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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The coming proliferation: home-printed guns

After drones have become cheaper and almost commonplace, making them available today to any armchair aviator, the new possibility is printing plastic guns at home that are able to fire real bullets. The technology involved is 3D printing –by way of microjets that print layer upon layer of plastic [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Giving up on regime change, but hoping to transform them

In the last stretch of his second and final term, Barack Obama is coming out of the closet as an activist, using his presidential prerogatives. First has come the regularisation of nearly 5 million immigrants, then a push forwards in the negotiations with Teheran –which have gone beyond the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A more global connectedness

There are many who have held the belief that globalisation was a law of nature, like gravity. But it is not, and the events of the Great Recession should stand as a warning although, unlike in the Great Depression, there has been no collapse in a process that has [...]

Riding solo in the climate change battle is working

For UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the climate change issue is frustrating. His only hopes now lie in Paris, which will be the stage of the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference. His ambition is to bring together the uneven patchwork of binding and non-binding agreements in one solid universal [...]

Our new Global Presence website is here!

Today at the Elcano Royal Institute we present our new Global Presence website, concluded very satisfactorily with Geographica. For 13 months Ivanosca and Ángel have focused on developing the website, Carola has fine-tuned the content (what is it, documents and publications, news and FAQs) and Manuel (our data cruncher) [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Meanwhile, in Scotland and England…

The September referendum on independence in Scotland, in which the ‘noes’ won by 10 points, has changed many things in that nation, and to the south, in England. Despite the ‘no’, nothing will ever be the same. The reverberations of the Scottish referendum are causing major changes in British [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Global Germany at 25

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 24 after unification, the German government has declared its intention of gaining a more active role in the world for Germany. To be more precise: those who have such an ambition are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Frank-Walter Steinmeier, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 1989, much more than the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this 9 November. That, but not only that, changed the world, although at the time it was not clearly seen that many of the seeds of what has occurred in this quarter century, and will continue to happen, were sown at that [...]

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