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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The decline of the West, 1918-2018

This summer will mark the centenary of the appearance of the first volume of Oswald Spengler’s influential The Decline of the West (Der Untergang des Abendlandes), first published in 1918, when the First World War was in its death throes prior to the November armistice. One hundred years later [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Psychographic advertising: the global battle to sway minds

It’s nothing new. Much indeed was known or suspected: specifically, that by using data from social media it is possible to send and personalise messages –true and otherwise– to reach many millions of individual users (who, even if pseudonymous, are real) or groups of them. Using Facebook data this [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Democracies on the back foot

Democracies are on the defence. In its recent National Security Strategy, the Trump Administration –advocating ‘a return to a principled realism’– fails to mention promoting democracy and human rights beyond US borders, although it does refer to ‘our community of like-minded-democratic states’. The EU has its own democracy problems [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega An Argentine G20: a Latin American agenda that concerns everyone

The exercise has just begun and will culminate in the November summit in Buenos Aires. It is important for Argentina, for its President, Mauricio Macri, for Latin America, and for the G20 itself. ‘The G20 is an opportunity for Argentina and for the region’, remarked the head of the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Big states, big business, troubled societies

Shop window, megaphone and venue for discreet meetings: Davos is all these things. The main participants at the most recent World Economic Forum were the major states –geopolitical problems sometimes stem from others of lesser calibre– and the large technology and IT companies. It has been held at a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The geopolitics of sexual harassment

The sexual harassment of women has made its way onto the global agenda. The growing alarm sounded by victims of the famous and not so famous in the US looks set to spread to other countries, and could start to have geopolitical ramifications. One such was the defeat of [...]

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

On 27 November more than 2000 representatives of governments, business, international bodies, academia, trade unions, the media and civil society met in Geneva for the 2017 annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The forum discussed issues relating to the UNGPs (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Editing the genome requires global governance

Scientific progress is posing problems that hitherto pertained to the realm of dreams or nightmares but are now part of reality. An instance is the editing of human genes, something the recently-discovered technique known as CRISPR enables with the utmost precision and increasing inexpensiveness. Every month there are reports [...]
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