Yearly Archive: 2019

Latin America global presence: a passive player in the globalization

The Elcano Global Presence Index includes 22 Latin American countries (99.5% of the region’s GDP and 97.5% of its population). The region ranks fourth in the global presence ranking. However, the gaps with the Middle East and Africa are narrowing. It is the region with the lowest global presence [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega From Brexit to Great Singapore in Europe

In the wake of Boris Johnson’s resounding victory in the British election, Brexit looks set to happen on the date envisaged, 31 January, and on the terms agreed. But Brexit (the UK’s formal departure from the EU), despite all the energy spent on it, has only just begun. The [...]

Aerial international military cooperation: trust and transparency?

From time to time, United States’ foreign policy is put under strain, but the produced noise is never heard beyond Washington, D.C. In October 2019, Eliot Engel, Democrat representative for New York and House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, sent a letter to Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser, in which [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Hamilton: from impeachment to Broadway and back

The US had some wise founding fathers, who not only drafted an exemplary constitution that, with major amendments, endures to this day, but also foresaw that country’s rise in the world. Prominent among them was Alexander Hamilton who, while not managing to become President, did become the first Secretary [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega NATO, lacking political guidance and with no arbitrary 2%

When Emmanuel Macron claimed in his declarations to The Economist that NATO was ‘brain dead’, he was essentially making the same observation as the child in the story, namely that the Emperor has no clothes. In operational terms, the North Atlantic Alliance has never had more military in its [...]

Future risks: towards a common governance in light of uncertainty

In February 2002, the United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, when asked about the ack of evidence linking the Iraqi government with the supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist organizations, replied: “There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns (…). [...]

No electoral system is perfect, but some seem fairer

Spaniards rightly complain they have had four general elections in the last four years, a record for an EU country, because politicians have been unable to form a sustainable government, while the British are equally fed up with their politicians, albeit for very different reasons (Brexit). In both cases, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Praise for the whistleblower

The fact that Donald Trump finds himself in dire straits and facing possible impeachment proceedings is due to a public servant filing an internal complaint that the President had used foreign policy against a political opponent. There has also been a subsequent attempt at a cover-up. In Washington, scandals [...]

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