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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Islamic State: terrorism and insurgency

The Islamic State (IS) is a practitioner of terrorism even more terrible than al-Qaeda as it has recently amply demonstrated. But that does not explain everything. It is also an insurgent movement and an army, and unless that is understood the strategy carried out by the US will fail. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The other necessary international coalition: against the Ebola epidemic

The international coalition against the Ebola epidemic is slowly being built upon the accumulation of mistakes made in the recent past. The number of cases in West Africa is growing exponentially –doubling every month— and now totals well over 3,000. Speaking at the UN, Barack Obama warned of the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega To sit and to be on the Security Council

Periodically, more or less every 10 years, Spain gears itself for the enormous effort to get itself elected by the UN General Assembly a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years. Planning for the occasion was initiated by the previous Spanish government, under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Geopolitics in the Cloud

It was brilliant idea to call it that, but the ‘cloud’ is not in the sky but very much on the ground, in servers that to a large extent (except for China, Russia and certain other powers) are located in the US. Internet is also subject to geography and [...]

The BRICS bank: the first big move in China’s global weiqi game

The coming weekend a number of senior officials of the BRICS will arrive to Brazil. Most of them will try to attend the football world cup final on Sunday, but enjoying the atmosphere of the Maracaná stadium will not be the highlight of their visit. After the weekend they [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Iraq’s failures

A forgotten duo is making a comeback: Sykes-Picot. In 1916 these two civil servants, one British and the other French, designed –ie, divided up– the map of the Middle East between their countries’ respective areas of influence, creating artificial states such as Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was part [...]

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 [...]

Al-Sisi, the Arsonist Firefighter

Tafwid in Arabic means “mandate”. That is what the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Abdelfattah al-Sisi, asked the Egyptians to give him on July 24, 2013. Three weeks after the coup he staged against President Mohamed Morsi, al-Sisi said in a speech: “Next Friday, every honorable and honest [...]

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