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Fundación Alternativas

Fundacion Alternativas
Organization information
TypePolicy Think Tank
LocationMadrid, Spain
PresidentPere Portabella

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Fundación Alternativas (in English Alternatives Foundation) is an Spanish progressive think tank created in 1997 in Madrid which aims to discuss issues of interest to citizens and act as a channel of political, social, economic and cultural thought. Although many members of this patronage and direction belong to the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (social-democrats), the Foundation has no legal or organizational relationship with this party.

Fundación Alternativas has four autonomous departments of study:

*Laboratorio de Alternativas (Alternatives Laboratory), whose director is Belén Barreiro, is configured as a meeting place, discussion and collaboration between universities, researchers, public authorities and anyone else interested in improving collective life. Its primary goal is to bring public policy under permanent scrutiny, to assess its suitability for the construction of an advanced society in terms of individual and collective freedoms, justice and social equity and economic progress.

*Observatorio de Política Exterior española (OPEX) (Alternatives Foundation’s Observatory of Spanish Foreign Policy) whose director is the vice president of the Foundation, Nicolás Sartorius. OPEX was established in October 2004 to refresh and promote Spain’s foreign policy on all fronts: politics, security, economics and culture. The Observatory seeks to act as a center of study, debate and dissemination of Spanish foreign policy issues from a progressive standpoint. Spanish foreign policy is analyzed from a critical point of view, open to innovative approaches in the different geographical and thematic, bilateral and multilateral areas within the framework of Spain's membership in the European Union and its inclusion in the globalization process.

*Estudios de Progreso (Studies of Progress), a program of progress and proposals for social change for young researchers.

*Observatorio de Cultura y Comunicación (OCC-FA) (Observatory for Culture and Communication), a center of study, debate and proposals on the current transformations of culture and communication, and public policies that affect them.

From its founding, its president was Victoria Camps until 2001, when she was replaced by Pere Portabella. In its patronage are Felipe González, Gregorio Peces-Barba, Joaquín Almunia, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and many others.

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