According to Cadena Ser, the Spanish Ministry has been financing events held in Georgetown University for the past 3 years. Apparantly in 2001 the Spanish Popular Party Government signed an agreement worth 1.200.000 Euros with Georgetown University to develope a postgraduate programme. According to Cadena Ser, The Spanish Government used public money to finance this agreement.
Since signing this agreement, according to Cadena Ser, various Spanish government ministers have been invited to Georgetown in the past 3 years. The acting Director for University Quality for Spain (Agencia de Calidad Universitaria) is one of Georgetown University’s invited professors, and his wife, Antonia Martinez, who has acted as electoral advisor to the Spanish Presidency, is according to Cadena Ser, director of an online degree offered by the same University in collaboration with other universities.
According to the same source, one of the Vicepresidents of the outgoing Spanish Government, Rodrigo Rato, is a member of Georgetown University’s International Center of Strategic Studies.
Two days ago Georgetown University announced that Jose Maria Aznar, Spain’s outgoing President, will join Georgetown University next fall as a Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership where he will lead seminars on contemporary European politics and trans-Atlantic relationships.