Jordi Vaquer is the director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the regional director for Europe at the Open Society Foundations. In these positions, he works to advance the values and institutions of open society in the cities and countries of the European Union and the Western Balkans. Vaquer writes a regular column about international affairs in El Pais (Spain’s leading newspaper), provides commentary for other media, and often speaks at international debates and seminars on international affairs and EU politics. Before becoming director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, Vaquer was director of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, one of southern Europe’s most influential international relations think tanks. Vaquer graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; received an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium; and completed a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.