Security & Defence

Document of interest: National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015: A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom

. MI - 25/11/2015.

The latest Strategic Defence and Security Review, presented by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, to the Parliament on 23 November 2015. The British government is commited to increase the expenditure on defence in order to tackle terrorism among other priorities, and meet the NATO pledge to spend 2% of GDP on this field.

El primer ministro británico, David Cameron, presentó el pasado 23 de noviembre 2015 la nueva Strategic Defence and Security Review. En el documento se contempla el aumento sostenido del gasto en defensa para plantar cara a las amenazas externas, cumpliendo el objetivo marcado por la OTAN de que el gasto suponga un 2% del PIB del país.


The perception of security in an international comparative perspective

Juan Díez-Nicolás. WP 16/2015 - 3/11/2015.

Security has always been an important value in traditional societies, but it has become a key value in present-day societies, both developed and less developed. Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of security has been enlarged to encompass individual, societal, global and human security, and not only the national dimension.


Women, peace and security: a long way from fulfilling the aspirations of Resolution 1325

María Solanas. ARI 56/2015 - 27/10/2015 (English version).

The reality facing women and girls in conflict scenarios and their role in peace-building will not improve unless firmer and more decisive action as well as a clear political impetus and funding for the goals agreed in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) are forthcoming.


A transatlantic conversation

Emilio Lamo de Espinosa. 22/9/2015.

Speech by Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, Chairman of the Elcano Royal Institute, at the conference of experts on security and transatlantic relations held on 16 September 2015 in Washington D.C adn organised by the Wilson Center and the Elcano Royal Institute.


Keynote address by His Majesty the King of Spain. Transatlantic Conversation: Confronting Common Security Challenges

His Majesty the King of Spain. 17/9/2015.

Text of the keynote address by His Majesty the King of Spain at the conference of experts on security and transatlantic relations held on 16 September 2015 in Washington D.C adn organised by the Wilson Center and the Elcano Royal Institute.


Document of interest: Europe Beyond Aid: Europe’s Commitment to International Security

. MI / DI - 10/7/2015.

Written by Félix Arteaga and Aitor Pérez, analysts at the Elcano Royal Institute, this paper highlights the link between security and development, a point of general consensus among both security and development actors at the European as well as global level.

Elaborado por Félix Arteaga y Aitor Pérez, ambos  investigadores del Real Instituto Elcano, como resultado de la colaboración del  Instituto con el Center for Global Development (CGD) en el marco del proyecto  Europe Beyond Aid, el documento analiza los vínculos entre seguridad y desarrollo en el marco del consenso existente entre los actores de ambas áreas tanto a nivel Europeo como a nivel global.


The European Union’s role in the fight against ISIS

Félix Arteaga. Op-ed. 2/10/2014.

Before formulating any response to the ISIS challenge, the European Union must carefully assess the nature of the risk to European security interests.


The coming Defence: criteria for the restructuring of Defence in Spain

Félix Arteaga (coord.). Elcano Royal Institute. Elcano Policy Paper 3/2013 (Translated from Spanish) - 14/1/2014.

The coming Defence: criteria for the restructuring of Defence in 
Spain. Elcano Policy Paper 3/2013 (Translated from Spanish). Félix 
ArteagaSpain’s Defence cannot avoid the structural trends and changes in the geopolitical context. The Elcano Royal Institute believes that Spain should reconsider the structural elements of its current Defence model and proposes the following criteria for Defence restructuring in Spain.





Cyber cells: a tool for national cyber security and cyber defence

Thiber. ARI 26/2013 (Translated from Spanish) - 17/9/2013.

Cyber cells are effective tools that enable countries to operate, defend themselves or go on the offensive in a specific area of cyberspace, and they are destined to complement existing cyber security and cyber defence capabilities.


Document of interest: Syria Joint Resolution for Markup

. MI-DI 5/9/2013.

Texto de la resolución del Senado de EE.UU que autoriza el uso de la fuerza militar contra el gobierno de Siria en respuesta al uso de armas químicas (via New York Times).

"Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Government of Syria to Respond to Use of Chemical Weapons" adopted by the U.S Senate (via New York Times).