Spanish Foreign Policy

Anti-establishment parties make big gains in Spain’s elections

William Chislett. Expert Comment 36/2015 - 25/5/2015.

Spain’s two-party system is not dead, as predicted, but it took a beating in municipal and regional elections where the upstart parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos, made big inroads into the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) and the Socialists (PSOE), which between them have dominated political life for more than 30 years.


Spain and the UN Security Council: global governance, human rights and democratic values

Jessica Almqvist. Expert Comment 29/2015 - 14/4/2015.

Spain assumes its position as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council at a time when the expectations of what this organ is meant to accomplish are on a constant rise.


How local ideas spread in English: a network analysis of think tanks on Twitter

Juan A. Sánchez and Juan Pizarro Miranda. WP 1/2015 (English version) - 22/1/2015.

This paper analyses the networks of relations between think tanks in order to better understand their nature and the way they operate in a global reality. This exploratory research makes use of data collected on Twitter.


Spain in the UN Security Council in 2015-16: views from four different angles

Ignacio Molina. Expert Comment 2/2015 - 19/1/2015 (English version).

Spain is back on the UN Security Council. The General Assembly’s 193 members recently elected the five non-permanent members for the period 2015-16 and, after three rounds of voting in the European group, Spain came ahead of Turkey.


After austerity: lessons from the Spanish experience

Sebastián Royo. WP 11/2014 - 11/9/2014.

This working paper seeks to provide an overview of Spain’s evolution since its transition to democracy and to explain its economic collapse after 2008.


Felipe VI: the reign in Spain

Charles Powell. Op-Ed - 18/6/2014.

Prince Felipe will face a daunting array of challenges when he becomes king of Spain at midnight on Wednesday 18th June


Climate change diplomacy in Spain’s future foreign policy

Lara Lázaro-Touza and Elena López-Gunn. SFS (EEE) 18/2014 - 9/6/2014.

In the light of Spain’s future foreign policy, it is necessary to develop a more pro-active climate diplomacy. This paper analyses Spain’s climate diplomacy in line with the Elcano report titled ‘Towards a Strategic Updating of Spain’s Foreign Policy’ and the State Foreign Action and Service Law (Ley de la Acción y del Servicio Exterior del Estado, LAESE).


Abdication is the king’s final gift to a grateful Spain

Charles Powell. OpEd - 5/6/2014.

Few anticipated that, within a matter of years, the position of Juan Carlos himself would be called into question.


Executive Summary and Conclusions of the Elcano Report “Towards the strategic renewal of Spain’s foreign policy”

Ignacio Molina. Estrategia Exterior Española 0/2014 (Translated from Spanish).

This report aims to provide a structured overview of the issues that need to be addressed in order to overhaul Spain’s foreign policy strategy. It is directed at all those who play leading roles in the defence and projection abroad of Spain’s values and interests. Its novelty lies in Spain’s lack of a tradition in drawing up papers such as this, since the usual practice has been to focus on the short term and to disregard the need for both public doctrine and planning.


The Gibraltar crisis and the measures, options and strategies open to Spain

Alejandro del Valle Gálvez. ARI 32/2013 (Translated from Spanish) - 30/9/2013.

What options and strategies are open to Spain in its historical dispute with the UK over Gibraltar? A crisis again broke out with Gibraltar and the UK in July and August of 2013 over the sinking of an artificial reef in waters traditionally exploited by Spanish fishermen.