Manuel Gracia Santos

Manuel Gracia Santos

Analyst for the Elcano Global Presence Index project at the Elcano Royal Institute. PhD in Economics and Master Master in International Economics and Development, he is currently Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Economics at Madrid's Complutense University. @mgraciasn

Measuring the global presence of countries (10): European Union

On the ocassion of the last European Council of 2013, the EU Heads of State and Government discussed on a wide range of topics and also held a strategic debate on Common Security and Defence Policy. If we were to consider the European Union as a country, it would [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (9): Spain

We continue our series of posts on what’s new on the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) 2012 ranking and it’s about time to talk about our country. Spain is 11th on the IEPG ranking (13th GDP and population of 46,196,276 in 2012), a position it has retained over the [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (8): Japan

According to a draft of the new national security strategy of Japan released on 11 December, the country must “strengthen its own capabilities and expand its own roles”  seeking a larger role in the Asia-Pacific region as the balance of power shifts with the decline of the U.S influence [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (7): China

China’s remarkable rise over the past decades has had its reflection on its placing in the IEPG. In 1990 it was 12th, but it has jumped to 4th place in 2012 (much in line with its GDP growth). It has climbed one position since last year’s edition and overtaken France. [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (6): France

On occasion of the recent meeting at the Elcano Royal Institute with the French Ambassador to Spain Jérôme Bonnafont on 29 October,  we continue our series of posts on what’s new on the IEPG 2012 ranking. In 2012 France was 5th in the IEPG, after dropping one place from [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (5): the Netherlands

On occasion of the speech of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on 17 September –which declared the end of the Dutch welfare state– and the recent meeting at the Elcano Royal Institute with the Dutch Ambassador to Spain Cornelis van Rij, we continue our series of posts on what’s [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (4): Germany

The results of the German legislative elections on 22 September could signal a turning point in the euro crisis. So we’re returning to our series on what’s new on Germany in the IEPG 2012 ranking. The German economy has ranked 2nd in the IEPG since the beginning of the [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (3): United States

The Elcano Blog is back in business after the Summer break. We’re returning to our series on what’s new in the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) 2012 country ranking. The United States (1st IEPG, 1st GDP and population of 315,950,000 in 2012) retains its leading position on the IEPG [...]

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