Yearly Archive: 2014

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Giving up on regime change, but hoping to transform them

In the last stretch of his second and final term, Barack Obama is coming out of the closet as an activist, using his presidential prerogatives. First has come the regularisation of nearly 5 million immigrants, then a push forwards in the negotiations with Teheran –which have gone beyond the [...]

How much Spanish sovereign debt does China hold?

After years trying to find out the currency composition of China’s foreign reserves portfolio (a topic mired in the outmost secrecy), I thought finding out who holds Spanish sovereign debt would be an easier job. Not least because we Europeans tend to think or at least pretend we are [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega We’re losing Turkey

Turkey is moving further away from the West and getting closer to Eurasia, including Russia. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s discourse is becoming steadily more anti-Western and anti-European. He recently claimed that the Turks had reached America three centuries before Christopher Columbus. He added: ‘Those who colonised America for its [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A more global connectedness

There are many who have held the belief that globalisation was a law of nature, like gravity. But it is not, and the events of the Great Recession should stand as a warning although, unlike in the Great Depression, there has been no collapse in a process that has [...]

Riding solo in the climate change battle is working

For UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the climate change issue is frustrating. His only hopes now lie in Paris, which will be the stage of the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference. His ambition is to bring together the uneven patchwork of binding and non-binding agreements in one solid universal [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Israel-Palestine: time is running out and religion is no help

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s attempt to define Israel by law (the country’s constitution is actually a series of laws) as a ‘Jewish nation-State’ –a move criticised by President Rivlin– not only shows how radicalisation is taking hold but further hinders any solution to the conflict, be it two States, three [...]

Has the EU already lost Britain?

Although British Prime Minister David Cameron appears to be doing his best to lose Europe, Europe has not yet lost the UK. Paradoxically, opinion polls suggest that British support for continued European Union (EU) membership is rising in response to the growing challenge posed by the Euroskeptic UK Independence [...]

Our new Global Presence website is here!

Today at the Elcano Royal Institute we present our new Global Presence website, concluded very satisfactorily with Geographica. For 13 months Ivanosca and Ángel have focused on developing the website, Carola has fine-tuned the content (what is it, documents and publications, news and FAQs) and Manuel (our data cruncher) [...]
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