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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The costs of non-multilateralism

In a few weeks’ time we may have seen the new multilateralism in action, or its limits. The global agreement instigated by the OECD regarding the taxes levied on big tech firms is a milestone. The COP26 summit in Glasgow at the start of November, aimed at further implementing [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The alliance for democracy must start at home

For some years now democracies in general have experienced tough times, and the best illustration is Donald Trump’s attempt to cling on to the White House despite having lost the election to Joe Biden. The insurrection, involving a brutal assault on the Capitol by a mob incited by Trump [...]

The challenges of the IOM in a migration tricky era

The Portuguese António Vitorino will head the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the next five years from 1 October. He will be the second non-US heading the agency since its foundation in 1951 (the other exception was in 1961-1969). The new Director General was appointed by acclamation, after [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Woman with leadership skills needed for complex global organisation

After a succession of eight men it seems the time may have come for one of the most difficult diplomatic jobs on the planet, that of UN Secretary-General, to go to a woman. The Danish diplomat Mogens Lykketoff, current (until September) President of the General Assembly –the body charged [...]

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

Periodically, more or less every 10 years, 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. Planning for the occasion was initiated by the previous Spanish government, under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, [...]

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