Eckart Woertz

Nota: Este archivo abarca los artículos publicados por el autor desde el 1 de mayo de 2009. Para fechas anteriores realice una búsqueda entrecomillando su nombre.

1. ¿La decisión de Trump supone una derrota para la Unión Europea?  

Pol Morillas, sudirector de investigación e investigador sénior

La Estrategia Global de la UE identifica el acuerdo nuclear con Irán como ejemplo de las buenas prácticas en mediación internacional y en la futura lucha contra la proliferación nuclear (léase Corea del Norte). Permite también mostrar los beneficios de la diplomacia de largo recorrido y de los acuerdos cocidos a fuego lento, contra la imprevisibilidad e impulsos de Trump. Macron ha cosechado una derrota en la escena internacional al jugarse parte de su capital político en su intento de convencer a Trump durante su visita a la Casa Blanca.…  Seguir leyendo »

In 2011 Saudi Arabia and the UAE sent troops to Bahrain after unrest in the country. This marked the beginning of a more assertive foreign policy in the MENA region that later culminated in an ill-fated military intervention in Yemen and a boycott of Qatar. Bahrain is a crucial ally and client state of Saudi Arabia, which fears growing influence of Iran among the Shiite majority population of the country. Bahrain’s economic stability is important for its political stability. It is closely connected to oil prices, Saudi transfers, diversification efforts and economic reform.

Low oil prices since the second half of 2014 and domestic and regional political risks have impacted the credit risk and liquidity situation of Bahrain.…  Seguir leyendo »

La 23ª conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre cambio climático (COP23) tuvo lugar del 6 al 17 de noviembre en Bonn. Bajo la presidencia de la República de Fiyi, el objetivo del encuentro era avanzar en la formulación de un “libro de reglas” (rule book) para la implementación de los compromisos nacionales y así cumplir con los compromisos asumidos en el Acuerdo de París (2016): mantener el aumento de la temperatura media mundial muy por debajo de 2ºC con respecto a los niveles preindustriales y proseguir los esfuerzos para limitar ese aumento de la temperatura a 1,5ºC con respecto a los niveles preindustriales.…  Seguir leyendo »

Angela Merkel will be the next chancellor of Germany. The question is only: with the help of who and how will this affect Germany’s domestic and foreign policy? Martin Schulz, the candidate of the social democrats (SPD), had a surge in the polls after his party nominated him as candidate in January, but this sugar high was short lived. A vague and mildly leftist message of more social justice fell short to sustainably rally voters’ interest. Like Merkel, Schulz airs the charisma of an office clerk. Not enough to inspire moods of change within a languid and mentally conservative electorate. In Germany, chancellors are not voted for, but voted out and it seems that people do not have enough of Merkel just yet.…  Seguir leyendo »

It’s politics, stupid! In few countries of the world food security has been so much affected by political developments as in Iraq. The rise (and fall) of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is only the latest event in a string of political impacts on food security. Iraq is not alone: Large n-studies reveal that agriculture and food security are not only affected by conflict globally; their deterioration also has a contributing effect on conflict itself. This relationship is particularly pronounced in the Middle East.

The multilateral UN embargo on Iraq caused great harm between 1990 and 2003. Food security deteriorated.…  Seguir leyendo »