Yearly Archive: 2015

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Iran’s reconciliation with the world upsets regional balances

During his successful 2013 election campaign, the centrist President Hassan Rouhani pledged ‘to reconcile Iran with the world’, thus indicating that he (and others) felt a degree of personal responsibility for the long 35 years of the country’s distancing from the rest of the world. The framework agreement reached [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europeans race head over heels to Beijing

China has launched an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a good initiative in a region that in the coming years will require large, actually huge, transport systems and other public works. But the move has driven a further wedge between the US and Europe, at a time when they [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Farewell Palestine?

Farewell to a Palestinian state? Despite his commitment in 2009, in his recent election campaign Benjamin Netanyahu backtracked and pledged that he would never accept a solution to the conflict based on two States. Now, following his electoral victory, a Palestinian State does indeed look unlikely, particularly given Netanyahu’s [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A European army? But first a Defence Union

Jean-Claude Juncker can sometimes be very daring. But words count, and should be used with precision. Speaking to a German newspaper, the President of the European Commission has called for a ‘European army’ to help cope with the challenge posed by Russia, to defend European ‘values’ and for the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The UK: a more insular island

The UK has to some extent been absent, or has withdrawn somewhat, from both the international and, above all, European scenarios. This is partly due to the policy of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and partly to the growing insularity of a country whose domestic political life is increasingly [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Tsipras seeks some leeway

The Tsipras’ government has soon discovered what sharing sovereignty means in the Eurozone, especially in a country being rescued by “the institutions” (we no longer call them the Troika). Many comments, especially from outside Greece (but even from Syriza’s more leftist factions) consider that the concessions made by the [...]

Financial crises and flushing toilets

Last week I was at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention in New Orleans (Louisiana). The ISA is the most important gathering of International Relations (IR) and International Political Economy (IPE) scholars in the world. Usually there are thousands of delegates and hundreds of panels, and this time [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe: fewer Jews, more anti-Semites

Is anti-Semitism on the rise again in Europe, now that it has fewer Jews than ever? The latest outbreaks –in France the attack against a kosher supermarket in Paris and the desecration of Jewish gravestones, in Denmark the shootings in Copenhagen and, before that, attacks in Belgium– would seem [...]

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