Contemporary Spanish Foreign Policy

1st Edition

David Garcia, Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Published November 11, 2016
Reference - 186 Pages
ISBN 9781138238176 - CAT# Y310357
Series: Routledge Advances in European Politics

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This book examines the evolution of Spanish foreign policy since 1975, through five different presidencies, spanning its transformation from a dictatorial political system and backward economy to a modern European state, fully democratic and with a well-functioning market economy, under strain from the Eurozone Sovereign Debt crisis. It explains how domestic developments and external factors have combined to shape Spain’s international relations, assessing the impact of EU membership and providing an example of how middle powers can pursue their foreign policy objectives in the international system. The authors explore a range of topics including:

  • Defence and security
  • Economy and development
  • Soft power
  • Spanish policy towards the EU, the United States, Latin America, the Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Spanish politics and history, European Union studies, foreign policy, international relations and security studies.


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