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Spanish foreign policy: navigating global shifts and domestic crises

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dc.contributor.author Soler i Lecha, Eduard
dc.contributor.author Barbé, Esther
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-24T08:10:07Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Soler E, Barbé E. Spanish foreign policy: navigating global shifts and domestic crises. In: Joly JK, Haesebrouck T, editors. Foreign policy change in Europe since 1991. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2021. p. 259-83. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-68218-7_11
dc.identifier.isbn 9783030682170
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/52558
dc.description.abstract Spain’s foreign policy is often seen as the result of three structural changes: Europeanization, democratization and societal modernization. This contribution complements this assessment by analyzing the effects of three major international factors (the end of the Cold War, September 11 and the global financial crisis) and several mutually reinforcing crises (economic, political and territorial) on Spanish foreign policy. While there were no changes in the priorities of Spain’s foreign policy, there were noticeable variations when it comes to the capacity to act, the means and strategies to reach foreign policy goals and the preferred allies and partners. With noticeable exceptions, such as Aznar’s Atlanticist turn (1996–2004), continuity prevails, which is illustrated by Spain’s continuous desire to be recognized as a middle power; the priority it gives to European integration, Latin America and the Mediterranean; its active involvement in multilateral frameworks; and its concern for unresolved territorial disputes with Morocco and the United Kingdom. Rather than pointing to a single driver or a sole inhibitor of foreign policy change, the authors argue that the combination of domestic and global factors offers a more accurate picture of how Spain’s foreign policy has navigated global shifts and domestic crises since the end of the Cold War.
dc.description.sponsorship This chapter falls within the Observatory of European Foreign Policy research project (2017 SGR 693) funded by the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) and within MEDRESET, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Program for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no 693055.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Joly JK, Haesebrouck T, editors. Foreign policy change in Europe since 1991. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2021. p. 259-83
dc.rights © Springer This is a author's accepted manuscript of: Soler E, Barbé E. Spanish foreign policy: navigating global shifts and domestic crises. In: Joly JK, Haesebrouck T, editors. Foreign policy change in Europe since 1991. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2021. p. 259-83. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-68218-7_11. The final version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-68218-7_11
dc.subject.other Espanya -- Relacions exteriors -- S. XX
dc.subject.other Espanya -- Relacions exteriors -- S. XXI
dc.title Spanish foreign policy: navigating global shifts and domestic crises
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-68218-7_11
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/693055
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