FAES

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FAES (Fundacion para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales or "Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies" in English) is a Spanish think tank. It is a non-for profit organization of conservative liberal ideology in Spain that has strong links with the People's Party (PP); it is even known informally as the "Popular Party's ideas laboratory". Its headquarters are in Madrid. Each year, the FAES publishes an annual activity report, which can be downloaded on its website.[1]

Origin[edit]

The organization was founded on November 11, 2002. Prior to the creation of the FAES, there were five separate foundations, all linked to the PP. These foundations were: Fundación Cánovas del Castillo, Popular Iberoamericana, Popular Iberoamericana de Análisis y Estudios Sociales, Popular Iberoamericana de Estudios Europeos y el Instituto de Formación Política. These five foundations merged into one, becoming the FAES.[2]

Founding principles[edit]

The FAES seeks to reinforce values such as Western Freedom, democracy and humanism.

Some of its founding principles include:

  • liberal and representative democracy
  • market economy
  • defense of the idea of Europe as a union of nations bound by similar values
  • Europe and United States alliance

It specifically advocates for liberal and representative democracy because it allows the best “possible coordination between the nation's democratic exercise of power and the defense of individual rights.” FAES supports a market economy because it is most suited to allow “efficient allocation of resources, the boosting of reform, the strengthening of the middle class and the promotion of individual liberty.” The link between the US and Europe is essential to defend against threats such as terrorism and fundamentalism and will benefit the creation of a free trade area.[3]

Goals[edit]

The FAES aims to create, promote and spread ideas based on political, intellectual and economic freedom. Many of these ideas provide political alternatives to socialism. The purpose of these ideas is their transformation into programs of political action to better the future of Spain.

Instruments used to achieve these goals include: discussion groups, seminars, lectures, summer conferences, and training courses. The FAES’ ideas and political proposals are also disseminated through electronic publications such as a journal (known as Cuadernos de pensamiento politico), reports (known as FAES Papers) and books.[4][5]

Organization[edit]

The president of the association is former prime minister José María Aznar. The vice president is María Dolores de Cospedal. The Secretary-General is Javier Zarzalejos. A board of trustees also governs the organization. Their responsibilities include deciding on a plan of activities and a budget as well as outlining areas of interest.

The FAES is organized by department:
  • Economy and Public Policies
  • Constitution and Institutions
  • International Department
  • Publishing Department
  • Communications Department
  • Management Department
  • Organization Department
FAES has four specialized units:
  • Instituto Cánovas del Castillo: researches and disseminates the history of the Spanish liberal-conservative thinking
  • Instituto Manuel Fraga: studies Spanish political affairs after the democratic transition
  • Instituto Popular Iberoamericano: develops and strengthens ties between Spain and Latin America
  • Institut Catalunya Futur: organizes seminars based on the interests of Catalunya[6]

In the news[edit]

Rankings[edit]

  • In the ‘2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice’ FAES was the best ranked Spanish think tank out of the top 150 think tanks worldwide. It was ranked number 60 in this classification, ahead of other Spanish institutions such as CIDOB, FRIDE, Real Instituto Elcano and Institución Futuro.[7]
  • In the report ‘Transparencia, el mejor eslogan 2012’ FAES was first in the political foundations transparency ranking. The report ranked the transparency of many foundations linked to political parties and emphasized that FAES is the only foundation out of the 26 analyzed that provides financial information on its website.[8]

Publications[edit]

  • May 2013 marked the launch of a new book series called “Biografias Politicas,” which contains the biographies of important figures in the liberal-conservative tradition of contemporary Spain.

Recent proposals[edit]

  • In October 2013, the FAES presented a proposal for a new national energy strategy. It offers recommendations to increase efficiency and the competitiveness of its markets.[9]
  • In July 2013, the FAES presented a report for an ambitious tax reform. The report is called “Una reforma fiscal para el crecimiento y el empleo.” In English, this translates to “A fiscal reform for growth and employment.” This tax reform seeks to lower taxes in order to promote factors such as economic growth and job creation. At the launch of this the report, which took place on the 2013 FAES campus, Aznar (president of the FAES) advocated for such a reform citing the success that other similarly ambitious tax reforms have had in the past. These include tax reforms undertaken by the Spanish government in 1999 and 2003.[10]

Controversies[edit]

  • In March 2005, the FAES presented a video that directly attacked the political left. The video claimed that the bomb attack on March 11, 2004 was a political ploy to influence the general election, which took place three days later. The video alleges that the PSOE leaders, especially Zapatero, skillfully used the attack to blame the PP party, divide the Spanish public opinion and politically coerce voters to support the left.[11]

International relations[edit]

  • FAES works internationally with foundations in Latin America, the United States, and throughout Europe. For example, in 2009, the FAES established a formal collaborative relationship with CHLI, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advances the diversity of thought in the U.S. Hispanic community. The FAES also works closely together with UPLA (an association of center-right parties in Latin America) to defend freedom and democracy in Latin America.[12] The FAES also works closely together with UPLA (an association of center-right parties in Latin America) to defend freedom and democracy in Latin America.
  • A course at the 2013 Campus FAES was dedicated to international policy. The course was titled “A New Atlantic Relationship.” It addressed the idea of the creation of a transatlantic free trade area. This conference is one of many conferences by the FAES that brought together prominent Spanish and foreign politicians, scholars and experts.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fundación para el análysis y los estudios sociales – FAES". European-network-of-political-foundations.eu. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Golinger, Eva. "CEDICE: La nueva cara del imperio en Venezuela". Encontrarte.aporrea.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Founding Principles". Fundaes.es. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  4. ^ "FAES - Fundación para el análisis y los estudios sociales - Faes - Presentation Site". Fundaes.es. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  5. ^ "FAES". Fundaes.es. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  6. ^ "FAES - Fundación para el análisis y los estudios sociales - Faes - Presentation Site". Fundaes.es. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  7. ^ "FAES, first Spanish think tank in the top think tank ranking worldwide". Fundacionfaes.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  8. ^ "FAES, first in the political foundations transparency ranking". Fundacionfaes.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  9. ^ "FAES - Fundación para el análisis y los estudios sociales - Faes - Actualidad Site". Fundacionfaes.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  10. ^ "Few taxes, low and simple | Aznar asks for a fair and efficient tax system to improve growth". Jmaznar.es. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  11. ^ "Aznar launches controversial 11-M video". Thinkspain.com. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  12. ^ "CHLI and FAES Sign Agreement in Madrid, Spain To Establish Formal Collaborative Relationship". Chli.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  13. ^ "International Course.- 'A New Atlantic Relationship'". Fundacionfaes.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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