Federico Trillo-Figueroa Martínez-Conde

Minister of Defense of Spain (2000-2004), president of the Congress of Deputies (1996-2000), ambassador of Spain in the United Kingdom (2012-2017).

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GeopoliticsLegal cultureSeguridad y defensa

Who is Federico Trillo-Figueroa Martínez-Conde?

Federico Trillo-Figueroa Martínez-Conde is a Spanish jurist and politician belonging to the Popular Party, as well as the author of various publications on military, security and defense matters. He is a decisive figure in contemporary Spain due to his influence on the development of the Spanish constitutional state.

Throughout his distinguished political career, he has held positions such as President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (1996-2000), Defense Minister (2000-2004) and Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2012- 2017).

What is a conference with Federico Trillo-Figueroa Martínez-Conde like?

Federico Trillo-Figueroa's lectures are a space for reflection and dissemination of contemporary legal and political thought.

In them, he shares with the audience reflections on Spanish and international politics, with special emphasis on issues related to security, defense and geopolitics in the new World Order.

Likewise, and as a result of his experience as a jurist, he reflects on the evolution and current state of the institutions and the Spanish constitutional system, offering an accurate diagnosis combined with anecdotes that have characterized his management in politics and the fact of having been in first line for many years.

What has been his professional career and contribution to society?

Federico Trillo-Figueroa Martínez-Conde has a degree in Law from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Law with an extraordinary award from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Since 1981 he has been a lawyer from the Madrid College. After having formed part of the Legal Corps of the Navy and accessed the body of lawyers of the Council of State, in 1989 he began political activity, serving as general coordinator of the refoundation of the Popular Party and assuming the position of deputy secretary general.

From 1989 to 2012 he was deputy for Alicante. During that period he held the position of vice president of Congress and was spokesman for Constitutional and Justice. In addition, as commissioner of the PP before the Constitutional Court, he filed an appeal of unconstitutionality against the Corcuera Law.

After having been president of the Congress and of the Cortes Generales (1996-2000), he served as Defense Minister until 2004, during which time he developed the complete professionalization of military service and the end of the "military". In addition, he launched the new professional army and the modernization of material and infrastructure, such as the launch of the Eurofighter, A-400-M programs, Pizarro vehicles and F-100 frigates. In addition, he promoted the re-foundation of the CNI (formerly CESID) and its respective legal framework. In the operational field, he promoted the recovery of the Perejil islet and deactivated the international missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also addressed the development and approval of the first Defense Strategic Review.

From 2005 to 2012 he was spokesman for the Constitutional and Justice of the Popular Party and from 2012 to 2017 ambassador of Spain in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. During this last period, the referendums in Scotland (2014) and Brexit (2016), the general elections, the resignation of David Cameron and the election of Theresa May as prime minister followed.

He has collaborated on various collective books, and as an author, he has developed various publications on military and security and defense matters. He is the author of Political power in Shakespeare's dramas (Espasa-Calpe, 1999), Pregones y semblanzas (Cajamurcia, 1998) and Shakespeare's censor (Espasa / Planeta, 2022).

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