Spanish Foreign Policy

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.


All that remains sound between Spain and the UK

Ignacio Molina. ARI 31/2013 (Translated from Spanish) - 18/9/2013.

The relations between the UK and Spain are extremely close-knit and should not be allowed to be jeopardised by the Gibraltarian government’s recent actions.


Spain’s position in the world in 2013

Ignacio Molina (coord.). Elcano Royal Institute. Elcano Policy Paper 1/2013 (Translated from Spanish). 24/7/2013.

This paper aims to set out the map, or at least a map, of Spanish foreign policy for 2013. After an introduction that discusses the major cross-cutting challenges of this year, it analyses the three main sections. The first looks at the impact of the economic crisis on the external action that Spain can carry out in 2013. The second addresses security challenges in turbulent times (especially in North Africa and the Middle East). And the third is a geographic review of Spain’s foreign relations.





After bottoming out: a new European policy for Spain

Ignacio Molina. ARI 8/2013 (Translated from Spanish) - 29/4/2013.

After a decade of de-Europeanisation (2001-10), Spain has put the EU back at the centre of its national project but it must now also aspire to co-lead the integration process.