Security & Defence

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.

Neighbours, Allies and Giants: Three Themes in Australian Strategic Thinking (ARI)

Robert Ayson. ARI 71/2008 - 3/7/2008.

Australian strategic thinking is a challenging balancing act between three priorities: local developments in Australia’s immediate neighbourhood, alliance commitments at the global level and coping with the rise of the Asian giants.

In Spain's interest: A Committed Foreign Policy

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. (Translated from Spanish) - 2/7/2008. Go to Spanish version

An address by the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero at the Prado Museum (Madrid) on 16 June 2008 organised by the Elcano Royal Institute, with the collaboration of the following Spanish institutions: CIDOB Foundation, FRIDE, ICEI and INCIPE. (This text is also available in French: Dans l’intérêt de l’Espagne: une politique extérieure engagée).

Chad: Democratisation Challenges and Limits of International Intervention (ARI)

Paul-Simon Handy. ARI 59/2008 - 6/6/2008.

International interventions in Chad, such as the European Eufor Chad, must address structural problems linked to governance and democracy by helping Chadian political actors to reform the country’s social contract instead of focusing on preserving stability and, thus, becoming part of the problem and not of the solution.

Spain, Lebanon and UNIFIL (WP)

George Emile Irani. WP 21/2008 - 20/5/2008. Go to Spanish version

This study assesses the causes and results of the war in the summer of 2006 and its implications for local, regional and global politics. It also focuses on Spain’s military involvement in Lebanon, especially on the relationship between the Spanish UNIFIL contingent and the local population in South Lebanon.

Afghanistan and Lebanon: Assessment of the Jihadist Risk to Spain (WP)

Miguel Luparelli Mathieu, José Antonio Mathés and Andrés Montero Gómez. WP 8/2008 (Translated from Spanish) - 11/3/2008. Go to Spanish version

This analysis is based on a game theory model which assumes the premise that the behaviour of Jihadist groups (taken generally, and al-Qaeda in particular) and of States is rational and responds to strategic choices. It begins with an introduction to the context which situates Spain and global Jihadist groups on opposing sides of the game board of strategic interests. There follows an analysis of each of the scenarios and their implications in the strategies of Jihadist organisations, as well as their influence on Spanish foreign policy and international security policy decisions.

The Chad Conflict, United Nations (MINURCAT) and the European Union (EUFOR) (ARI)

Félix Arteaga. ARI 20/2008 (Translated from Spanish) - 10/3/2008. Go to Spanish version

The European EUFOR Chad/CAR mission, in support of humanitarian and police action for the United Nations mission in Chad and the Central African Republic, has been suspended until peace is restored to the region.

Pateras, cayucos and Cross-border Mafias in Africa: Profiting from the Atlantic Routes to the Canary Islands (ARI)

Francisco Javier Vélez Alcalde. ARI 14/2008 (Translated from Spanish) - 3/3/2008. Go to Spanish version

This ARI describes the criminal business of profiting from the Atlantic routes of illegal immigration to the Canary Islands.

The Surge: The Results of the US Security Plan in Iraq in 2007 (WP)

Félix Arteaga and Carlota García Encina. WP 2/2008 (Translated from Spanish) - 12/2/2008. Go to Spanish version

Four years after the invasion of Iraq, the U.S.’s strategy has not yet reached the final objective of making Iraq into a democratic country able to govern and defend itself.

Iraq and Afghanistan: A Comparison Based on International Law (ARI)

Luis M. Hinojosa Martínez. ARI 10/2008 (Translated from Spanish) - 8/2/2008. Go to Spanish version

This ARI differentiates from a legal standpoint the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq and examines the consequences for Spanish foreign policy.