Forum Experts 2018
Francisco Javier Ruperez Rubio
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to NATO (1982–1983); Consul General to the US Midwest, Kingdom of Spain (2007-2011); Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, United Nations (2004-2007)
Javier Ruperez was Spain’s Ambassador to the US between 2000 and 2004. He had been Ambassador to the Madrid Session of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1979-1982) and Ambassador to NATO (1982-1983). He was Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director of the Counterterrorism Committee at the United Nations Security Council in New York between 2004 and 2007. As a Spanish diplomat he has served in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1967-69), Warsaw, Poland (1969-71), Helsinki, Finland (1972-73), and Geneva, Switzerland (1973-75). He actively participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Helsinki Final Act. He was the Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary and of the Minister at the Spanish Foreign Ministry (1975-77). He retired from the Spanish Diplomatic Career in 2011, as Consul General to the US Midwest in Chicago.
Involved in politics since his university years, he was active in the Christian Democratic movements of opposition during Franco’s time, to become later (1977-82) Secretary for International Relations and Member of the Executive Board of the Union of the Democratic Center, Prime Minister’s Adolfo Suarez party. He was elected Member of the Spanish Parliament in 1979 and reelected several times, as a representative or a senator, till 2000. He was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and of the Defense Committee of the House of Representatives (1996-2000). He was Secretary General and then President of the Christian Democratic International (1998-2000), President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE (1996-98) and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1998-2000). He was President of the Spanish Christian Democratic Party (1986-88) and between 1989 and 2000 Vice-president and Member of the Executive Board of the People’s Party, led by Primer Minister Jose Maria Aznar. He was the President of the NGO “Fundacion Humanismo y Democracia” between 1989 and 2000.
He has published several books on foreign policy, international relations and the fight against terrorism. He was kidnapped by the Basque nationalist terrorist group ETA and held for a month, in November and December 1979. He has published also a novel and a book of short stories. He is a regular contributor to the Spanish daily “ABC” and to the Spanish digital daily “El Imparcial” and his essays have appeared in “Revista de Occidente”, “Cuadernos de Pensamiento Politico”, “Politica Exterior”,”Boletin del Instituto Elcano”, “Cuenta y Razón” and “Nueva Revista”, among other publications. He was in 1963, together with Professor Joaquin Ruiz Gimenez and few others, one of the founders of the political monthly magazine “Cuadernos para el Diálogo”, at the time a rare attempt to coalesce the democratic opposition against General Franco.
Currently he is the President of RuperezInternational LLC, a consulting firm incorporated in the USA, a Senior Adviser at the CSIS´s Europe Program and a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He sits as well in the boards of several Spanish NGOS : “Fundacion FAES” ,“Círculo Cívico de Opinión”, and “Fundación para la Libertad”. He is a corresponding member of the “Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas”. He teaches courses on International Security at the Instituto Atlántico de Gobierno, the Villanueva Center of the Universidad Complutense and the San Pablo CEU University. From 2011 to 2015 he was a board member of Abengoa Bioenergy.
He was and remains an active participant in the academic circuit. He has participated in seminars, courses and lectures in several Spanish Universities –Complutense in Madrid, San Pablo CEU in Madrid, Pontificia in Salamanca, Valladolid, Córdoba, Sevilla, ESADE in Barcelona, Menendez Pelayo in Santander- as well as American Universities –Columbia, New York; Loyola and De Paul in Chicago; Bingham Young in Provo, Utah; Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti; Wisconsin in Madison; Central Connecticut State University in New Brittain; New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown; Beloit College, Illinois; Georgetown, DC. At present he regularly teaches International Security and Institutions at the Instituto Atlántico de Gobierno, at the Universidad Complutense and at the Universidad CEU San Pablo, all three located in Madrid, Spain.
A Law graduate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1963), he joined the Spanish Foreign Service in 1965. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Rakela (nee Cerovic) and daughter Laura. He has another daughter, Marta, from his previous marriage with the deceased Geraldine Molenveld.
Javier Ruperez holds the rank of Ambassador at the Spanish Diplomatic Service. He has been awarded numerous Spanish and foreign distinctions and decorations.