Special dossier: The foreign policy of the next government

Elcano Royal Institute - 2016.

Elcano Global Presence Report 2016

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

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Spain finally has a new government: what lies ahead?

William Chislett. Expert Comment 41/2016 - 25/10/2016.

Spain’s minority Popular Party (PP) government, which will be voted in by parliament before the end of October after a 10-month limbo period following inconclusive elections last December and June, has a lot on its plate.

A political economy of low oil prices in Algeria

Gonzalo Escribano. Expert Comment 40/2016 - 19/10/2016.

Low oil prices seem to have slightly shifted Algerian political economy balances, making economic (and energy) reform more attractive. Both the EU and the US should explore this window of opportunity.

The Bratislava Summit and the Blue Danube – or thinking about Europe’s future

Karel de Gucht. Expert Comment 39/2016 - 13/10/2016.

Instead of singing the praises of integration in new and challenging policy fields, the EU should focus on consolidating and strengthening those policy fields in which it does best, on the daily problems of its citizens, and delivering tangible results.

Missile defence in Europe: tying together the technical, political and security dimensions

Gustav Lindstrom. ARI 73/2016 - 13/10/2016.

Missile defence in Europe is evolving and maturing, even if it this is occurring at the margins of public debate. At the same time, there are perceptions that the missile threat is growing. A more sophisticated approach towards missile defence in Europe is required.

Beyond Brexit: the future of the Spanish-British relationship

Luis Simón. ARI 71/2016 (English version) - 7/10/2016.

All the media noise about the possible implications of an eventual British exit from the EU (Brexit) should not stand in the way of a much-needed reassessment of the strategic potential offered by stronger bilateral ties between Spain and the UK.

China and climate change: the good, the bad and the ugly

Lara Lázaro and Mario Esteban. ARI 70/2016 - 3/10/2016.

Although much remains to be done by China to set the world on a climate-bearable path, China’s efforts are significant and its ratification of the Paris Agreement ahead of the G-20 meeting is a key step for the entry into force of Kyoto’s successor.

European Strategy in times of geopolitical interdependence

Luis Simón. 20/09/2016.

As Europeans struggle to get through an economic and political crisis that is shaking the foundations of European integration, security-related concerns have returned to the center stage of political debate.

An agenda for the future of the European Union: addressing citizens’ expectations

Elcano Royal Institute. 15/9/2016.

The EU leaders meeting in Bratislava on 16 September face a challenging, not to say hostile, environment. Responding to people’s fundamental concerns will simultaneously help member states and enhance the value of the EU for its citizens.

Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: a shared responsibility

Jessica Almqvist. ARI 62/2016 - 26/7/2016.

The upcoming election of a new Secretary-General can be a potential turning point for the UN in its efforts to achieve a more transparent, inclusive and gender-balanced administration of its affairs.

Morocco’s indignation with Ban Ki-moon: is the Western Sahara an ‘occupied’ territory?

Khadija Mohsen-Finan. ARI 61/2016 - 26/7/2016.

The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has incurred the wrath of Morocco by referring to the ‘occupation’ of the Western Sahara and recalling the uncertainty that has surrounded the status of this territory for over 40 years.

From a failed coup to state of emergency: democracy in Turkey today

Ilke Toygür. Expert Comment 38/2016 - 22/7/2016.

In light of Erdoğan’s push for a move towards a presidential regime, it is clear that there has never been enough support for a regime change. This situation might well change once the opposition has been purged.

TPP and TTIP in comparative context: what can Europe learn?

Richard Higgott. ARI 59/2016 - 21/7/2016.

There are lessons for Europe to learn from the experience of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Turkey’s coup: the first one that failed

William Chislett. Expert Comment 37/2016 - 18/7/2016.

Erdoğan should use the coup to be magnanimous and not further divide Turkey, but past events have shown that this is not his style.

English are the exception — Europeans dig the EU

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Op-ed - 12/7/2016.

The era of empires is long forgotten. For continental Europeans, especially those in the South, the EU remains a pillar of democratic stability.

China: a partner for the development of Latin America?

Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 33/2016 - 11/7/2016.

If a new pattern of China-Latin America economic interaction materialises, it would foster sustainable and long-term economic development in the region. This scenario has a double-edged impact on EU’s interests.

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