Monthly Archive: April 2014

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘After the Crimea: ¿towards a new deterrence?’

The crisis with Russia over the Crimea and the Ukraine in general has led the EU and NATO to start re-thinking the concept of deterrence, although in a very different context from that of the Cold War. Re-thinking has only just begun, given the current events and in view [...]

Al-Sisi, the Arsonist Firefighter

Tafwid in Arabic means “mandate”. That is what the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Abdelfattah al-Sisi, asked the Egyptians to give him on July 24, 2013. Three weeks after the coup he staged against President Mohamed Morsi, al-Sisi said in a speech: “Next Friday, every honorable and honest [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Mental maps, real maps

The Popes, as noted by various scholars, have –or have had– their own ideas about God. Political leaders, especially those with a geopolitical sense, have different maps of their countries or their surroundings inside their heads. What map does Putin have in mind? It would be important to know… [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Still emerging, but not so much

They are performing better than we Europeans, but not as well as before. The growth of the emerging economies is slowing down. Are we at the end of the Great Convergence, as Dani Rodrik suggested some months ago, or is this just a slowdown, as Martin Wolf saw it, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘What European solidarity can Italy and Spain, faced with an avalanche of illegal immigrants in Ceuta and Melilla and Lampedusa, ask for and expect?’

Andrés Ortega asks Corinne Balleix, Political scientist (Science Po, París) and author of La politique migratoire de l’Union européenne, and Ferruccio Pastore, Director of FIERI (Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull’Immigrazione, Turin, Italy). [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega NATO makes a comeback, or not?

The announcement of NATO’s clinical death at the age of 65 has been premature. It is emerging from Afghanistan after a long war with uncertain results, but which has also seen history’s largest military coalition, comprising the 28 NATO allies and a further 22 States that have cooperated with [...]
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