Ecuador’s Foreign Policy – Case Study

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Ecuador is a small country located in the western part of South America with a population of approximately 17 million. It has a history of political instability and economic challenges that have affected its foreign policy. In recent years, Ecuador has been caught between two opposing geopolitical camps: the Western Free World led by the United States, and an alliance of Russia, China, and Iran. Ecuador’s foreign policy has had to navigate these competing interests while also dealing with its own internal challenges, such as the Julian Assange case.

The Western Free World vs. Russia, China, Iran Ally

The Western Free World, led by the United States, has traditionally been Ecuador’s main trading partner and source of foreign investment. The United States has also provided military aid to Ecuador in the past, particularly during the country’s border conflict with Peru in the 1990s. However, the relationship between the two countries has only sometimes been smooth. In 2009, Ecuador expelled the US ambassador after a diplomatic dispute. In addition, the United States has been critical of Ecuador’s domestic policies, particularly its treatment of the media and civil society groups.

On the other hand, Russia, China, and Iran have been expanding their influence in Latin America in recent years, including in Ecuador. These countries have offered economic incentives, such as investment in infrastructure and natural resources, to Ecuador in exchange for closer ties. They have also offered military cooperation, including training and equipment for the Ecuadorian military.

Ecuador has sought to balance its relationships with both the Western Free World and the Russia-China-Iran alliance. The country has pursued a policy of non-alignment and has sought to maintain good relations with all nations. For example, in 2018, Ecuador signed a cooperation agreement with Russia, which included the development of joint projects in the areas of trade, investment, energy, and culture. At the same time, Ecuador has also sought to strengthen its ties with the United States. In 2019, Ecuador signed a trade agreement with the United States, which is expected to boost trade between the two countries.

The Julian Assange Case

The Julian Assange case has been a major challenge to Ecuador’s foreign policy. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 after he was accused of sexual assault in Sweden. Ecuador granted him asylum, citing concerns about his human rights and the possibility of extradition to the United States. Assange remained in the embassy for seven years, during which time Ecuador provided him with food, lodging, and other support.

The Assange case strained Ecuador’s relationship with the United States, which has sought Assange’s extradition to face charges of espionage and conspiracy to hack into US government computers. In addition, Assange’s presence in the embassy created tensions between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, which had to provide security for the embassy and its staff.

In 2019, Ecuador revoked Assange’s asylum and allowed British authorities to arrest him. Since then, Assange has been held in a UK prison, fighting extradition to the United States. The case has significantly impacted Ecuador’s foreign policy, particularly its relationship with the Western Free World. Some critics have accused Ecuador of betraying Assange and violating his human rights by allowing him to be arrested. Others have argued that Ecuador’s decision to revoke Assange’s asylum was necessary to restore its relationship with the United States and other Western countries.


Ecuador’s foreign policy has been shaped by its historical relationship with the Western Free World, as well as its growing ties with the Russia-China-Iran alliance. The country has sought to balance these relationships while also dealing with its own internal challenges, such as the Julian Assange case. Despite these challenges, Ecuador has managed to maintain good relations with both sides and has sought to play a role in a balanced World GeoPolitical Arena.

Constructive role in international affairs.

The Julian Assange case has been a major test of Ecuador’s foreign policy. While the decision to grant Assange asylum was motivated by concerns about his human rights, it also created tensions between the United States and the United Kingdom. In the end, Ecuador’s decision to revoke Assange’s asylum and allow his arrest was seen by some as a betrayal of his rights, while others saw it as necessary to restore Ecuador’s relationship with the Western Free World.

Moving forward, Ecuador will continue to face challenges in balancing its relationships with the United States and the Russia-China-Iran alliance. The country will need to navigate issues such as trade, investment, and military cooperation while also dealing with internal challenges such as political instability and economic inequality. In addition, the Julian Assange case highlights the importance of upholding human rights and international law in foreign policy decision-making.

Overall, Ecuador’s foreign policy is a complex issue that reflects the challenges faced by many small countries in navigating the competing interests of larger powers. While the country has sought to maintain good relations with all sides, it will need to continue to adapt to changing geopolitical dynamics in order to pursue its interests and protect its sovereignty.

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Will Asia rise over Western Free World?

Will China take over the World? Will Europe collapse? Is it the end of the Free World? Is the US empire about to end? Will Russia invade Europe?

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We see these questions again and again throughout the internet. And many people believe that these are legit fears and we are about to see something special that we never saw before.

I have bad news. Most of these assumptions are far from the truth. And most importantly, these ideas are not quite new things. Throughout history, people believed this kind of stuff for centuries. But, most of these predictions were just among scholars, journalists, philosophers, priests and privileged communities as the majority didn’t have access to the information or ideologies.

But with the boost of technology, most of the underprivileged countries and people did have access to the information. On the other hand, famous traditional and new media outlets are feeding these information platforms for their profits. For that profit-oriented businesses, they need stuff that impresses the fantasy of the majority.

Supply and Demand in the media industry

Most people know that supply and demand matter in the entertainment media industry. But, they do not know that the same rule works in news and current affairs as well. So, either western or eastern oriented media outlets feed the demand of the majority.

So most people either live in Free World or the East, they genetically live with a fear of a great villain. So the people who live in countries like the US, South Korea, Taiwan, Europe, the UK or Singapore will believe that China, Russia or Iran will take over the World power and their Free World will face an issue. So they have a villain.

People who live in the suppressed or half-suppressed east-oriented world will always have their western phobia. So they have a small hope about Russia or China or Iran will take over the power of the World to limit the future of the free world and build the conservative world power to save their closed suppressed lifestyle.

Even it is not representing the mindset of every human being who lives across these two types of countries. It is about the major political vibe and colour of countries.

So, these World powershifting dramas are the major source of feeds to run media outlets across the globe. Media is being called the fourth pillar of politics and they play a huge role in politics as well as in business. In the modern world, big tech-media hybrid giants also play a huge part in this.

Two factors of satisfying predictions

Those influential theories are contributing to the current World status in the exact opposite way of what most people believe.

These theories are satisfying both kinds of people (as I explained above) and it leads to the growth of the media and information industry. So it is directly interconnected with other corporations that use those channels for their growth as well. So, simply these theories are fuelling up the entire economy to shape its consumption decisions.

And the second factor is, these theories are also filling up the space for villains. So there is no need to grow a real villain as the villain demand and the demand-supply; both parties are seeing villains.


These overrated and overestimated future predictions are just urban myths and there were countless of these kinds of things since the beginning of human culture. The fear of Nazis, Fear of the Soviet Union, Fear of Russia which we can see how funny in real-time or the fear of North Korea are some of the recent fake beliefs.

In ancient times, there were similar fears and they were so unrealistic for today’s world. But those theories were so realistic at that time. Now we have urban myths that seem so realistic to today’s world.


In 1962, some Australians believed that USSR (Soviet Union) will take over the entire world and the US will fail. So they believed that Russian needed to be taught in Australian Public Schools.

So, we could see a similar fear over China these days. And some people believed Russia will take over the power of Ukraine within two days. And most of the over-estimated assumptions about the Russian Military came to the end after the Ukraine invasion.

So, the World will stay with similar trends for a very long time and it is so mythical to make your personal decisions based on these future predictions will not help you.

In other words, if you are not from the Free World, do not believe that you will be able to have the fortune of a Free World by its destruction which is going to be made possible by rising new World Powers. Work towards the Free World and achieve your dreams from there.

Let me finalize this article with an example. Some people wait in front of a mountain on a rainy day until a landslide happens to reach the apple tree which is on the top of the mountain.

Anuradha Bernard – Free World haters
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