Spanish Foreign Policy

The conundrum of Spain’s recovering economy and stubbornly high unemployment

William Chislett. ARI 70/2017 - 15/9/2017.

The economy has recovered from a deep crisis and is growing at more than 3% for the third year running, but the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 17.2%, though well down on the peak of 27.1% in 2013.


Political influence network in Twitter 2017

Juan Antonio Sánchez Giménez and Evgueni Tchubykalo. ARI 66/2017 - 8/9/2017.

Brussels is gaining influence and political clout in the world although Washington remains the focal point of international politics.


Spain and Asia: harnessing trade, soft power and the EU in the Asia-Pacific Century

Ramón Pacheco Pardo. ARI 61/2017 - 21/7/2017.

This analysis argues that Spain has strengthened its links and presence in the Asia-Pacific area since the launch of its first framework plan for the region in 2000, although more needs to be done to further boost relations.


Spain’s contribution to Euro-Atlantic security

Aurora Mejía. ARI 60/2017 - 20/7/2017.

Spain’s understanding of security is rooted in its conception of the Euro-Atlantic as a space of shared interests, norms and values. This paper proves an overview of Spain’s contribution to Euro-Atlantic security by identifying four relevant areas.


Global Spain: the country’s economic, military and soft presence

William Chislett. WP 8/2017 - 30/6/2017.

Almost 500 years since Juan Sebastián Elcano completed the first circumnavigation of the world and a vast empire subsequently came into being, Spain has re-built a substantial but very different global presence.


The new silk roads: opportunities for Spanish companies?

Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 26/2017 (English version) - 5/6/2017.

As long as the greater part of financing for new silk road projects continues being earmarked for projects where the contracts are not tendered for in a transparent and competitive way, the prospects for Spanish companies’ participation will remain highly limited.


Japan’s strategic awakening: opportunities for Spain

Luis Simón. ARI 31/2017 (English version) - 5/4/2017.

The strategic awakening of Japan, a power with maritime inclinations and a geostrategic position relative to Asia similar to Spain’s relative to Europe, provides Spain with a series of opportunities.


Why Spain would like a ‘soft’ Brexit for the UK

William Chislett. ARI 27/2017 - 29/3/2017.

Spain has good reasons for wanting the best possible relationship between Britain and the EU as a result of Brexit, but it cannot allow the UK to be better off outside the EU than inside it.


Spain’s merchandise exports notch up yet another record

William Chislett. Expert Comment 8/2017 - 21/02/2017.

Spain’s exports of goods rose in 2016 for the seventh year running, defying expectations that they would tail off as the economy recovers and domestic consumption picks up.


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?