«L'Europe ne se fera pas d'un coup, ni dans une construction d'ensemble: elle se fera par des réalisations concrètes créant d'abord une solidarité de fait.»
― Robert Schuman
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall and the first centenary of the start of World War I: two traumatic experiences that divided Europe and the world. Both episodes symbolize how miserable is the human condition. Yet the history of international relations over the last century is not only about conflicts. To our own surprise and thanks to diplomatic efforts, Europeans have been able to move forward in the dynamics of cooperation to forge a community of values based on rules; a common space for management of global public goods which, like any other living organism, combines periods of crisis with valuable progress steps in the European integration process.
Diplomacy, Geopolitics and Security [DGS] arises as a platform for disseminating ideas, knowledge and information; a starting point for anyone interested in international affairs who seeks to approach them from different angles. It is the reason why this website embraces the existence of various types of content, ranging from analysis to infographics and Op-Ed articles. This outreach effort is completed with the Spanish translation of selected contributions written by relevant analysts for international media and prestigious think tanks.
The second goal of this blog is to serve as a repository for documents which are commonly used as reference materials in many of international relations and security policy studies. Such is the case, for instance, of those publications such as the Human Development Index (UNDP), the Global Risks Report (WEF) or the so-called TE-SAT, an acronym of the EUROPOL annual report on the situation and trends of terrorism in Europe. In addition to these materials of notable interest, readers of this blog will also find a directory with leading national and international academic journals, as well as an extensive recommended bibliography. All of it has been organized in thematic sections.
Finally, it only remains to remind readers that this humble corner is open to debate and participation through contributions, comments and suggestions. In doing so, there is no other restriction that all due respect in personal and professional terms, and a certain degree of accuracy regarding factual information and arguments.
Madrid, November 2014