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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega G20: vacuity and hope

Amid the global pandemic and acute economic crisis that has followed, the G20 has been found wanting. In fact, the G20 –which is a grouping (rather than organisation) of states accounting for two thirds of the world’s population and 85% of its GDP– responded well in 2008-09 to the [...]

The geopolitical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the EU in the world

What will be the geopolitical impact of the COVID19 pandemic? And what should be the role of the EU in the post pandemic “new normal”? These are the questions that a recent report prepared by Florence Gaub, Deputy Director of the European Institute for Security Studies, for the European [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Geopolitics in the Cloud

It was brilliant idea to call it that, but the ‘cloud’ is not in the sky but very much on the ground, in servers that to a large extent (except for China, Russia and certain other powers) are located in the US. Internet is also subject to geography and [...]

Data governance: EU-China competition approaches

To talk about technologies is to talk about data. Discussions on global political positioning and economic competitiveness are intrinsically related to data. However, this departure point –the founding asset of other applications, is often overlooked. Data is a geopolitical and foreign policy dimension by itself. The European Union has [...]

The EU should refuse any negotiation on Huawei

COVID-19 has emerged as a catalyst of troublesome trends in international relations. It has revived the US-China rivalry and further put international institutions under stress. EU-China relations have not been unscathed. China has emerged as a necessary partner in times of need and there is space for cooperation in [...]

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 Trump against the future of China

It is not only a question of trade deficits or repatriating companies and jobs to the US. The main and most strategic reason for the war being waged by the Trump Administration on Beijing is not trade but halting, or at least containing, China in its race for technological [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The chessboard and the networks

Joseph Nye described the complex post-Cold War world as akin to three chessboards on which one has to play simultaneously: a chessboard of military power, dominated by the US; an intermediate multipolar board of economic power; and a more diverse realm of non-state actors. Anne-Marie Slaughter, in a book [...]

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