Monthly Archive: December 2013

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (12): Canada

We say good bye to 2013 with the last post of our series on what’s new in the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) 2012 country ranking which started in July. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) celebrates its 20th anniversary of implementation on 1 January 2014 but this [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (11): Italy

The penultimate post on what’s new on the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) 2012 ranking is dedicated to Italy (10th IEPG, 8th GDP and population of 59, 394,200 in 2012). This country remains within the IEPG’s top 10 although its position has steadily declined over the past decades, dropping [...]

Measuring the global presence of countries (10): European Union

On the ocassion of the last European Council of 2013, the EU Heads of State and Government discussed on a wide range of topics and also held a strategic debate on Common Security and Defence Policy. If we were to consider the European Union as a country, it would [...]

EU-China: strategic partnership in the making

The EU and China established a strategic partnership a decade ago. Both entered the partnership with over-expectations of being able to align their interests on many conflicting issues such as international intervention, human rights, market access, and weapons transfers. Those misperceptions fostered disappointment on both sides. One of the [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (9): Spain

We continue our series of posts on what’s new on the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) 2012 ranking and it’s about time to talk about our country. Spain is 11th on the IEPG ranking (13th GDP and population of 46,196,276 in 2012), a position it has retained over the [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (8): Japan

According to a draft of the new national security strategy of Japan released on 11 December, the country must “strengthen its own capabilities and expand its own roles”  seeking a larger role in the Asia-Pacific region as the balance of power shifts with the decline of the U.S influence [...]

Yes Moravcsik, we need to be more positive on Europe; and on the Euro too

The debate on Europe is largely dominated by doomsayers. The dominant discourse is that the European Union is in disarray. European policymakers are unable to get their act together. There is an increased rift between the creditor North and the indebted South. Economically speaking, Europe will be stuck in [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (7): China

China’s remarkable rise over the past decades has had its reflection on its placing in the IEPG. In 1990 it was 12th, but it has jumped to 4th place in 2012 (much in line with its GDP growth). It has climbed one position since last year’s edition and overtaken France. [...]
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