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The Iran Dialogues – 3

“Iran: Ideology & Nation-Building”

Madrid, Friday 25 October 2013

12:00-13:30 at IE, C/ Maria de Molina 4, Room E107

Professor Ali Ansari,

St. Andrews University

You are cordially invted to attend “Iran: Ideology & Nation-Building”, the third in a set of discussions being held in Spain as part of the Iran Dialogues Series. This session will be co-hosted by the IE School of International Relations and the Toledo International Center for Peace (CITpax).

The Islamic Republic of Iran is frequently perceived externally as being a purely ideological state.  However, concepts of nationhood, regional aspirations, and competing internal spheres of influence also affect the way in which ideology is used to shape Iran’s domestic as well as foreign policy.  Iran’s main objectives are not to be found solely in some ideological universe detached from reality, but instead are situated, and should also be understood, in terms of real politik and various sets of interests.  While the religious-ideological element is highly relevant, it is not necessarily always determining, and is not sufficient alone to explain all of Tehran’s actions.

Understanding the complex interplay of ideology, nation-building and nationalism in relation to regional and global aspirations, is particularly important in a context in which Iran is implicated in the prevailing balance of power in the Levant; has clear aims – and rivalries – in the Persian Gulf; and competes for influence in the broader region.

“Iran: Ideology & Nation-Building” is the third in a set of discussions being held in Spain as part of the Iran Dialogues Series co-organized by IE School of International Relations and CITpax.

Dr Ali Ansari is Professor of Modern History with reference to the Middle East, at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is the founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies, and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. One of his areas of specialisation is Islam and the West. He is the author of a number of books including The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran; Iran Under Ahmadinejad; and Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Roots of Mistrust.

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IE School of International Relations in pleased to welcome former US Ambassador Alan D. Solomont, who will offer workshops on diplomacy and foreign policy to students in both the undergraduate and Master’s international relations programs. These workshops will draw on Ambassador Solomont’s vast international experience, and especially his experience as US Ambassador to Spain from 2009-2013, a time of global economic crisis and political upheaval. They will give students an inside look at the foreign policy process, and the unique challenges which arise in the day-to-day implementation of a government’s stated policy objectives. His visit is a privilege which we all look forward to!     


On Wednesday, October 2nd, IE School of International Relations held the opening ceremony of the 2013-2014 Master in International Relations and welcomed the 6th intake of a truly international program. The program brings together students from 4 continents, who represent 10 countries: Belgium, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Spain, UK, and the US.

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“IE School of International Relations was one of the prestigious universities that participated in the GLOBE seminar organized by the Fletcher school in Boston and the University of St Gallen. It took place at the TUFTS University European Centre in Talloires in France from the 22nd to the 27th of September 2013. The seminar was held in a 11th century Benedictine monastery by Lake Annecy which was an unbelievably beautiful setting. It was surreal to be in a place which is an important piece of French history.

The theme for the seminar this year was Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis. Seasoned practitioners from organisations such as the Red Cross and UNHCR shared their invaluable experiences and advice. The seminar was not only a wonderful opportunity to learn from practitioners but also meet like-minded students from countries ranging from Columbia to South Korea and everywhere in between! The seminar ended with a series of debates and a simulation on the case of Syria that offered the opportunity to interact more closely with fellow participants while preparing for group presentations. However, I must admit, one of the main highlights of the event was the daily networking while enjoying the finest French wine and gastronomy and the late evening swims in the pristine lake.”




On Wednesday 2 October, the IE School of International Relations was honored to host Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner as keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremony of the 2013/2014 Master in International Relations. Ms. Ferrero-Waldner served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Minister of her native Austria from 2000 to 2004 and then was European Commissioner for External Relations from 2004-2009 and then European Commissioner for Trade and Neighborhood Policy from 2009 to 2010. In her speech, Ms. Ferrero-Waldner shared some personal insights on her career in international politics. She recommended to students to follow their instincts, reach for their dreams and take their cue from chance encounters that could deeply influence their lives. Indeed, Ms. Ferrero-Waldner gave her own personal example. She initially thought she would become a doctor until one of her teachers told her she was a “born diplomat”. Ms. Ferrero-Waldner had no political connections but knew that she would have a career in diplomacy. With the support of her father and her teachers, she reached this objective. In addition to a career in politics, Ms. Ferrero-Waldner also was Head of Protocol to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali. In 2000, she was also President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Ms. Ferrero-Waldner today is President of the EU-LAC Foundation. The EU-LAC Foundation is active in all areas that form part of the bi-regional agenda between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation focuses especially on promoting the role of civil society in both regions and proposing policies for investment.



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