Security & Defence

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.

Preparing for Pandemics through Surveillance (ARI)

Sara E. Davies. ARI 9/2009 - 14/1/2009.

The international surveillance of infectious diseases is being addressed through international, national and non-state networks.

Somali Piracy: A Dangerous Internal and External Threat (ARI)

Laura Hammond. ARI 162/2008 - 10/12/2008. Go to Spanish version

The recent dramatic increase in the successes of Somali pirates has resulted in international calls for tightened security in the Gulf of Aden. However, the problem cannot be solved through securitised measures alone and a greater emphasis must be placed on building a legitimate government inside Somalia to effectively manage the problem.

The Coming NATO Nuclear Debate (ARI)

Bruno Tertrais. ARI 117/2008 - 26/9/2008. Go to Spanish version

This paper analyses NATO’s current nuclear position, the arguments for and against withdrawal, and the need for a calm process of behind-the-doors consultations on this issue, with an open mind and with no taboos. Otherwise, NATO could generate a new controversy between Member States and put at risk the credibility of its nuclear deterrence.

Spain in the 21st Century: The Case for a National Security Strategy (ARI)

Charlie Edwards. ARI 91/2008 - 8/8/2008. Go to Spanish version

France and the UK have just released their national security and defence strategies in 2008. For Spain the case for a national security strategy is growing because it shares the same complex and uncertain strategic challenges.