Spanish Foreign Policy

Spain in uncharted territory after inconclusive general election

Wiiliam Chislett. Expert Comment 60/2015 - 21/12/2015.

The two upstart parties, the centrist Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’) and the anti-austerity Podemos (‘We Can’), broke the hegemony of the conservative Popular Party (PP) and the centre-left Socialists (PSOE), the two mainstream parties that have alternated in power since 1982, but produced a very fragmented parliament that makes the creation of a stable government fraught with difficulties.


General elections in Spain: from a two to a multiple-party system?

Salvador Llaudes & Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Op-Ed - 21/12/2015.

What can we expect the day after the general elections in Spain? After the 20D we will see whether Spain’s democracy is fit for multiparty, consensus-based, and perhaps even coalition governments.


The 2015 Spanish General Election: political parties’ international priorities

Real Instituto Elcano. (English version). December 2015.

Last summer, the Elcano Royal Institute decided to ask to the main political forces a series of questions on the major issues of foreign and European policy. The 20 or so questions that were posed seek to offer the reader a more or less complete, although not excessively detailed, overview of the main priorities in the foreign agendas of the Spanish political parties.


Spain 40 years after General Franco: change of a nation

William Chislett. ARI 66/2015 - 16/11/2015.

Spain has changed beyond recognition since General Franco died 40 years ago. The country telescoped its political, economic and social modernisation into a much shorter period than any other European country.


Investing in China: still room for growth

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis. ARI 63/2015 - 12/11/2015.

Despite recent economic turbulence in China, the investment case for Spanish companies remains strong. It is still not too late to enter the Chinese market but investors need to be clear on their value proposition and realistic about how they will execute their plans.


Keynote address by His Majesty the King of Spain. Transatlantic Conversation: Confronting Common Security Challenges

His Majesty the King of Spain. 17/9/2015.

Text of the keynote address by His Majesty the King of Spain at the conference of experts on security and transatlantic relations held on 16 September 2015 in Washington D.C adn organised by the Wilson Center and the Elcano Royal Institute.


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.