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NATO, State (Re)emergence, and Military Capabilities and Commitments: the Terms of the Debate

October 19, 2015

By: Alex Calvo   The possible (re)emergence of states within NATO, at a time of renewed international tensions and widespread concern over the capabilities and commitments of existing member states, means that any such country seeking recognition will have to answer a fundamental question: will the combined capabilities and commitments of the two resulting successor … Continue reading “NATO, State (Re)emergence, and Military Capabilities and Commitments: the Terms of the Debate”

‘Yes we can’: some considerations about Podemos

October 3, 2014

By Sophie Bustos: A new political force emerged in the May 2014 European elections. Being the third Spanish political force in the European Parliament, the far-left party Podemos proved that a new political struggle had just begun in Spain. Or, to put it more accurately, the political and social struggles annihilated by Franco’s dictatorship and … Continue reading “‘Yes we can’: some considerations about Podemos”

The Spanish succession: continuity of a dynasty

July 8, 2014

By Sophie Bustos: On Thursday, June 19, a new king was crowned in Spain. Prince Felipe succeeded his father, King Juan Carlos who announced his abdication on Monday, June 2. The very day that the news of the abdication was made public, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gathered an extraordinarily lively press conference; a remarkable event … Continue reading “The Spanish succession: continuity of a dynasty”

From Syria to Spain: Lessons from History?

December 20, 2013

by Tom Colley The philosopher Hegel famously stated: ‘We learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.’ Others counter that since we cannot yet predict the future, it is only to the past that we can look to seek answers to the strife that we confront today. To that end, many have … Continue reading “From Syria to Spain: Lessons from History?”

23F or ‘The Coup that Never Was’

March 20, 2013

by Laura Hamilton Last month marks the 32nd anniversary of 23F, the failed military coup in Spain, which threatened to challenge the state’s transition to democracy. On the 23rd February 1981, the military governors in the various regions around Spain planned a coup d’etat. Although Franco had nominated the King as his successor, military leaders, … Continue reading “23F or ‘The Coup that Never Was’”


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