Thursday, May 20, 2010

Solana joins Elcano Royal Institute

Propably as an outcome of yesterdays meeting...

Former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Javier Solana, will join the Board of the Real Instituto Elcano, which met today ...

As reported by the Elcano Institute in a statement, the meeting today the Board approved the addition of Solana to this body and in the Business Advisory Council of the Institution. LINK

"The Elcano Royal Institute (Real Instituto Elcano) is a private entity, independent of both the Public Administration and the companies that provide most of its funding. It was established, under the honorary presidency of HRH the Prince of Asturias, on 2 December 2001 as a forum for analysis and debate on international affairs and particularly on Spain’s international relations. Its output aims to be of use to Spain’s decision-makers, both public and private, active on the international scene. "

(from their Webseite )

"The Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, Elcano Royal Institute for International Studies and Strategies, sees itself as a think tank, a laboratory of ideas in the field of international and strategic relations, of course in Spain. Here, the Institute is aimed at policy makers, general managers of public and private institutions, as well as to the public.

In the description of the Royal Elcano Institute, it is noted that the task is to examine the interests of Spain and the Spaniards in the international society and the company's results are made available. Considering this to be Spain's diplomatic relations, but also global processes such as the development and the cause of migration flows, and energy play a role.

The Institute is a private foundation and thus independent of the Spanish State authorities, as well as by the companies that support the Institute financially. 25 percent of its funds, the institute receives from the state, from four different ministries (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Culture). The remaining 75 percent come from different companies and banks. The donors are involved with senior advisers at the institute. Back to the governing bodies are also several ex-leaders of Spain , such as Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo and Felipe González.
The focus of the work lies in the subject area politics and society.
The Institute Elcano was a Spanish adventurer named after Juan Sebastian Elcano.Elcano Biography .

The Institute operates in Europe, Latin America, around the Mediterranean, in the Arab world and in the U.S..

The Institute publishes in Spanish and English. Análisis del Real Instituto (ARI) are the focus, short analysis, usually about 2500 words on scope to various international issues. (For example in 2009 on the elections in Israel).
Then there are the Documentos de Trabajo (DT), working documents, studies in the academic scope. The publications are accessible through the website of the Institute."

from the German Website

The board of directors includes Former Spanish PM: Felipe González

Miguel Ángel Moratinos

Carme Chacón

Elena Salgado

Marcelino Oreja
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

and Former EU Commissioner

Juan José Linz
Sterling Professor of Political and Social Sciences
Yale University

The Elcano Royal Institute is a
full member of the
EuroMeSCo (Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission)
network since March 2004.

EuroMeSco is a network of independent research institutes and academic centres specialising in foreign policy analysis and security issues, from the 27 EU countries and 10 partner countries of the southern Mediterranean.

"The network's membership is designed to reflect the national composition of the EMP (=Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the European Union's comprehensive policy for its relations with the Southern Mediterranean region, inklusive Barcelona Proces and 7 year ENP). and its objective of ensuring equality between members within the Partnership. EuroMeSCo functions both as an official confidence-building measure within the EMP and as a source of analytical expertise in the policy and security fields with which it is concerned.

The network's activities are policy and security-oriented, both because it can best contribute towards the goals of the EMP in these areas and because they correspond to the primary interests of its members. However, EuroMeSCo's themes for research and debate must also reflect its duty to reinforce confidence amongst its members and within the EMP. It therefore seeks to establish consensus over its research agenda and to ensure the fullest possible participation of member institutes in the research and discussion process.

The network can, of course, take advantage of the research of individual institutes as well. In such cases, institutes within the network may engage in research topics on their own account or in conjunction with other, interested member institutes. However, they do so in their individual capacities and not in the name of the network, even though the results may be of interest to the network as a whole and to the EMP."
stay tuned!

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