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Luis Francisco Martínez Montes

Counselor to the Spanish Representation to the United Nations

Luis Francisco Martínez Montes is a counselor to the Spanish Representation to the United Nations in New York.

As a diplomat, he has served as advisor to the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Ibero-American Affairs in the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Previously, he was a counselor to the Spanish Permanent Representation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) based in Vienna and Deputy Head of Mission at the Spanish Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

While posted in Central Asia, Mr. Montes developed an interest in the history of Inner Eurasia and has written and lectured extensively on the new actors and dynamics shaping the lands stretching from Moscow to Beijing. He has written articles and essays for Spanish publications on U.S.-China relations, Spanish foreign policy and EU trends. He contributes articles to The Globalist in a personal capacity.

Mr. Montes holds a degree in political science and international relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a degree in French literature and translation, and has specialized in U.S. foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C.

Articles by Luis Francisco Martínez Montes

Religion and Economic Success in Europe

Why does the idea persist that Europe's Catholic nations have always been economic slow-growers?

June 2, 2012

The Catholic Origins of Globalization

Why do some economists persist in stereotyping Europe's Catholic nations as laggards, when they practically invented what we today call globalization?

June 1, 2012

Spain — A Country Built on Sand?

Is Spain's economy really as frail as its detractors would have us believe?

December 8, 2010

Introducing the APEs: Anglo-Protestant Economies

If running a big deficit for two years in times of great distress can be considered a mortal sin, what about the United States and the UK?

December 7, 2010

PIGS Vs. APEs: Living on an Animal Farm

How would you feel if one day you woke up and discovered that you were a PIG?

December 6, 2010

China and Spain: Creating Global Culture (Part III)

How did early ocean trade routes contribute to cultural exchanges?

June 11, 2009

Sailing from Spain to China: Globalization by Sea (Part II)

How did China's money supply and American silver influence early globalization trends?

June 10, 2009

Spain and China in the Age of Globalization (Part I)

What led to China and Spain becoming pioneering ocean explorers in ancient times?

June 9, 2009

Barcelona and Madrid: A Tale of Two Cities (Part II)

How far does the influence of a global megacity reach?

May 7, 2009

Barcelona and Madrid: A Tale of Two Cities (Part I)

How has a high-speed rail corridor changed the profile of Spain's largest cities?

May 7, 2009