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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The retreat of the West

George W. Bush, Bush junior, entered the White House in January 2001 on a platform that emphasised a degree of isolationism, deriving from the unipolar episode the US was experiencing. The September 11 attacks that same year awoke him from the slumbers of the strategic snooze the US (and [...]

The end of the world pre-COVID: what do the 2020 results of the Elcano Global Presence Index tell us?

Today we are launching the 2020 edition of the Elcano Global Presence Index. This 11th edition does not yet reflect the effect of the pandemic, so, in a sense, it can be considered a description of the world before the eruption of the pandemic. A world that had, however, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Deep tech: the return of the grand projects of bits and atoms

In the last few days two prominent entrepreneurs, Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the Blue Origin aerospace business, have boarded their respective companies’ rockets for commercial –or promotional– voyages with private passengers. It is symptomatic of the privatisation of the space race, [...]

Open RAN: an opportunity for European digital and like-minded cooperation?

The concept of Open RAN is progressively acquiring greater visibility in the media and the public debate. The concept aims to achieve a more open architecture in the Radio Access Network (RAN), i.e., the segment which connects users and devices to the core part of the telecommunication network –roughly [...]

EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement

On the 28th of June 2019, after two decades of negotiation, a historic trade agreement was struck between the European Union (EU) and the Mercosur trading bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay). The awaited agreement is set to strengthen trade and political ties, as well as being an opportunity [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega If Le Pen wins

Far from being a fanciful notion, there is a serious possibility that Marine Le Pen could win the presidential election in France in spring 2022. The centre-left Jean Jaurés Foundation, in a report on the subject based on various indicators, deems it ‘not insignificant’. It is an eventuality that [...]

China’s Digital Silk Road in Latin America and the Caribbean

China, through its Digital Silk Road (or DSR) aims to helping middle-income and developing countries to bridge the digital gap. Its goals: strengthening Internet infrastructure in other countries, deepening space cooperation, joint technology standards development, and the improvement of efficiency for security and police systems from their partners. The [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega US-EU: political convergence, economic divergence

The political and geopolitical convergence between the new Biden Administration and the EU and its member states is starting to become evident. But economic divergence may be emerging at the same time, with the US pulling ahead, as a result of the manner of tackling recovery from the COVID-19 [...]

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