Monthly Archive: June 2013

Spain: looking ahead to the African Century

I am a great believer in Africa. In 2010 a study by the McKinsey Global Institute stated that six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies in the previous decade were not in Asia but on the African continent. Since then, my scepticism regarding an African economic miracle has gradually [...]

It IS possible to measure the global presence of countries. Check out the IEPG!

A couple of years ago, the Elcano Royal Institute launched a new project: the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG, according to its initials in Spanish). The IEPG estimates the international projection of countries in three areas: economic (primary goods, energy, manufactures, services and investments), military (troops deployed and military [...]

The European Global Strategy and EU enlargement

After several months of intense work, the European Global Strategy (project led by four European think tanks: Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Polish Institute of International Affairs y Real Instituto Elcano) was finally released on 28 May. It’s no secret that EU enlargement is one of the key issues for Europe’s the short- [...]

Sudan: a potential area of investment?

Sudan has always been a trading and cultural bridge between Africa and the Arab world and, consequently, a land of great diversity –ethnic, cultural and religious–. The country has experienced a long internal conflict for around 50 years that only recently, in 2011, led to the independence of South [...]
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