Isn.ethz.ch–Our interviewee this month is Charles Powell, who is the Director of the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid. In our discussion, Mr. Powell 1) explains how the Institute uses its annual Global Presence Index to measure how different countries manifest themselves internationally, 2) reflects on how Spain has fared in the Index over time, 3) clarifies why traditional Western defense models are losing their utility, and 4) recommends ways that Spain might want to restructure its defense posture and capabilities.
In 2010, the Elcano Royal Institute launched the annual Elcano Global Presence Index. This index measures and ranks the ‘external presence’ of various countries. Can you tell us more about how you assess this presence? Also, what were the results of the latest ranking?
In our view, global presence refers to a country’s ability to project itself externally. It measures to what extent and in what ways countries ‘are out there’, regardless of whether they are exerting actual influence or power.
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