Defence Policy and Planning Committee


Sochi Ruiz

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Spain's position paper

Since 1982, Spain’s strategic location has allowed NATO to place military bases in Spanish territories in order to prevent and stop any security threats from the Mediterranean (Gobierno de Espana, 2016). Spain is facing evolving threats such as, increasing terrorism and new nuclear states (North Korea and Iran).
It’s wrong to assume that terrorist attacks only come from the Middle East; unfortunately, terrorist attacks can come from Africa as well. Some Africans have close relationships with ISIS and they even provide weapons or military equipment, raise money, recruit new members and provide information about the region. The past April 19th, Spain arrested a Moroccan man who was actively involved in Daesh and Syrian terrorists groups (Myers, 2016). He was spreading radical messages and recruiting new jihadist (Myers, 2016). Another big event was the Madrid train bombing in 2004. The Madrid bombing was planned by a Moroccan man who was a member of Al-Qaeda (Copnall, 2008). Due to past terrorist attacks, Spain’s main concern is terrorism. In its current state, Spain is unlikely to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks since it requires other members of NATO to help them in its surveillance and detection of possible suspects of terrorism. Sometimes, Spain is very hesitant to cooperate with other NATO members due to the historical and political problems with such members in the past (Spain-UK dispute over Gibraltar)....

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