María Angustias Caracuel Raya holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Complutense University (Madrid), a Master degree from El Salvador University (Argentina) and a Bachelor´s degree in Political Science. She earned several Diplomas at NATO School in Oberammergau and graduated from the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and the Inter-American Defence College in Washington, D.C. She has also participated in the Erasmus Program at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s University (United Kingdom) and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Department of State.

Currently, she works at the Counsellor Area of the Cabinet of the General Secretariat for Defence Policy (Ministry of Defence) and is the founder of the Association of Spanish Graduates in Security and Defence Issues (ADESyD) and Spanish Women in International Security (SWIIS), created under its auspices. She was appointed by an absolute majority of the Senate as a member of the Observatory of Military Life, which is ascribed to the Parliament.

She is the author of “Changes in NATO after the end of the Cold War”, with a foreword by Mr. Javier Solana (2 editions), and has published many articles on Euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean security, hemispheric security and UNSCR 1325. She is also the editor of ADESyD’s newsletter and other documents, available at