Monthly Archive: October 2018

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Ending Zero-Zero under China’s shadow

The signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) by the US and the Soviet Union in 1987 marked the beginning of a new era and the end of the Cold War. It was the means whereby Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev renounced (zero on each side) an entire [...]

Aid, power and politics: the debate needs to go back to basics

Last week, the Elcano Royal Institute hosted a workshop on Aid, Power and Politics. Academics, analysts and practitioners from Argentina, Canada, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States gathered to debate the fundamentals of global aid. For the last three decades, Development Studies have [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega US unemployment: good, but…

The latest official unemployment figure in the US, released in September, stood at 3.7%, a figure unheard of since 1969, which puts it on the brink of full employment. Or does it? Because despite the data, and annual GDP growth of 4.2%, there is widespread malaise in US society [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 2018, a lost year for Europe

There was a time when it was hoped that 2018 would be the year in which the EU, the project, would get back on track. The economic crisis had been surmounted, albeit with aftereffects. In France, Emmanuel Macron was elected President in May 2017 on a platform of relaunching [...]

A tale of Africa’s behaviour in Elcano Global Presence Index

The Elcano Global Presence Index is calculated and updated yearly. Ten new countries are added to the Index database every year. This means that we now have records of global presence index value, contributions (of the economic, military and soft dimension to countries’ external projection) and quotas (held by [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Half the world is middle class

The middle and wealthy classes now account for more than half the world’s population, rather more than 3.8 billion people, a majority. This is the conclusion of a World Data Lab report covering 97% of the world’s population and published on the Brookings Institution blog. This is a clear [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega If the UK stays

The prospect is again being raised of Brexit not taking place and the UK remaining in the EU. Negotiations are at an impasse, the opposition Labour Party’s attitude has changed and public opinion is shifting. The motion passed at the annual Labour Party conference in Liverpool last week leaves [...]

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