Yearly Archive: 2013

Presidential elections in Iran: an opportunity for renewal?

Recent negotiations held in Almaty, Kazakhstan between P5+1 members and Iran have failed. Though previous negotiations held in February seemed to indicate progress, little should have been expected from the April 6th talks. [...]

European Global Strategy Project: opinions and ideas on the EU’s future as a global actor

Some weeks ago, the Elcano Royal Institute held a Seminar on the European Global Strategy Project. For the occasion, the Institute brought together several experts on European foreign affairs, including Javier Solana, the EU’s former High Representative for CFSP and author of the European Security Strategy, who actively supports this new [...]

New President of Cyprus: An Opportunity to Reunify the Country after almost 40 years

Nicos Anastasiades, the new president of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974 following a Greek-inspired coup, was the only prominent politician who voted in favour of Kofi Annan’s Plan in the 2004 referendum to reunify the country when he was head of the conservative [...]

Troubled Waters in East Asia and Japan’s Middle Power Diplomacy

In February 2013 Professor Soeya Yoshihide, Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at Keio University, visited the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid and delivered a lecture on “Troubled Waters in East Asia and Japan’s Middle Power Diplomacy”. He highlighted Japan’s challenges in East Asia in relation to [...]

Who wields power in Brussels?

Guest author: Jose María de Areilza (ESADE Law School & ASPEN Institute Spain). The Spanish government has begun to recover credibility in  European institutions, lost during the Zapatero era. Some voices deny it and seek evidence to the contrary. They mention appointments in the Executive Council of the European [...]

(One of) The World’s Next Problems

What does the following graph tell us? Well, quite a few things. First, that domestic inequalities have been rising (at least for the countries plotted) for a few decades now. So yes, maybe equity is another victim of the current crisis and income dispersion has increased faster in the [...]

Opportunities for Spanish Diplomacy in Times of Crisis

Economic criteria were the driving forces underlying the decision. However, there should also be a more strategic consideration, linked to a view of the future of Spanish diplomacy (and foreign policy in general) in a context of adapting to the new European legal framework and the new capacities assumed [...]

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