David J. Garcia Cantalapiedra holds a PhD in Political Science (Honors) by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He was awarded the 2001 National Award of Defense by the Spanish Ministry of Defense. He currently is Professor at the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Political Sciences, and Director of the UCM Research Group for Security and Cooperation. He also teaches US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations at the Spanish Foreign Service School and he is lecturer at the Joint Staff Course of the Spanish Armed Forces School (ESFAS) and the Joint Spanish MoD-UCM Master program. In 2018 he was a member of the Strategic Study Group on Migrations, Immigration Special Committee of the National Security Department of the Spanish Prime Minister Office. He is also a member of the Working Group on Organized Crime and Illicit Traffics at the Royal Elcano Institute. He conducted a 2017-2019 Santander Group-UCM Research Project on 2016 EUGS, Terrorism and Organized Crime synergies in Mediterranean and Spanish policies. He previously was a Senior Analyst on US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations at the Royal Elcano Institute (2007-2009), a Fellow of the Strategy Review Group of the 10th NATO Transatlantic Opinion Leaders Program in Afghanistan (March 2009) and a Member of the Working Group on NATO Nuclear Posture of the NATO Strategic Concept review of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency-NATO Nuclear Policy Planning Directorate (2008-2011). He has been a Loyola Visiting Professor at the Ateneo de Manila as University and Visiting Professor for the UN University for Peace program (2013-14). He also was EU Centre Fellow for the Singapore Universities Consortium in 2017. In 2018, he taught Spanish Foreign Policy as Visiting Professor at the Department of European and International Studies and the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London.