Newest publications from Real Instituto Elcano

elcanoIliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, Elcano Global Presence Index 2012, 19/12/2013. The Elcano Global Presence Index displays the current situation and evolution, since 1990, of the global presence of 60 countries and of the European Union in the world order. Furthermore, since 2005, an additional calculation has been performed for the member States of the Union –the Elcano European Presence Index–, which limits the presence exclusively to the intra-European sphere.

Fernando Reinares and Carola García-Calvo, Jihadists from Spain in Syria: facts and figures, Expert Comment 78/2013 – 12/12/2013. How many identified individuals, resident in Spain, have travelled to join the Jihadist organisations active in the ongoing Syrian civil war?  Up to the present, the exact number is 17. Of these, 11 are Spanish citizens and the remaining six Moroccan nationals living in Spain. Who are these jihadists? Where were they recruited? What was their route to Syria?

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, The Geopolitics of the TTIP seen from Beijing, Expert Comment 78/2013 – 11/12/2013. Chinese officials have the suspicion that both the currently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the TTIP project pushed forward by the Obama Administration have economic but also geopolitical objectives.

William Chislett, Spain’s exports: the economy’s salvation. ARI 47/2013 – 4/12/2013. Spain’s striking export success has enabled the economy to emerge from recession and helped to turn around the current-account balance. Structural adjustment is shifting the engine of the economy from domestic sources of growth into an export-led model.

William Chislett, Turkey and the European Union: mixed signals, ARI 45/2013 – 27/11/2013. Turkey’s EU accession process is back on track, with the opening this month of the first chapter, or policy area, in more than three years, but the Islamist-rooted government continues to send out mixed signals over the country’s direction.

Abraham F. Lowenthal, The US in the early 21st century: decline or renewal? ARI 43/2013 – 20/11/2013. The core challenge for the US in the first quarter of the 21st century is the capacity of its political system to fashion and implement public policies to respond effectively to today’s and tomorrow’s concerns.

José Miguel Roncero and Enrique San Martín, Nabucco’s coup de grâce, Expert Comment 71/2013 – 12/11/2013. On 28 June 2013 the Shah Deniz Consortium (SDC) took a historic decision that put an end to a decade-long pipeline race to bring Central Asian gas to Europe. The big loser was Nabucco, a project that the European Commission once considered ’strategic’ for the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor.

Federico Steinberg, Whose Central Bank? Expert Comment 68/2013 – 29/10/2013. Recently, a further subject for debate has appeared concerning the ECB’s policies which, although less newsworthy than its position on the purchase of public debt in troubled economies, may be even more important for the euro’s future: what to do in view of the fall in the inflation rate.

Ronja Kempin and Barbara Lippert, Merkel III in EU and foreign affairs – it’s the spirit stupid! Expert Comment 67/2013 – 28/10/2013. Once more, Europe has an eye on Berlin: Chancellor Merkel’s victory in the general elections held on 22 September 2013 also confirms her as a leader in the EU scenario. After a month of exploratory talks it seems clear by now that the Social Democratic Party (SPD) will emerge as the junior partner in the new Merkel government.

Gonzalo Escribano, The short-sightedness of the EU’s long term energy infrastructure vision, Expert Comment 65/2013 – 23/10/2013. On 14 October the European Commission made public its selection of the first set of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) regarding Europe’s energy infrastructure. The most remarkable aspect in the Communication is how short-sighted the European Commission’s long-term energy vision for Europe looks.

William Chislett, EU urges reopening of stalled membership talks with Turkey, despite failures, Expert Comment 63/2013 – 18/10/2013. The European Commission would like the talks on Turkey’s full EU membership, frozen for the past three years, to be renewed and greater attention paid to incorporating the issue of fundamental rights into negotiations with the country.

Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez (with the participation of Rafael Domínguez), The cost of non-Europe in development policy. Case study: Morocco. 16/10/2013. This research paper explores the coordination initiatives and results —the costs and benefits of coordination— in a specific EU development partner country through a case study on Morocco. It is part of several studies on aid coordination commissioned by the European Parliament in early 2013.

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Mario Esteban, EU-China: strategic partnership in the making, Elcano blog, 19 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (9): Spain, Elcano blog, 18 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (8): Japan, Elcano blog, 13 December 2013.

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Yes Moravcsik, we need to be more positive on Europe; and on the Euro too, Elcano blog, 3 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (7): China, Elcano blog, 13 December 2013.

Salvador Llaudes, Is the multipolar world an opportunity for Russia?, Elcano blog, 8 November 2013.

Daniel Amoedo, Moldova at the gates of the EU, Elcano blog, 7 November 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (5) The Netherlands, Elcano blog, 17 October 2013.

Daniel Amoedo, Japan: facing challenges, Elcano blog, 16 October 2013.