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

7
Nov

Alan D. Solomont, former United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University and professor of Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at IE School of International Relations, is interviewed by Arantza de Areilza, Dean at IE School of International Relations.

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30
Oct

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In his engaging and timely presentation last week, Prof. Ansari discussed how ideology, nationalism and Iranian mythology were intricately intertwined. The Persian civilization is several millennia old and Iranians are immensely proud of their heritage. Indeed Iranian nationalism today is just as much about Islam as it is about Iranian mythology and early civilization. Prof. Ansari mentioned the important historical figure of King Cyrus, founder of the Achaemenid Empire in around 600 BC. Having originated from Persis, roughly corresponding to the modern Iranian province of Fars, Cyrus has played a crucial role in defining the national identity of modern Iran. King Cyrus, was obviously, not Muslim.

Prof. Ansari also mentioned the mythical figure of Kaveh, a blacksmith who led a popular uprising against a ruthless foreign ruler, Zahhāk. Kaveh is still today very much part of the Iranian identity, even though, again, he has nothing to do with Islam.

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What is interesting is to see how Iranians today try to reconcile their mythical, historical and Islamic identities into one Iranian identity. It is not always easy to do so, and often some stretches of imagination are required. But all three elements are fundamental aspects of who an Iranian is today.

Prof. Ansari answered questions from the public with humor and candor. When asked about the window of opportunity that is currently being opened as a result of the rapprochement between President Rouhani and President Obama, he answered that this represented an opportunity but that one should be realistic. His recommendation to negotiators on both sides was that “one should not invent a person you want to talk to. Talk to the person you have in front of you.” He seemed a bit sceptical about the “tectonic shifts” some observers claim are taking place in Iran and US relations Regarding the desire for nuclear power in Iran, Prof. Ansari asserted that unlike popular belief, Iranians were much more preoccupied about Pakistan having the bomb than Israel.

29
Oct

The ranking, published by the International New York Times, gauges the quality of the 150 best universities in the world and the employability of their students.

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IE University is the No. 1 University in Spain, No. 12 in Europe and No. 34 worldwide in the Global Employability Survey and University Ranking 2013 published on October 28th by the US daily International New York Times. The ranking gauges how attractive leading universities are for recruiters. Some five thousand HR directors and experts from 29 countries took part in the survey, which not only highlighted the importance recruiters attach to academic excellence, but also their insistence on the key role of a practical learning process, interpersonal skills, teamwork, a capacity to solve problems, and the ability to work under pressures.  

IE University has climbed 9 positions in the 2013 ranking to the No. 34 position worldwide. The universities of Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge head this international ranking, which has evaluated the top 150 universities on the planet. The top 40 universities include 17 in the US, 16 in Europe, 5 in Asia and 2 in Australia. 

“This result has further consolidated our university education model. The learning process takes place in an international environment and is geared to the market and to a close interrelation with the corporate world,” says Salvador Carmona, Rector of IE University. 

The ranking was drawn up by leading consulting firms Emerging (France) and Trendence (Germany), which analyzed the opinion of 5,000 HR directors and experts from 20 countries about the best universities in their countries, continent, and other world regions. Experts examined parameters that included the different higher education systems, their strong points, and areas where there is room for improvement. They evaluated the level of recent graduates and their capacity to apply theory to corporate realities, and also underscored how technology and initiatives like MOOCs and other digital platforms have revolutionized the future university education model.

25
Oct

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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.

Please kindly confirm attendance at International.Relations@ie.edu

21
Oct

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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!     

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