Security & Defence

Geopolitics 2.0 (ARI)

Matthew Fraser. ARI 144/2009 - 14/10/2009.

An entirely new form of virtual weaponry is transforming the dynamics of geopolitics.


Russia’s New National Security Strategy: Towards a ‘Medvedev Doctrine’? (ARI)

Javier Morales. ARI 135/2009 - 25/9/2009.

A new Russian National Security Strategy was approved on 12 May, replacing the 2000 National Security Concept.


The UNIFIL II Mission in Lebanon: Italy’s Contribution (ARI)

Lucía Marta. ARI 125/2009 - 4/9/2009. Go to Spanish version

Italy has contributed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since 1979 and is the first contributor to UNIFIL II since 2006.


North Korea and the New Security Paradigm (ARI)

Mitchell B. Reiss. ARI 95/2009 - 4/6/2009. Go to Spanish version

A new crisis has emerged on the Korean peninsula as a result of North Korea’s latest nuclear tests.


European Security and EU-Russian Relations (ARI)

Manuel de la Cámara. ARI 76/2009 - 14/5/2009. Go to Spanish version

The Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, has proposed a comprehensive review of the so-called ‘European Security Architecture’. The goal, according to the Russian President, is to negotiate a new wide-ranging Pact in the form of a Treaty to cover the Euro-Atlantic Area.


Spain and the G-20: A Strategic Proposal for Enhancing its Role in Global Governance

Elcano Royal Institute. 8/4/2009. Go to Spanish version

This paper explores the role Spain can and should play in the institutions engaged in global governance in the current context of financial crisis and reconfiguration of international power centres. After briefly analysing Spain’s relative position in the world –on the basis of economic and other criteria– the study suggests the path it should follow to boost its influence in the world. The paper points out Spain’s comparative advantages, the areas where it could contribute most, and the shortcomings that make it difficult to translate Spain’s economic weight into greater political influence at the global level.


Somalia: From Stateless Order to Talibanisation? (ARI)

Bjørn Møller. ARI 42/2009 - 13/3/2009.

The withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops by the end of January 2009 puts an end to foreign intervention in Somalia.


France and NATO or How to Build a European Defence (ARI)

Marcel H. Van Herpen. ARI 40/2009 - 10/3/2009.

France will probably announce its reintegration into the NATO’s military command at the coming NATO summit of Strasbourg-Kehl, 3-4 April 2009.


The Gaza War: Antecedents and Consequences (ARI)

Augustus Richard Norton. ARI 21/2009 - 3/2/2009. Go to Spanish version

When Israel launched the Gaza war on 27 December 2008, it chose an opportune moment. Nonetheless, much like the Lebanon war of 2006, Israel’s strategic gains in ‘Operation Cast Lead’ have dissipated day by day.


Roadmap for a Spanish National Security Strategy (ARI)

Félix Arteaga. ARI 112/2008 (Translated from Spanish) - 16/1/2009. Go to Spanish version

Several national security strategies which have been devised in Europe offer guidelines for Spain to develop one of its own.