A window of opportunity for a post-Busan donor

‘The world has changed dramatically, so let’s do business as usual’. This is more or less what the HLP proposes in its report on the post-2015 development agenda. But make no mistake: this is not necessarily a flaw of the report. Eradicating extreme poverty, putting sustainable development at the core of[...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (1): Russia

On 17 June, we posted that it IS possible to measure the global presence of countries through the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG, according to its initials in Spanish) as an index compared to other indexes and indicators and as an analytic tool. As the IEPG’s results for 2012[...]

Parallels between Egypt’s and Turkey’s protests

The ousting by the military of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi must have been unsettling for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who recently faced similar but much less massive protests over his authoritarian style of government. The Egyptian press put the number of protesters around the country at 14[...]

Spain: looking ahead to the African Century

I am a great believer in Africa. In 2010 a study by the McKinsey Global Institute stated that six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies in the previous decade were not in Asia but on the African continent. Since then, my scepticism regarding an African economic miracle has gradually[...]

It IS possible to measure the global presence of countries. Check out the IEPG!

A couple of years ago, the Elcano Royal Institute launched a new project: the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG, according to its initials in Spanish). The IEPG estimates the international projection of countries in three areas: economic (primary goods, energy, manufactures, services and investments), military (troops deployed and military[...]

The European Global Strategy and EU enlargement

After several months of intense work, the European Global Strategy (project led by four European think tanks: Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Polish Institute of International Affairs y Real Instituto Elcano) was finally released on 28 May. It’s no secret that EU enlargement is one of the key issues for Europe’s the short-[...]

Sudan: a potential area of investment?

Sudan has always been a trading and cultural bridge between Africa and the Arab world and, consequently, a land of great diversity –ethnic, cultural and religious–. The country has experienced a long internal conflict for around 50 years that only recently, in 2011, led to the independence of South[...]

Presidential elections in Iran: an opportunity for renewal?

Recent negotiations held in Almaty, Kazakhstan between P5+1 members and Iran have failed. Though previous negotiations held in February seemed to indicate progress, little should have been expected from the April 6th talks. [...]

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