Yearly Archive: 2021

COVID-19: lockdowns, recession and… a new stock market bubble?

2020 has been a year marked by the outbreak of COVID-19, lockdowns and a deep recession in the world’s economy. Yet, after a first pandemic-driven low in March 2020 the Nasdaq had risen 100% towards the end of January 2021 and, along with the S&P 500 and the Dow [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega From Afghanistan to China: the pathology of victory

On September 11 this year the longest war ever waged by the US will come to an end, in a phase involving both the US and NATO, following the withdrawal announced by Biden, 20 years after the al-Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Lest there be [...]

China’s Digital Silk Road in Latin America and the Caribbean

China, through its Digital Silk Road (or DSR) aims to helping middle-income and developing countries to bridge the digital gap. Its goals: strengthening Internet infrastructure in other countries, deepening space cooperation, joint technology standards development, and the improvement of efficiency for security and police systems from their partners. The [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The fall and stagnation of the global middle class

A great revolution of recent decades has been the powerful emergence of a significant global middle class. Among the destructive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest is its worldwide decline and the growth of those in poverty, except in China. According to a Pew Research Center [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega US-EU: political convergence, economic divergence

The political and geopolitical convergence between the new Biden Administration and the EU and its member states is starting to become evident. But economic divergence may be emerging at the same time, with the US pulling ahead, as a result of the manner of tackling recovery from the COVID-19 [...]

After the European Council: is there a formula for stability with an unpredictable Turkey?

One week before the European Council meeting, Turkey watchers witnessed a member of the Turkish Parliament from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and a human rights defender, Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, got controversially convicted for a social media post. Then, country’s top prosecutor filed a case with the constitutional court [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Myanmar, a coup of the digital age

There was a time, the second industrial revolution being already well under way, when the first targets to be captured by anyone plotting a coup against legitimate governments were the main telephone exchange and the odd radio transmitter. Later it became television. The coup d’état being perpetrated by the [...]

Restoring the rule of law within the EU. In judges we trust

How to respond to the rule of law challenges faced as a result of access to power of Right-wing populist parties in some EU states is an outstanding question. Populism is a contested concept. Is it an ideology, a political movement, or a political style? From the standpoint of [...]

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