Andrés Ortega

Andrés Ortega

Senior Research Fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute. He is also an independent consultant and director of the Observatorio de las Ideas.
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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scottish compassion

Scotland’s independence movement is different from others in Europe. The country’s leader and First Minister, Alex Salmond, has always made a point of distancing himself from debates on ethnicity and national identity. Hence, he recoils from any comparisons with Catalonia or other cases. For Scotland he wants, first and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Is Obama a good President?

In terms of foreign policy, Barack Obama is giving the Americans what they want deep in their hearts. Opinion polls, like the recently published survey by The Wall Street Journal, show a citizenship eager for the country withdrawing to a certain extent from the world. Nearly half want a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘After the Crimea: ¿towards a new deterrence?’

The crisis with Russia over the Crimea and the Ukraine in general has led the EU and NATO to start re-thinking the concept of deterrence, although in a very different context from that of the Cold War. Re-thinking has only just begun, given the current events and in view [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Mental maps, real maps

The Popes, as noted by various scholars, have –or have had– their own ideas about God. Political leaders, especially those with a geopolitical sense, have different maps of their countries or their surroundings inside their heads. What map does Putin have in mind? It would be important to know… [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Still emerging, but not so much

They are performing better than we Europeans, but not as well as before. The growth of the emerging economies is slowing down. Are we at the end of the Great Convergence, as Dani Rodrik suggested some months ago, or is this just a slowdown, as Martin Wolf saw it, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘What European solidarity can Italy and Spain, faced with an avalanche of illegal immigrants in Ceuta and Melilla and Lampedusa, ask for and expect?’

Andrés Ortega asks Corinne Balleix, Political scientist (Science Po, París) and author of La politique migratoire de l’Union européenne, and Ferruccio Pastore, Director of FIERI (Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull’Immigrazione, Turin, Italy). [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega NATO makes a comeback, or not?

The announcement of NATO’s clinical death at the age of 65 has been premature. It is emerging from Afghanistan after a long war with uncertain results, but which has also seen history’s largest military coalition, comprising the 28 NATO allies and a further 22 States that have cooperated with [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask…‘What can be done from abroad to deactivate the social confrontation in Venezuela?’

Andrés Ortega asks Simón Pachano ( Political scientist, lecturer and researcher of FLACSO Ecuador), Carlos A. Romero (Institute of Political Studies, Central University of Venezuela) and Juan Carlos Monedero (Professor of Political Science and Administration, Complutense University of Madrid and researcher at the Miranda International Center). [...]

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