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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The decline of the West, 1918-2018

This summer will mark the centenary of the appearance of the first volume of Oswald Spengler’s influential The Decline of the West (Der Untergang des Abendlandes), first published in 1918, when the First World War was in its death throes prior to the November armistice. One hundred years later [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Democracies on the back foot

Democracies are on the defence. In its recent National Security Strategy, the Trump Administration –advocating ‘a return to a principled realism’– fails to mention promoting democracy and human rights beyond US borders, although it does refer to ‘our community of like-minded-democratic states’. The EU has its own democracy problems [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The narrowing gap between nuclear and conventional weapons

The nuclear arms issue is back, in its strategic rather than its tactical or battlefield dimension. And not only in North Korea. Russia has deployed Iskander missiles (known as SS-26 in NATO-speak) capable of carrying nuclear payloads (whether they do in fact carry them is unknown) in the enclave [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega ‘Dictabasura’ in Venezuela

Chavism, now in its advanced (or retrograde?) phase of ‘Maduroism’, has destroyed a country. It attained power through the ballot box (preceded by Hugo Chávez’s attempted coup) with a mandate to ensure a fairer distribution of the nation’s wealth and to do away with the corruption of the previous [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega From the G20 to the G-Zero: global governance without Trump?

With his hostile stance on the Paris climate change agreement, Trump subverted the G7 (which had already thrown out Russia). His nationalist and protectionist “America First” posture in Hamburg did not paralyse the G20, but it did to a large extent render it hollow, despite the lengthy list of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Disputed geometries around the New Silk Road

There were notable attendees at the recent forum in Beijing for the One Belt, One Road Initiative, also known as the New Silk Road, but also significant absences, and delegations that lacked the seniority such an occasion called for. Conspicuous among the absences was that of India, which is [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega (Dis)information warfare

A rumour has been going round on social media lately concerning the rape of a teenager near the place in Lithuania where 1,000 or so NATO troops under German command are stationed. The fake news item –which the allies and the Lithuanian government once again attribute to a Russia [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump Demolitions Inc.

Having become President, Donald Trump the property developer is now proving to be a master of demolitions, if not of walls at least through issuing executive orders. With no time to waste he has set about fulfilling what he pledged, and thereby upset both regional and global balances in [...]
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