Archive for the ‘Master in International Relations (MIR)’ Category

12
Sep

We are pelased to announce that Sofia Rondán, MIR Alum 2015/2016 has won the IE Foundation Prize in Humanities, in the Spanish Poetry Category. Please find below the winning entry:

 

NADIE

 

Íbamos cada tarde a pasear la playa

para ver cómo el Sol languidecía.

Como nosotros cientos de individuos,

miles de individuos…

Una masa de humanos trashumante

sesteaba feliz y complacida,

contemplando el magenta del cielo

daliniano.

Y llegó aquella barca, sin nadie,

sin Caronte siquiera.

Las monedas se las quedaron otros.

Pero nosotros continuamos mirando

aquel atardecer del cielo

daliniano.

Así, tarde tras tarde,

llegaba la barcaza.

Y nadie preguntaba dónde estaba el barquero.

Perdidos los muchachos

entre las piernas largas

de las mujeres viejas.

Soberbias las muchachas

buscando un falso cáliz

de juventud eterna.

Una masa de humanos,

tecnológicamente post-humanos,

caminamos la arena,

en el atardecer del cielo daliniano.

Un día, entre las olas, no vino la barcaza,

pero llegaron cuarenta y cuatro cuerpos.

Cuarenta y cuatro negros cuerpos.

Y nosotros tampoco preguntamos

dónde estaba el barquero.

Otro día cuatrocientos cuarenta y cuatro cuerpos,

y otro, cuatro mil cuatrocientos cuarenta y cuatro cuerpos.

Para cuando supimos, que en las profundidades

había un cementerio, no quisimos saber

quiénes eran los muertos.

Ni de dónde venían.

Ni para qué vinieron.

Caronte se sienta entre nosotros,

mirando complacido

la belleza magenta del cielo daliniano,

las piernas largas de las mujeres viejas.

Y ofrece un cáliz,

a las muchachas que están mirando al cielo.

Recoge las monedas,

porque las barcas partirán ahora

al mar del otro lado.

 

– Sofía Rondán

20
Jun

FGM

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? Female genital mutilation or ablation involves the partial or total removal of the external sexual organs of women. FGM is a custom that is currently practiced in many countries in Africa and Asia. This brutal practice is to control female sexual desire and what is more, to get the total submission of women to the family and the husband (Fundacion Kirira).

FGM’s Prevalence: According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 200 million girls alive today have undergone FGM and there are 3 million girls at risk of undergoing the practice every year, with the majority of girls being cut before 15 years of age (2013).

On May 31, the International Relations Club had the honor of hosting a Female Gentile Mutilation (FGM) seminar at IE. The seminar featured Estrella Gimenez the President of Fundacion Kirira, which is an NGO in Spain that helps fight against FGM. In addition to Estrella’s presentation, we also had a MIR student Lula Tensaew tell her touching story about the daily struggles she faces having undergone this practice. Estrella started by sharing the story of how the foundation came about and in a sad tone Estrella said, “One summer in August, I went on a typical safari trip to Kenya and couldn’t help but realize that something was wrong”. The shocking reality was that August was the month of female mutilations in the Tharaka village and all the young girls were being mutilated. When someone in the village asked her why she had not been mutilated, with astonishment, Estrella realized that there was a deep underlying problem. Many girls were dropping out of school to undergo mutilation as early as 12 years of age to prepare them for marriage. Estrella started her NGO in 2002 and 14 years later, thanks to the Kirira Foundation, FGM has been reduced drastically from 90% to less than 5% of FGM cases in the village of Tharaka. Estrella and her team have truly been successful in saving many girls’ lives and they are true heroes.

MIR student Lula Tensaew, shared that when she was a young girl living in Eritrea she was mutilated at 2 years of age. She wanted to shed light on this horrible practice and also believes that by raising awareness, the lives of many girls could be saved. Throughout her life, she has dealt with many health issues due to FGM and emphasized that, “there are many women like me worldwide living with this pain in silence”. We thank Lula for sharing such a personal and deep story. She is truly worthy of our respect and admiration.

 

8
Jun

Todo lo que necesita saber para orientar su carrera en el ámbito de las Relaciones Internacionales. Desde las transformaciones, desafíos y oportunidades a los que se enfrenta esta disciplina en el siglo XXI hasta la descripción de  los perfiles que mejor se adaptan a las posibles salidas laborales. Sin olvidar las experiencias personales, las voces de profesionales que hablan de su trayectoria y de cómo han llegado al puesto que ahora ocupan –

Marine Andraud Marine Andraud, antigua alumna del IE Master en Relaciones Internacionales, Trainee del Banco Central Europeo

Los estudios en Relaciones Internacionales (RR II) están enfrentándose a un desafío que los ha empezado a redefinir con urgencia en Estados Unidos y que va a seguir revolucionándolos en los próximos años. Estas grandes transformaciones, dos sobre todo, ya han empezado a llegar a España y América Latina.

La primera transformación es que la autonomía y utilidad de la propia disciplina de las Relaciones Internacionales está seriamente cuestionada. La creciente globalización e internacionalización de los profesionales y los mercados convenció durante décadas a muchos académicos de que el grado de RR II apenas había que justificarlo, porque integraba y permitía profundizar en un amplio abanico de materias en la que ningún otro programa profundizaba.

Se añadía, en definitiva, una perspectiva novedosa a las Ciencias Políticas, el Derecho, los estudios culturales o la Economía y se integraban todos esos ángulos en un mismo espacio para beneficio de los estudiantes, que adquirían un conocimiento único que les permitiría aprovechar las oportunidades que prometía la globalización, identificar las amenazas y explicar esta nueva realidad a empresas, instituciones y opinión pública. Leer mas…

Publicado el 2 de junio en http://www.esglobal.org

 

 

17
May

 

On Monday 16 May, Prof. Daniel Kselman, Academic Director at the IE School of International Relations, was interviewed on La Aventura del Saber, a daily informative program on the  Spanish public network, RTVE. In the interview, Prof. Kselman explains the basic concepts of game theory and its applications both in daily life and in larger geopolitical contexts.

 

http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/la-aventura-del-saber/aventura-del-saber-16-05-16/3609559/

 

 

 

 

21
Apr

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#MIRinBrussels Fieldwork Experience

 

By Rimpal Kumbhani and Susan Guarda, MIR 2015/2016

After 5 months of vigorous coursework, it was finally time for the highlight of the MIR Program. From March 14th to March 18th, all 29 students, Executive Director Waya Quiviger, Academic Director Dan Kselman, and Program Assistant Angel Benito took a weeklong trip to Brussels, Belgium to experience and apply what was learned in the classroom. Each day started with an early wakeup call with the smell of brewing coffee, and warm complimentary continental breakfast, which was necessary to fuel the long agenda in the heart of the capital. The trip included a variety of visits and seminars given by both public and private organizations. The visits included the EU Institutions such as the Commission, Parliament and the Council. In addition to the EU institutions, MIR students visited the lobby firm Hill & Knowlton, newspaper Politico, the U.S. Commission to the EU and the global telecommunications company Telefonica, just to name a few. We had the opportunity to meet professionals from all over the world and sit through captivating seminars regarding the EU a global actor. The seminars motivated students to be interactive and ask questions about pressing issues.

 

 

Quotes from students:

 

“The highlight of the trip was when we visited NATO. We had Q&A sessions with 4 different personnel and I was able to get further information on a topic I had been studying in term 2, NATO’s role in the Ukraine conflict. For me this was an experience that I couldn’t have had elsewhere”. –Rimpal Kumbhani

 

“I was thrilled to go to the lobbying firm, Hill & Knowlton, and get a first hand experience on how the company operates. In general, the different visits gave us insight on how the public and private sectors are connected”. –Nina Volaric

 

“It was rewarding to get an insider’s view of the workings of the EU. It was truly a unique experience to get to interact with officials and experts in the field while exploring job opportunities”. – Susan Guarda

 

 

Looking back at the trip, it was a privilege to have visited the different organizations but even bigger privilege to be there under safe conditions. Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones affected by the Brussels attacks.

 

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