Security & Defence

From Multipolarity to Multinodality in International Security

Félix Arteaga. Expert Comment 19/2012 - 13/9/2012.

Pragmatism, flexibility and effectiveness replace normativism, formalism and legitimacy as the founding principles of international security. Changes from multipolarity towards multinodality are challenging traditional mindsets, theories and mentalities.

Staging the War on Drugs: Media and Organised Crime in Mexico

Edgar Moreno Gómez. WP 8/2012 - 10/7/2012.

This Working Paper offers an insight to understand the political ramifications of the news coverage of violence in Mexico. It shows that drug trafficking organisations have important goals related to the media, the impact of news on public opinion and the consequent influence over policy making.

The Need for an Open System to Evaluate European Union CSDP Missions (ARI)

Félix Arteaga. ARI 104/2011 - 10/6/2011.

The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the launch of the European External Action Service are an opportunity to introduce reporting and assessment mechanisms to render CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) missions more democratically legitimate and accountable.

France’s National Security Strategy (WP)

Fabio Liberti and Camille Blain. WP 3/2011 - 17/1/2011.

France is one of the EU’s member states with a most highly-developed national strategic culture. However, the 2008 White Paper on Defence and National Security represents a significant leap in the evolution of the French strategic thinking and policies. It establishes the concept of national security, that transcends the traditional realms of defence and internal security and moves towards the overarching concept of national security.

Economic Intelligence: An Operational Concept for a Globalised World (ARI)

Claude Revel. ARI 134/2010 - 14/9/2010.

Economic security policies consist in the prevention and avoidance of all situations that can disrupt the life of firms or States. In France, economic security is seen through the prism of ‘economic intelligence’, which aims to encompass all aspects of globalised risks and opportunities.

NATO’s Evolving Role in an Age of Globalization

Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 10/9/2010. Go to Spanish version

A speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a conference organised by the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid on 10 September 2010.

Cyber Security in Spain: A Proposal for its Management (ARI)

Enrique Fojón Chamorro and Ángel F. Sanz Villalba. ARI 102/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 29/7/2010. Go to Spanish version

Social, economic and cultural relations are increasingly dependent on information and communication technologies and infrastructures (cyberspace), making it necessary to devise a national security system (cyber security) that can manage the risks that threaten their adequate operation.

Prospects for North Korea-South Korea Relations after the <i>Cheonan</i> Incident (ARI)

Choi Kang. ARI 125/2010 - 28/7/2010.

This ARI explores the situation in the Korean peninsula after the sinking of the Cheonan on 26 March 2010 and stresses the need for a new South Korean policy towards the North.

Africa, AFRICOM and the Path to Stability

Vicki Huddleston. 19/7/2010. Go to Spanish version

Lecture by Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid) on 17 June 2010.

Back to Earth: Nuclear Weapons in the 2010s (ARI)

Bruno Tertrais. ARI 110/2010 - 25/6/2010.

Throughout 2009 it seemed that both nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament were going to make real, fast and lasting progress. Unfortunately, reality bit back and 2010 has shown scant progress in disarmament and not much success in non-proliferation.