanish government. In addition, Centre Delàs incorporates a critical analysis of the culture of peace and non-violence analyzes in armed conflicts, militarism, global armaments, and security and defense doctrines of Spain, European Union and NATO.

The Centre regularly publishes articles, reports and books on all of the aforementioned topics, but also collaborates with likeminded projects and campaigns alongside different media outlets and associations of its permanent members.

Centre Delàs is consulted by researchers, academics, activists, politicians, the media as well as centers of peace, international relations. The expertise of the Centre Delàs staff is utilized through their individual participation in interviews, talks, conferences and debates in each of the topics in which they have developed knowledge and experience.

Arms Trading

Annual update of a database containing information on the exportation of defense materials and dual-use material in Spain. The database is accompanied by an analysis of trends in the European and global arms trade as well as follow-up on policies promoting and controling the arms trade in Spain, Europe and in the international community.

Military Expenditure

Consists of an annual update of the expenditures of the Spanish military, following the NATO and SIPRI criteria, and incorporation of elements of analysis. The database of Spanish military spending includes information ranging from 1940 to the present.

Military Industry R&D

This thematic concentration consists of the continuous monitoring of the military industry of Catalunya and greater Spain. It includes the elaboration and monitoring of the main developments in the international armament industry, with special attention dedicated to the United States and European Union. It also includes an annual analysis of Spanish military R&D and follow-up to associated news in European and around the world.

Financing of Arms

Permanent analysis of the arms investments by major banks in Catalunya and Spain. This involves the reporting of financial entities that actively invest and credit controversial enterprises associated with the arms industry, with special attention to those that produce nuclear weapons, cluster bombs and anti-personnel mines.

Armed Forces

Monitoring the reality of the Spanish army, in terms of troops, recruitment, military justice system, gender violence and other aspects of military life.

Security & Protection

Consists of the monitoring and analysis of security and defense doctrines, threats to security, NATO, European Union and other global military bodies and institutions. Includes the proposal to safeguard the paradigm of protecting human security before that of military security.

Military Operations Abroad

Monitoring of the military operations of the Spanish military, and monitoring of the European Union, NATO and United Nations, analyzing the potential political and economic causes that define them, in an attempt to provide a critical discourse of humanitarian militarism.

Armed Conflict, Terrorism and War on Terror

This thematic concentration includes the monitoring and critical analysis of the main, current armed conflicts, with a special attention dedicated to the causes of terrorism, the role of various actors within the War on Terror and the degree to which Western powers are held responsible in the conflict.

Militarism, Militarization and Armament

Analysis and denunciation of the perversion of the military, militarized education, war toys, video games of war, militarization of the internet, gender and militarism, and the naturalization of war and violence. This includes an analysis and criticism of the proliferation of weapons, military values and armed responses to conflicts.

Peace and Nonviolence

This area of study includes key elements fundamental in the proliferation of a culture of peace, pacifist movements, antimilitarism and nonviolent alternative solutions to conflict. In addition, this thematic concentration includes research on peaceful options for the social transformation of civil society, as well as education for peace and nonviolence.

 

Researchers and collaborators of the Delàs Center

Centre Delàs consists of a group of 30 to 40 volunteers who carry out research, analysis and advocacy work and form the Delàs Center Working Group. This group is composed of researchers with extensive experience and expertise, a nucleus to which new additions are incorporated into the Working Group activities and trained by fellow members. The individual members of the Working Group share the objective of carrying out research on the issues of disarmament, militarism, peace, conflict, security and arms control.

You can find a brief CV of the permanent researchers details their experience and expertise below. If you would like to contact any of the permanent members for consultation or interview, it is better to address your queries to Centre Delàs through this form or the information address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or through our press center.


María de Lluc Bagur

Political Scientist and Social Worker. Master in World History at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, with the dissertation "Ethnic conflicts in the 90s: the cases of Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina".

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), La política militar del gobierno Rajoy (Centre Delàs report, 2014), Petit manual d'activisme quotidià: què puc fer jo per canviar el món? (Universitat de les Illes Balears, 2011) and Les lliçons d'una guerra: l'exemple de Bòsnia i Herzegovina (Fons mallorquí de solidaritat i cooperació, 2004).

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Francesc Benítez

Telecommunications engineer. Former Vice President of Justícia i Pau. As a researcher of the Centre Delàs, has centered his research in the arms trade and the defense policies in Europe.


Featured works: Exportaciones españolas de armamento (Centre Delàs report, 2012), Atlas del militarismo en España (Icaria, 2009), 40 años de Justicia y Paz (PPC, 2008) and El militarismo en España (Icaria, 2007).


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Xavier Bohigas 

PhD in Physics and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He focuses his interests on nuclear weapons, military spending and the Spanish military operations abroad.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), Fraude e improvisación en el gasto militar (Centre Delàs, 2015), Riesgos y amenazas del arsenal nuclear (Icaria, 2014) and L'OTAN, una amenaça global (Icaria, 2010).


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Jordi Calvo 

PhD in peace, conflicts and development. Economist and peace culture, disarmament and defense economy researcher. Coordinator of the Centre Delàs and armed conflicts, defense economy and cooperation lecturer (UJI, URL, UOC). Member of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) board.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), Banca Armada VS Banca Ética (Dharana, 2013), Atlas del militarismo en España (Centre Delàs, 2009) and Globalización capitalista neoliberal y movimientos antisistémicos (Deusto, 2011).

Blogs: Crónicas Insumisas (Público) and Paz, en construcción (El País).

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Twitter: @jordicalvo
Facebook: jcalvorufanges

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Blanca Camps-Ferrer 

Political Science Degree and Master in International Relations. Has worked in several Northern Africa and Middle East countries with human rights and social movements organizations. Currently working on her PhD and focusing her research on militarism in Northern Africa and Middle East. Associate professor in UAB.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), El militarismo en el Norte de África (Centre Delàs, 2014) and L'humor polític com a eina de confrontació contra el règim sirià (ICIP, 2012).

Twitter: @DuniaHania

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Tica Font 

Physics Degree at the University of Valencia. One of the founders of the Centre Delàs and former Vice President of Justícia i Pau. Former President of Federació Catalana d'ONG per la Pau (NGO Catalan Federation for Peace). Since March 2009 is the director of the Institut Català Internacional per la Pau. She is an expert in defense economy, arms trade, defense budget and military industry, among other several peace and disarmament fields.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), Filosofía de la paz. Los retos del movimiento por la paz (Icaria, 2010), Atlas del militarismo en España 2009 (Icaria, 2009) and El militarismo en España (Icaria, 2007).

Contact: tfont@centredelas

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Teresa de Fortuny

Physics Degree and researcher of the Centre Delàs in the field of Spanish military operations abroad and nuclear weapons.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), Riesgos y amenazas del arsenal nuclear (Icaria, 2015) and L'OTAN, una amenaça global (Icaria, 2010).

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Tomàs Gisbert  

Business Studies Degree and Centre Delàs researcher. He focuses on militarism and security and defense politics.

Featured works: L'OTAN, una amenaça global (Icaria, 2010), Els conflictes pel control de la terra. El cas dels agrocombustibles (Universitat de la Pau de Sant Cugat, 2009) and Atlas del militarismo en España 2009 (Icaria, 2009).


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José Luis Gordillo 

PhD in Law and Philosophy of Law professor (UB). His research focuses on Western "counterterrorist" and "humanitarian" imperialism, pacifist thought and non violence as a tool for social change.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), Las sombras del sistema constitucional español (Trotta, 2003), El genocidio bosnio (Los Libros de la Catarata, 1996) and La objeción de conciencia (Paidós, 1993).


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Eduardo Melero

PhD in Law and administrative law professor in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research field is the Spanish legislation applied to the military operations abroad and the arms trade in Africa.

Featured works: La Posición Común 2008/944/PESC sobre control de las exportaciones de tecnología y equipos militares: análisis crítico (Revista española de Derecho Europeo [34], 2010), La guerra de Afganistán: una guerra también contra el Derecho (El Cronista del Estado Social y Democrático de Derecho [9], 2010) and ¿Se han legalizado las 'guerras de agresión' en España? (Revista Vasca de Administración Pública [83], 2009).


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Xema Moya

Computer technician and coordinator of SIOF (Servicio de Información de la Objeción Fiscal al Gasto Militar - Information Service of the Tax Objection to Military Spending). Participated on anti-NATO and anti-militarist movements. His field of study is the tax objection to military spending.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015) and La insumisión fiscal (Revista Transversal).

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Pere Ortega

Contemporary History Degree and postgraduate in Public Finances (UB). President of the Centre Delàs d'Estudis per la Pau and Conflictology professor in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Former President of Federació Catalana d'ONG per la Pau (NGO Catalan Federation for Peace). Peace, nonviolence, disarmament and conflicts researcher.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), El lobby de la industria militar española: adónde van nuestros impuestos (Icaria, 2015), Las violencias en América Latina (Dharana 2014) and La societat noviolenta (Icaria, 2012).


Blog: Crónicas Insumisas (Público).

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Twitter: @pereortega
Facebook: pereortega

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Marina Perejuán 

Degree in Political Science and Postgraduate Degree in Peace culture and Conflict Management through the Escola de Cultura de Pau at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Training in psychosocial work and community mental health. Postgraduate Degree coordinated by the Grupo de Acción Comunitaria (GAC) -Resource Center on Mental Health and Human Rights.


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Twitter: @nickmarina

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Alejandro Pozo Marín

Peace, armed conflicts and disarmament researcher. PhD in peace and conflicts with a thesis on new wars and their global factors. Has worked as an armed conflict analyst and as humanitarian projects coordinator. Has carried out on the ground researches in several countries in war situations. He is a peace and armed conflicts professor in several courses and masters.


Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015), Espanya-Israel. Relacions en matèria militar, armamentística i de Seguretat. Balanç i Tendències (Informe del Centre Delàs, 2010), Atlas del Militarismo en España (Icaria, 2009) and Noviolencia y Transformación Social (Icaria, 2005).


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Valentina Saini
 
Collaborator of the Centre Delàs. Media, political Islam, the Arab World and the Middle East researcher. DEA in communication and journalism through the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Master's Degree in Intermediterranean Mediation, and a degree in Translation and Interpreting.

Featured works: Los actores islamistas en los medios occidentales: una imagen muy sombría (Revista Afkar / Ideas [32], 2011) and Los Hermanos Musulmanes del Egipto post-Mubarak (Revista Afkar / Ideas [30], 2011).

Blog: Awwamaty.

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Twitter: @ValentinaSaini

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Eduardo Salvador 

Humanities and Economics Degree. Postgraduate Degree in Education, Peace and Psychology / Mental Health. Gestalt Therapist. Committee member of Human Rights of the European Gestalt Therapy Association (EAGT). Project collaborator to EAGT / IPB. Has worked in several Asia and Africa countries. Trainer for voluntary workers and election observers. Main areas of research: psychology and peace.

Featured works: Legislative Theatre, Art for Community Conflict Resolution (Journal of Conflictology [5]).

 

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Camino Simarro

Social educator and anthropologist. Her field of study is the Spanish military industry and arms trade. She collaborates as an activist and peace culture researcher with several organizations.

Featured works: Diccionario de la guerra, la paz y el desarme (Icaria, 2015) and El complejo militar-industrial (Centre Delàs report, 2012).


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