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Geopolitically or not, the new EU fears and needs China

The new European Commission is set to be geopolitical. Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission President, wants the EU to become more active in the international arena, even assertive if needed. In a context of increasing hostility between two world powers, the US and China, and the rise of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Domestic politics / foreign policy

‘All politics is local’, observed Tip O’Neill, speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 1980s. Foreign policy and domestic politics and policy are intimately linked. Thus, the foreign arena is used to defend domestic interests, and the course of domestic politics determines various factors abroad. This involves [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega From Brexit to Great Singapore in Europe

In the wake of Boris Johnson’s resounding victory in the British election, Brexit looks set to happen on the date envisaged, 31 January, and on the terms agreed. But Brexit (the UK’s formal departure from the EU), despite all the energy spent on it, has only just begun. The [...]

Aerial international military cooperation: trust and transparency?

From time to time, United States’ foreign policy is put under strain, but the produced noise is never heard beyond Washington, D.C. In October 2019, Eliot Engel, Democrat representative for New York and House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, sent a letter to Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser, in which [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Hamilton: from impeachment to Broadway and back

The US had some wise founding fathers, who not only drafted an exemplary constitution that, with major amendments, endures to this day, but also foresaw that country’s rise in the world. Prominent among them was Alexander Hamilton who, while not managing to become President, did become the first Secretary [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega NATO, lacking political guidance and with no arbitrary 2%

When Emmanuel Macron claimed in his declarations to The Economist that NATO was ‘brain dead’, he was essentially making the same observation as the child in the story, namely that the Emperor has no clothes. In operational terms, the North Atlantic Alliance has never had more military in its [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Praise for the whistleblower

The fact that Donald Trump finds himself in dire straits and facing possible impeachment proceedings is due to a public servant filing an internal complaint that the President had used foreign policy against a political opponent. There has also been a subsequent attempt at a cover-up. In Washington, scandals [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump first, America less

More than three decades ago the political scientist Robert Putnam developed a theory of conflict, based on game theory, involving ‘two levels’, the foreign or international level, and the domestic level: in order to broker agreements, negotiators have to reach a winning consensus among all the players on the [...]

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