Yearly Archive: 2020

The ‘cyber’ priorities among the MENA States

In the context of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, access to cyberspace by states and societies poses risks to security across systems, services and infrastructure. Despite measurable progress in this regard, that is to say, in securing both undisturbed access to and use of the cyberspace, [...]

Geopolitically or not, the new EU fears and needs China

The new European Commission is set to be geopolitical. Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission President, wants the EU to become more active in the international arena, even assertive if needed. In a context of increasing hostility between two world powers, the US and China, and the rise of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Domestic politics / foreign policy

‘All politics is local’, observed Tip O’Neill, speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 1980s. Foreign policy and domestic politics and policy are intimately linked. Thus, the foreign arena is used to defend domestic interests, and the course of domestic politics determines various factors abroad. This involves [...]

African global presence: scant global presence and high concentration

The Elcano Global Presence Index includes 28 African countries: 86.7% of the region’s GDP and 78.1% of its population. Africa has the lowest global presence but the highest growth since 1990 (+141.4%), ahead of Asia and the Pacific. Its rank is in line with its GDP but not with [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A Saudi G20: the global projection of domestic reforms

Saudi Arabia, a key country in regional and global geopolitics, has changed and continues to change at breakneck speed in social, cultural and economic –albeit not political– terms. Many women drive and no longer veil their faces (they do still conceal their bodies, although others may be seen with [...]

In mourning for Brexit

Brexiteers will be celebrating the UK’s departure from the EU this evening with considerable fanfare. There will be a light show in Downing Street, featuring a clock face counting down the minutes until 11pm –midnight Brussels time– when the country leaves with a withdrawal deal. Union Jack flags will [...]

Which futures for which democracies

According to the latest edition of the Democracy Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit, globally there are more authoritarian and hybrid regimes than democratic countries: 91 States against 76. Within “democracy” category, 54 countries are flawed democracies, while only 22 States may be found at the “full democracy” label. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The emptying Europe

Alarm bells are ringing virtually across Europe: populations are in precipitous decline. Over the short term, let alone the long term, many of the EU’s eastern members have been literally contracting in terms of numbers since they joined the Union in 2013, due to the departure of young people [...]

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