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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European defence: not so much spending more, but spending better

There was no need to wait for a prod from either Trump or Putin, but perhaps the inducement provided by Brexit was necessary. Europe –some of its states at least– needs to spend a little more on defence, but above all to spend better, something that has not always [...]

From presence to influence: new patterns for the US and China?

A country’s global presence, as defined in the Elcano’s Global Presence Index, is the aggregate product of a range of economic, military and soft variables. By measuring the external projection of a country –the extent of its international engagement– the Index provides a useful empirical basis to assess its [...]

Clinton dissipates Trump’s September Surge

The fierce challenge that Donald Trump mounted against Hillary Clinton –as expressed in the polls– during the final days of August and the first three weeks of September appears to have dissipated. In the two weeks since the first presidential debate, the trend in all of the polls (which [...]

Germans and their “angst”

Germany has a new Right.  It is strong, it is represented in nearly every state parliament, and, according to all predictions, it will move into the Bundestag in the coming year.  The Federal Republic has been turned on its head ever since Angela Merkel’s government, in agreement with Austria, [...]

The Clinton-Trump election remains tight

A week after the first presidential debate in the US, and just over a month before the election on November 8th, the polls remain tight, if at times inconsistent. The first debate seems to have led to an improvement in the polls for Hillary Clinton, both with respect to [...]

Israeli Sephardim can finally be Spanish again

The Law 12/2015 of 24th June granting Spanish nationality to Sephardim originating in Spain, promoted by former Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, is a historic gesture that crowns the process of reconciliation of Spain with its Sephardim. This process began in 1900 when Senator Ángel Pulido reached out to [...]

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 [...]
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