Highlights

Europe and China's New Silk Roads

Edited by Frans-Paul van der Putten, John Seaman, Mikko Huotari, Alice Ekman, Miguel Otero-Iglesias. European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), January 2017.


Elcano Global Presence Report 2016

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia. Elcano Royal Institute - 2016.


Latest publications

Cyprus’s elusive reunification: so near to a solution, yet so far

William Chislett. ARI 6/2017 - 19/1/2017.

UN-brokered talks to finally reunify Cyprus after 43 years offer hope, but obstacles remain and any deal would have to be approved in referendums on both sides.


A strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

Sven Biscop. ARI 4/2017 - 16/1/2017.

If it cannot offer more than building up resilience, the EU risks locking itself out of its own neighbourhood. Would sovereignty and equality not be a better Leitmotiv for its strategy?


Trump and the defence of Europe

Daniel Keohane. Expert Comment 2/2017 - 12/1/2017.

No one knows what US President-elect Trump will do in office. Will he cut a geopolitical deal with Russian President Putin? Will he keep American soldiers in Europe? Or worse, even rip up the North Atlantic treaty?


Three’s company? France, Germany, the UK and European defence post-Brexit

Daniel Keohane. ARI 1/2017 - 5/1/2017.

It is vital that France, Germany and the UK cooperate constructively on military matters after the British leave the European Union.


Italy and Spain: a tale of two countries

Sebastián Puig & Ángel Sánchez. Expert Comment 1/2017 - 4/1/2017.

While Italy is still more economically powerful than Spain, it displays more structural imbalances and declining trends.


Patterns of involvement among individuals arrested for Islamic State-related terrorist activities in Spain, 2013-2016

Carola García-Calvo and Fernando Reinares. 29/12/2016.

Research on the case of Spain conducted by the Program on Global Terrorism at Elcano Royal Institute confirms that the terrorist threat posed by Islamic State is highly networked and organized.


European institutional responses to the recent developments in Turkey: divided in unity?

Ilke Toygür. Expert Comment 52/2016 - 23/12/2016.

The institutional division between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council regarding Turkey has become even more visible over the last months. Both Member States and institutions are divided on the steps that are required to be taken.


Will Trump cut a deal with Putin?

Ulrich Speck. Expert Comment 51/2016 - 22/12/2016.

A deal between Putin and Trump would not change the underlying reality. It is not Western influence which undermines the Kremlin’s influence in the former Soviet space but its failure to deliver the kind of governance people want.


Spain and Israel: are they rivals or complementary?

Alfred Tovias. ARI 91/2016 - 22/12/2016.

Spain and Israel –both OECD member countries– have been developing over the past three decades in totally different directions. Could it be that the two countries are ignoring each other and missing out on potential complementarities?


Eight recommendations for the II National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

María Solanas Cardín. ARI 89/2016 (English version) - 20/12/2016.

The II National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325, currently being prepared by the Spanish Government, should build on lessons learnt and include specific measures and best practices if it aims to achieve any advancement in the women, peace and security agenda.


Climate change in COP 22: irreversibility of action and rulebook development despite the elephant in the room

Lara Lázaro-Touza. ARI 88/2016 - 19/12/2016.

The design of the Paris Agreement set the stage for a technical meeting in COP 22 but the stakes were raised in the aftermath of the US election. Implementation, increased ambition and a just transition are the pending tasks.


Spain: A new opportunity to play a more central role in the EU

Salvador Llaudes. 7/12/2016.

Spain finally has a government. How will the country now play its cards in the international arena, especially in the EU post-Brexit? And will the new role of the Parliament be useful for Spanish foreign policy?


Breaking up the Euro would empower the nationalists

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Op-Ed - 21/11/2016.

Despite recent tensions, the Euro has created deep ties that go beyond economic cooperation and are integral to European identity.


Trump on trade: from populism to policy

Richard Higgott. Expert Comment 48/2016 - 14/11/2016.

The future of the global trade regime depends on educating Trump and his supporters that free trade is an opportunity, not a risk, and that the WTO is still the best place to secure the norms of an open liberal trade system.


Has the time come to reconsider Turkey’s EU membership?

William Chislett. ARI 79/2016 - 14/11/2016.

The EU’s report on Turkey’s progress in meeting the conditions to become a full member is so critical that it begs the question whether the two sides should consider abandoning the accession process.


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