Spain in World Politics: The Spanish Foreign Policy (Taught in Spanish)

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spain in World Politics: The Spanish Foreign Policy (Taught in Spanish)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Politics

  • Language Level

    High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course aims

    The course aims to provide the student with the main tools of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), an academic field closely related to International Relations. During the course these tools will be applied to the study of the Spanish foreign policy with a threefold perspective. First, there will be a historical approach to the evolution of Spanish foreign policy since the end of Francoism to the present situation. Second, the two most important policy orientations will be dealt with in particular detail: europeanism and atlantism. Thirdly, the course will study the foreign policies of the Spanish governments towards the most important geographic areas.

    Course outline

    I. FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS

    1. Introduction to Foreign Policy Analysis. Theoretical framework and concepts. Material dimensions and instruments of foreign policy: diplomacy, economic ressources, military ressources, propaganda, intelligence services, cooperation policy, and cultural policy.

    2. Conditioning factors of the foreign policy decision-making process. Domestic factors: geography, demography, economy, ideology, and political institutions. Foreign factors: international system, historical links, and priviledged relationships. The role of influence and perceptions in the foreign policy decision-making process.

    3. Actors involved in the foreign policy decision-making process. Legal framework and bureaucratic agencies of foreign policy. Political systems and foreign policies. The control of foreign policy. Theoretical models of actor behavior and decision making.

    II. SPANISH FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS AND EVOLUTION

    4. The making of the Spanish foreign policy. Conditioning factors of the Spanish foreign policy. Constitutional framework and institutional structure. Decision-making process: the guiding principles. Dimensions and instruments of the Spanish foreign policy: the Spanish diplomacy.

    5. The Spanish foreign policy in historical perspective. The crisis of 1898 and the fall of the Spanish power in the world. The Spanish foreign policy until the civil war. Foreign policy during Francoism: from postwar isolation to participation in the international society. The last phase of Francoism.

    6. The Spanish foreign policy since 1975. Foreign policy and political transition towards democracy. Change and continuity in the Spanish foreign policy. The first governments after Franco. The UCD governments' foreign policy (1978-1982). The socialist governments' foreign policy (1982-1996). The conservative governments' foreign policy (1996-2004). The Spanish foreign policy after 2004.

    III.EUROPEANISM AND ATLANTISM IN THE SPANISH FOREIGN POLICY

    7. Europeanism in the Spanish foreign policy. The accession to the European Communities. The Spanish European policy. Evolution of the Spanish participation in the EC. The Spanish presidencies: 1989, 1995, 2002. From the consolidation of Europeanism to the defense of national interests.

    8. Atlantism in the Spanish foreign and security policy (I): Spain and the United States of America. The "special relationship" during Francoism. The bilateral treaties during the democratic period. Evolution of the bilateral relationship until now.

    9. Atlantism in the Spanish foreign and security policy (II): Spain in NATO. The breaking of consensus on the security policy and the accession to NATO. Atlantist ambiguity while continuity within the Alliance. The Spanish model of participation outside the "integrated military structure". Evolution of the Spanish participation until full integration.

    IV. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF THE SPANISH FOREIGN POLICY

    10. Foreign policy towards the Mediterranean. Conditioning factors and interests of the Spanish foreign policy in the Maghreb. The evolution of foreign policy in the region: from balance policies to global policies. The Spanish foreign policy in the Middle East. The Spanish participation in Mediterranean dialogue and cooperation initiatives.

    11. Foreign policy towards Latin America. Conditioning factors and interests of the Spanish foreign policy in Latin America. The evolution of foreign policy in the region: from the rethoric of Hispanidad to the Comunidad iberoamericana de naciones. The Iberoamerican Summits.

    12. Foreign policy at the global level. The Spanish participation in the UN system. Spain at the Security Council. The Spanish participation in UN peace operations. The Spanish cooperation for development policies.

    Course requirements

    Students will be evaluated through a final exam and various activities (discussions and seminars). The final exam will constitute 50% of the final grade, and the various activities (discussions and seminars) will shape the other 50% of the final grade.

    Bibliography

    Foreign Policy Analysis

    Bloomfield, L.P., The Foreign Policy Process. A Modern Primer, Prentice-Hall, Englewood-Cliffs, 1982.
    Clarke, M. & White, B., Understanding Foreign Policy. The Foreign Policy Systems Approach, Edward Elgar, Aldershot, 1990.
    Holsti, K.J., International Politics. A Framework for Analysis, Prentice-Hall, 7th ed., Englewood Cliffs, 1994.
    Jensen, L., Explaining Foreign Policy, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1982.
    Macridis, Roy C. (ed.), Foreign Policy in World Politics. States and Regions, Prentice-Hall, 7th ed., Englewood Cliffs, 1989.
    Mena, Carlos Eduardo, Toma de decisiones y políticas. Algunas aplicaciones a la política exterior, GEL, Buenos Aires, 1989.
    Merle, M., La politique étrangère, PUF, Paris, 1984.
    Russell, R. (comp.), Enfoques teóricos y metodológicos para el estudio de la política exterior, GEL, Buenos Aires, 1992.
    Smith, S. & Clarke, M. (ed.), Foreign Policy Implementations, Allen and Unwin, Londres, 1985.

    Spanish Foreign Policy

    Álvarez Ossorio, Ignacio & Barreñada, Isaías (ed.), España y la cuestión palestina, La Catarata, Madrid, 2003.
    Arenal, Celestino del, Política exterior de España hacia Iberoamérica, Ed. Complutense, Madrid, 1994.
    Armero, J.M., La política exterior de Franco, Planeta, Barcelona, 1978.
    Armero, J.M., La política exterior de España en democracia, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1989.
    Barbé, Esther, La política europea de España, Barcelona, Ariel, 1999.
    Bautista, Eduardo; CORD?"N, Antonio; CORTÉS, Miguel Ángel et al., España, ¿potencia cultural?, Madrid, INCIPE / Política Exterior / Biblioteca Nueva, 2002.
    Cajal, Máximo & SÁNCHEZ RODRÍGUEZ, L., El Convenio sobre coperación para la defensa entre España y EE.UU., Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, Madrid, 1989.
    Calduch, Rafael (ed.), La política exterior española en el siglo XX, Ed. Ciencias Sociales, Madrid, 1994.
    Cortada, J.W. (ed.), Spain in the Twentieth-Century World. Essays on Spanish Diplomacy, 1898-1978, Aldwich Press, Londres, 1980. Crespo MacLennan, Julio, Spain and the Process of European Integration, 1957-85. Political Change and Europeanism, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Palgrave, 2000.
    Espada Burgos, Manuel, Franquismo y política exterior, Rialp, Madrid, 1988.
    Gillespie, R.; Rodrigo, F.; Story, J. (ed.), Las relaciones exteriores de la España democrática, Alianza Universal, Madrid, 1995.
    Gillespie, Richard, Spain and the Mediterranean, Developing a European Policy Towards the South, Nova York, St. Martin's Press, 1999. Jover Zamora, José María, España en la política internacional. Siglos XVIII-XX, Madrid/Barcelona, Marcial Pons, 1999.
    Lisbona, José Antonio, España-Israel. Historia de unas relaciones secretas, Madrid, Temas de hoy, 2002.
    Marquina, Antonio, España en la política de seguridad occidental, 1939-1986, Ed. Ejército, Madrid, 1986.
    Maxwell, Kenneth (ed.), Spanish Foreign and Defense Policy, Westview Press, Boulder, 1991.
    Mesa, Roberto, Democracia y política exterior en España, EUDEMA, Madrid, 1988.
    Mesa, Roberto, La idea de Comunidad Iberoamericana, entre la Historia y la utopía, CEDEAL, Madrid, 1989.
    Mesa, Roberto, La reinvención de la política exterior española, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, Madrid, 1996.
    Morán, Fernando, España en su sitio, Plaza y Janés, Barcelona, 1990.
    Morán, Fernando, Una política exterior para España, Planeta, Barcelona, 1980.
    Pereira, J.C., Introducción al estudio de la política exterior de España (siglos XIX y XX), Akal, Madrid, 1983.
    Pereira, J.C. (coord.), La política exterior de España (1800-2003), Ariel, Barcelona, 2003.
    Piniés, Jaime de, La descolonización del Sáhara, un tema sin concluir, Espasa-Calpe, Madrid, 1990.
    Pollack, Benny & Hunter, Graham, The Paradox of Spanish Foreign Policy. Spain's International Relations From Franco to Democracy, Pinter, London, 1987.
    Preston, P. & Smith, D., Spain, the EEC and the NATO, Routledge and Kegan, London, 1984.
    Remiro Brotons, A., La acción exterior del estado, Tecnos, Madrid, 1984.
    Rupérez, J. (ed.), España, Europa, Iberoamérica, un futuro compartido, Fundación Humanismo y Democracia, Madrid, 1993.
    Solbes, Pedro; ARIAS, Miguel; ALDECOA, Francisco, La presidencia española de las comunidades europeas, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, Madrid, 1988.
    Tusell, Javier; Avilés, Juan; Pardo, Rosa (ed.), La política exterior de España en el siglo XX, UNED, Madrid, 2000.
    Vilar, Juan Bta. (ed.), Las relaciones internacionales en la España contemporánea, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, 1989.
    Viñas, A., Los pactos secretos de Franco con Estados Unidos, Grijalbo, Barcelona, 1981.
    Viñas, A., En las garras del águila, Crítica, Madrid, 2003.
    Zaldívar, C.A., Herrero de Miñón, M.; Aguirre, M., Política exterior española de paz y seguridad, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, Madrid, 1987.

    Yearbooks

    Actividades, Textos y Documentos de la Polltica exterior española, Min. AA.EE., Madrid.
    Anuario Internacional CIDOB, CIDOB, Barcelona.
    Anuario del Centro de Investigación para la Paz, Fundamentos/CIP, Madrid.
    La opinión pública española y la política exterior. Informe INCIPE, Tecnos/INCIPE, Madrid (1991, 1992, 1995).
    Perspectivas exteriores 2002. Los intereses de España en el mundo, Política Exterior / FRIDE / Biblioteca Nueva, 2002.
    Perspectivas exteriores 2004. Los intereses de España en el mundo, Política Exterior / FRIDE / Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid, 2004.

    Web links

    Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs - http://www.mae.es
    Spanish Permanent Mission in the United Nations - http://www.spainun.org/pages/home.cfm
    Real Instituto Elcano - http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org
    Observatorio de Política Exterior Española (OPEX) - http://www.fundacionalternativas.com/OPEX/
    Journal Política Exterior - http://www.politicaexterior.com

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.