Christian Manrique and Qatar Embargo

Christian Manrique’s new post

Christian Manrique points out how Qatar’s diplomatic crisis within the Persian Gulf, with the measures taken by Saudi Arabia and its allies, has produced an important effect in the country. According to this situation, on the short run, blocking borders by land, sea and air will increase gas and oil export costs and pricing. It will also imply a new redistribution scheme on the Persian Gulf logistic chain. These issues are just the tip of the iceberg and other elements must be taken into account for deeper understanding.

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Christian Manrique’s new post

Christian Manrique analyzes Qatar under embargo and its consequences. His post underlines also how geopolitical instability throughout the Persian Gulf has deepened the current diplomatic crisis. The country is isolated, blocked, through the only land border from the South with Saudi Arabia, although there are other barriers.

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Christian Manrique y Qatar II

Christian Manrique, nuevo post

Christian Manrique expone en este segundo post dedicado a la crisis diplomática en Qatar, en el Golfo Pérsico, el impacto de las medidas tomadas por Arabia Saudí y sus aliados. En este sentido, a corto plazo, el cierre de las fronteras por tierra, mar y aire supone un incremento de costes en las exportaciones qatarís de gas y petróleo, así como una nueva redistribución de la cadena logística en el Golfo Pérsico. Pero existen otros elementos que se deben considerar.

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Christian Manrique, nuevo post

Christian Manrique analiza en esta entrada el embargo al que se encuentra sometido Qatar y sus consecuencias. Subraya como la inestabilidad geopolítica del Golfo Pérsico se ha agravado en los últimos meses debido a la crisis diplomática. El país está aislado a través de la única frontera terrestre por el sur con Arabia Saudita, aunque existen otras barreras.

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Putin and Trump’s World (1)

Christian Manrique Valdor’s post

“Welcome to my world/ Won’t you come on in/ Miracles, I guess/ Still happen now and then/ Step into my heart/ Leave your cares behind/ Welcome to my world/ Built with you in mind/ Knock and the door shall be open…” Well, maybe, there is a slight chance, as Elvis Presley lyrics illustrate, to have and understanding between Putin and Trump, though the situation is quite tough right now.

Russia: relations with the new USA Administration


If the new American Administration, under Trump’s leadership, is able to accomplish its electoral promises, we shall get ready to manage huge social, political and economic changes. This situation will come up with a new situation never seen since World War Two. Vladimir Putin’s Russia might profit from this, seeing an opportunity to regain part of its geopolitical hegemony, no matter where the White House might draw the red lines of this relation, today ambiguous and out of focus. On the other hand, this situation can also generate global risks, creating a fall on world trade due to protectionist measures affecting all economies.

Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” has got an important social, political and economic slope. His two main electoral promises were these: economic nationalism defence and trade protectionism; in the diplomatic field laid regaining Russia relations. He has started to work on the first goal and, so far, it has affected free trade agreements. The second goal is becoming controversial in USA domestic politics. It’s becoming more real through Syria’s situation, counter terrorism and trying to change NATO’s role.

Regaining influence

The general trend about relations between Russia and the USA has been instability, as well as, mutual accusations, lack of trust and mutual respect, which has been increasing for the last years. Had both countries found a common space for understanding, their relations would have been different, despite USA’s polarization and Trump’s Administration instability. There is still chance for improvement. On this, Russian Government expects international sanctions to lift, respect to its Syrian interests and recognition of its influence in its western ex-soviet landmarks, against NATO and EU interests. Russia’s preferences are of a more Euro-Asiatic kind, its priorities economic and geopolitical, therefore its aim is a geopolitical equality among the USA, Russia and China. This is quite similar to the cold war situation held until the USSR collapse in 1991. Under these circumstances, China is a player that must be taken into consideration.

In the February meeting between the Russian and the USA secretaries of State, Serguéi Lavrov and Rex Tillerson, different issues were on the agenda and red lines were drawn as well: the Minsk Agreement fulfillment, cooperation between both countries if it had benefits for the USA interests and the fight against ISIS, though without military cooperation. From the Kremlin’s point of view this doesn’t look as what Russia understands as an improvement between both countries.

Russia will prefer a joint military action against ISIS in Syria. This will imply USA’s Moscow recognition as an international and equal player. USA support to political reassurance in Syria will be seen as a good gesture by Moscow. Nevertheless, Russia seems to be focused on its own Middle East strategies, oriented towards its own goals, as is going on with Iran, whose Putin’s aims differ greatly from Trump’s.

USA’s Press Secretary statements, pointing out that Crimea should go back to Ukraine, as well as Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor, close to Russia, break any possible paths and makes Russia feel more excluded and harassed, specifically by the EU and the NATO, as Russians claim. Besides all these issues that have to be taken into account, the Kremlin follows with expectations the evolution of their relations seeking for an improvement or, at least, normalization. The Western World deceived Russia as a role model after USSR collapsed in the early nineties. Nowadays Russia hopes the situation with Trump will not be repeated, expecting he will help the country to overcome international conflicts and to regain its influence.

El mundo según Putin y Trump 1

Putin Trump
Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump. Picture by Getty Images published by New Republic.

Nuevo post de Christian Manrique Valdor


Rusia: relaciones con la nueva administración estadounidense

Si la nueva administración estadounidense, liderada por Donald Trump, es capaz de cumplir sus promesas electorales, debemos estar preparados para gestionar importantes cambios en materia social, política y económica. Esta situación generará un escenario único desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Una posible beneficiaria sería Rusia que, bajo el mando de Vladimir Putin, ve una oportunidad al recuperar parte de su hegemonía geopolítica, independientemente de hasta dónde ponga la Casa Blanca las líneas rojas en su relación rusa, hoy ambigua y difusa.  Dicho escenario a su vez, puede generar riesgos a nivel global, provocando una disminución del comercio mundial por la aplicación de medidas proteccionistas y afectando a todas las economías.

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La nueva economía de Trump y Putin

El presidente Trump junto a su hija Ivanka y el primer ministro de Canadá, Justin Trudeau, en el despacho Oval (foto: instagram @ivankatrump). 

It’s the economy, stupid. Esa frase, acuñada durante la exitosa campaña presidencial de Bill Clinton, define a la perfección los escenarios que tienen que afrontar tanto Donald Trump como Vladimir Putin por separado y como “socios preferentes” en el ámbito internacional. Los últimos acontecimientos, como la renuncia del consejero de seguridad de la Casa Blanca, Michael Flynn, podrían dejar entrever, a pesar de la opacidad, un posible trato de favor hacia el Kremlin. Esa decisión política, la salida de Flynn, se produce como consecuencia de posibles negociaciones secretas entre el equipo de Trump y Moscú para supuestamente levantar las sanciones que impuso el Gobierno Obama a Rusia. Pero lo que pone de manifiesto es que la economía y el dinero mueven el mundo, siempre. En este post ofrezco algunas claves sobre las sinergias desbocadas del nuevo imperio que tanto Trump como Putin quieren levantar.

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