Who we are


FRIDE is a European think tank for global action, which provides innovative thinking and rigorous analysis of key debates in international relations. Central to FRIDE’s work is Europe’s role in the changing global environment. Our mission is to inform policy and practice in order to ensure that the European Union (EU) plays a more effective role in supporting multilateralism, democratic values, security and sustainable development.
FRIDE benefits from political independence and the diversity of views and intellectual background of its international team. Based in Madrid and Brussels, FRIDE seeks to enhance the southern European perspective within EU debates and the European perspective within Spain.

FRIDE’s primary interlocutors are policy-makers at the EU and national levels, opinion-shapers and other international stakeholders from civil society and business. FRIDE’s research priorities include: 

  • European foreign and security policies in the reshaped global order
  • The extended neighbourhood of the EU to the South and to the East
  • EU strategic partnerships and relations with Africa, Asia and the Americas


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