global presence

Global presence is neither good, nor bad

It is often assumed that it is a good thing for countries to be ranked in the top positions of Elcano Global Presence Index; that is, to be highly present, globally. However, we think otherwise (this is neither a good, nor a bad thing) and always insist on two [...]

Foreign policy means and ends: results of the Global Diplomacy Index and the Elcano Global Presence Index

The Lowy Institute for International Policy has published the 2016 edition of its Global Diplomacy Index. This index calculates the number of diplomatic representations of each G20 and/or OECD country in the rest of the G20/OECD network, including embassies and high commissions (for Commonwealth countries), consulates, or representations to [...]

(A very preliminary assessment of) the global presence of the European Union without the United Kingdom

The implications of the EU referendum held in the United Kingdom are both deep and wide (see, for instance, an analysis of its implications for the European process here). This short piece aims at assessing (very preliminary) one of its derivatives, which is the value and features of the [...]

Spain holds firm in the Elcano Global Presence Index, despite economic crisis

Spain‘s economic woes have not prevented the country from maintaining its global presence. The country remained in 12th position out of 90 countries in the 2016 Elcano Global Presence Index Report and with a slightly higher score (see Figure 1). The index, the result of adding together 16 variables [...]

Is India the new China?

Maybe it is, but it could take a while in global presence terms. Following the episodes of financial turbulence and a cooling of growth rates and expectations in China, there is a rising debate on whether the other Asian giant, India, could now take the lead in several domains [...]

United States’ global presence: who is right? Obama or Trump?

During his last State of the Union address, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, sought to clear the many doubts raised by the GOP presidential candidates, namely Donald Trump, the controversial entrepreneur, as to the country’s economic strength. The disastrous and uncertain “end of cycle” [...]

On power, presence, heavy and lightweights

Recently, Portland Communications has launched Soft Power 30, an index aiming at classifying countries according to their capacity to ‘softly’ influence others.  By means of “positive attraction and persuasion”, a country may exert soft power through a variety of channels such as engagement (diplomatic network, commitment to global development), [...]

A Chinese dragon flew over Washington

The first Official State Visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States has been overshadowed by the media frenzy of the UN General Assembly and the visit of Pope Francis. This is a meeting in times of global economic turbulences, where growth of so-called emerging countries [...]

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