Dr Clara PORTELA holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and an MA from the Free University of Berlin (Germany). She is currently a full-time faculty member in Political Science at the University of Valencia (Spain), having previously served in a similar role at Singapore Management University (Singapore). She is the author of the monograph ‘European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy’ (2010), which received the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration. Her research focuses on the foreign policy of the European Union, and she has participated in consultative processes convened by the United Nations, the European External Action Service, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the UK House of Lords, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Parliament of Canada and the private sector. Clara Portela has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and at College of Europe (Belgium/Poland), and has held visiting positions with the University of London (UK), Carleton University (Canada), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France), and Monash University (Australia), among others.