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

Periodically, 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.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scotland: Salmond wins, even if he loses

In practice the referendum in Scotland will actually be a choice between ‘devo max’ or ‘outright independence’. Whatever the result, Salmond wins.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega What did NATO promise Gorbachev?

Some in Russia maintain that the West promised there would be no NATO expansion eastwards, even towards what was soon to be the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), in exchange for accepting German unification. The West, particularly the US, maintains there was no such commitment. Which is true?

Networked Egyptians

ICT development drew young Egyptians into the outside world and opened their eyes to a wider global picture, very different from the image offered by the state-controlled media.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega NATO: fronts, frontiers and vectors

NATO can choose between building either bridges or borders, but it cannot ignore the vectors. Does it know what it wants? Does it want what it knows? Do its members, who have been cutting their military expenditure as a result of the crisis, know what they want, even if they agree on calling for an increase?

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Geopolitics in the Cloud

Internet is also subject to geography and geopolitics. There is the question of ‘technological sovereignty’ that rests not only on the State, but also on firms and their capacity for innovation.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Gaza, Flight MH17 and Europe

The Israeli attack on Gaza and the downing of flight MH17 over the Eastern Ukraine have come to mark the tragic absence of Europe, the EU.

Albania: the Status is here!

After having been rejected three times by the European Council, Albania has finally been granted candidate country status, a crucial step in its transition to democracy since 1991 and its aspiration to become a part of the EU.

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