Europe's geopolitical challenges and opportunities

The Future of the Old World

REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE - El presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, estrecha la mano del presidente chino, Xi Jinping, mientras se reúnen al margen de la cumbre de líderes del G20 en Bali, Indonesia, el 14 de noviembre de 2022
photo_camera REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE - U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia November 14, 2022

Óscar Vara presents his new book "The Future of the Old World", published by Ariel, in which he explains the world geopolitical map with an eye on Spain and Europe as a reference and paying special attention to areas such as the Mediterranean, Asia and Latin America.

In this concise synthesis of contemporary European geopolitics, Óscar Vara clarifies the challenges, opportunities and needs of the European Union to once again become a global geopolitical power, comparable to that of the United States and China, and, above all, competitive.


This research cannot be done without taking into account the shock of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and what it means for the configuration of the geopolitical world of the future, so this conflict and its ramifications for the state of the world order, especially the reaction and coercion of European states, are duly analysed.

Óscar Vara also breaks down the imperfections of the European Union in an international framework, showing clear flaws in its political and diplomatic methodology and questioning the foundations on which it is built. Through this analysis, the author has succeeded in offering us a work of acute introspection that debates the paths European geopolitics could take after the beginning of this turbulent decade.

About the author

Óscar Vara holds a PhD in Fundamentals of Economic Analysis and is a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also teaches on the Master's Degree in Political Action at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and on the Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership at the Universidad San Pablo-CEU. He has published articles in journals such as Empresa y Humanismo, Revista de Historia Económica, Cuadernos de Economía and Procesos de Mercado, of which he is deputy director. He is also co-author of the books "The Russian Economic Enigma" and "The State and Economic Theory".

He is one of the leading experts on Russia and founder of the Youtube channel Geopolinomics, where he analyses geopolitics from an economic perspective. He is a regular contributor to different media such as La Sexta and RTVE.

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