José María Aznar was President of the Spanish Government from 1996 to 2004. During his two mandates he liberalised the market and privatised industry – thus enabling Spain to become one of the ten largest economies in the world. One of José María Aznar’s most serious concerns is the battle against terrorism. He favours a tough policy combined with close international cooperation between democratic countries, and strongly opposes any kind of political concession. He is currently the executive president of The Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis, and a distinguished academic at the University of Georgetown, where he has taught various seminars on contemporary European politics at the Edmund A. Walsh School.