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Nobody’s perfect, not even Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a lasting impression on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September. Trudeau was met with an enthusiasm seldom seen at the GA as he spoke about solving the global refugee and migration crisis, and the importance of inter-state cooperation when [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Electoral scenarios: somewhere between grey and black

The western world, certainly the EU, with Trump, a debilitated Merkel and Le Pen (even Sarkozy) in charge would not be the same as one with Clinton, Juppé and a strengthened Merkel, or another German leader –without even considering the situation in the Netherlands, Austria and, of course, Spain–. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Connectography

Will it be infrastructure that saves us, this time on a global scale? Will such infrastructure involve the injection of money that the world economy needs and provide the connectivity needed for everyone? Meeting in Hangzhou on 4 and 5 September, the G20 made a commitment to infrastructure and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Woman with leadership skills needed for complex global organisation

After a succession of eight men it seems the time may have come for one of the most difficult diplomatic jobs on the planet, that of UN Secretary-General, to go to a woman. The Danish diplomat Mogens Lykketoff, current (until September) President of the General Assembly –the body charged [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Tax evasion and avoidance: a global problem

The revelations of the so-called Panama papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, have again brought to the fore the degree of corruption in certain countries and the problems generated by tax havens, some very close to Spain –in Europe itself–, and which neither the [...]

Contrasts between the realism of Kennan and Obama

Was George F. Kennan a diplomatic historian rather than a diplomat who wielded influence in government circles? The answer must be in the affirmative because, despite the kudos he garnered as the strategist who advocated containing the USSR from the outset of the Cold War, Kennan faced consistent problems [...]

Kennan’s ‘long telegram’: reflections from the past and the present

On 22 February 1946 George F. Kennan, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in Moscow, sent Washington a memorandum known as the ‘long telegram’, which was 5,000 words in length. A recapitulation of this document, The Sources of Soviet Conduct, written by the selfsame Kennan under the pseudonym of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Globalisation: factors of unity or division, depending on the circumstances

There are many dimensions to globalisation and they are constantly changing and varying in their composition: the trade in goods, capital flows (both of these are currently in decline), information flows (on the increase) and the movement of people (also rising, with huge problems). There is also cultural exchange [...]

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