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By Stephanie Uribe – MIR 2013 Student

June 6, 2013

Stephanie Uribe

On Thursday June 6, 2013, I participated in an ieTalks! seminar on Fear Management. Ana García Villas-Boas, an Executive Coach, led the talk and she focused the discussion on what happens to an individual’s brain when he or she finds him or herself in a situation of fear, more specifically in the workplace. Ana emphasized throughout the seminar that it is important to recognize that we all respond distinctly, and that we must have an awareness of our innate reactions. She addressed that primarily the best thing to do when someone finds himself or herself with fear in the workplace is that he or she pause and take deep breaths for about 10 to 15 seconds. Pausing before responding allows for one’s emotional intelligence to react as opposed to the impulsive fight or flight limbic system rooted reaction. After her discussion she used two case examples to exemplify her points, and I happened to be one of them.

In my talk, I chose a particular moment of fear that occurred in an internship experience at a crisis center for adolescents. Speaking about the experience proved very helpful, because Ana was able to point out how I tend to react, and she advised me on what I could do better in the future. After my case, another IE student shared his experience as well.

The seminar ended with a Q&A from the audience, and from their feedback, it appeared to have proven a very helpful exercise for all who attended.

For more information about the speakers please click here

Lucas Papademos, Former Prime Minister of Greece and Vice-President of the European Central Bank, is interviewed by Dr. Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, on the role of the European Central Bank, the European banking union, and the future of Greece in the Eurozone.

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June 24, 2013


(Madrid, Spain) – Alan D. Solomont, US Ambassador to Spain, will join IE School of International Relations as an annual Visiting Professor of International Relations in the 2014-2015 academic year. Ambassador Solomont will teach in both the Master in International Relations and the Bachelor in International Relations programs.  

The announcement follows the designation in May earlier this year of Ambassador Solomont, social activist and entrepreneur, as Distinguished Visiting Professor by IE University. “It is a great honor, and one which evidences the way the US tradition of entrepreneurship influences the way the next generation of business leaders, many of whom will come from IE, see the world,” said Solomont in a statement.

Ambassador Solomont has served as a member, and then chairman, of the bipartisan Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), as well as on the boards of directors for several nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including the Boston Medical Center, Angel Healthcare Investors, Israel Policy Forum, the University of Lowell and the University of Massachusetts, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. In 2009 he was nominated to be the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, a position he will hold until later this summer.

Ambassador Solomont holds a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies from Tufts University and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1994 and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Suffolk University in 2012.

Ambassador Solomont has been recently appointed the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Ambassador Solomont is expected to assume the deanship on January 2, 2014.


Prof. Kevin Morrison on the “natural resource curse” and foreign aid.

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By Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Associate Professor of IE School of International Relations


Does a power like the US know what it is doing in a region as important and complex as the Middle East? The question may sound like a provocation, but from its answer stem enormous implications for the international system. This is not an issue raised only by critics or enemies of the US. Increasingly more allies, partners and friends alike, wonder if Washington has a clear strategy towards the Middle East, if it foresees the possible consequences of its actions or rather if, as some believe, it is gradually dissociating itself from the region as part of its announced strategic shift towards Asia and the Pacific.

The experience of successive US administrations in the Middle East during the last decade cannot be described as very successful. Large projects of regional transformation, risky military adventures, costly reconstruction programmes and questionable methods in fighting against fanaticism have not given the US the security, new alliances or sympathies of hearts and minds that had been promised. All too often, US policies have given rise to results contrary to those desired and whose long-term consequences go against American national interests.

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was presented as an investment to transform the country into a faithful US ally. The new Iraq was to be an example for the democratisation of other neighbouring countries as well as a base to act, if necessary, against the Iranian regime. The reality, a decade later, is nothing like the foreseen plan: Iraq is a fractured country, plagued by violence and whose government is in the hands of close allies of Iran.

The regional rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its hegemonic aspirations cannot be understood without the involuntary help of the US. On the one hand, in 2001 it put an end to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan (enemies of the Iranian ayatollahs), thus placing in power in Kabul groups allied to Tehran. On the other hand, in 2003 the George W. Bush Administration toppled Saddam Hussein, who had acted as a barrier against Iranian ambitions in the Arab neighbourhood. Unwittingly, neoconservatives in the US handed over the Bagdad government to Shia leaders over which Iran exerts great influence.

Syria has become a new source of bewilderment regarding the objectives and leadership capabilities of the US in the Middle East. What started in March 2011 as a pacifist uprising against the totalitarian regime of Bashar al-Assad has become a proxy war whose price is being paid by the Syrian population. In this war, the regime and its foreign supporters (Iran, Russia and Hizballah) fight against the rebels and their allies (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the US and Jordan, among others). Read more…

(Originally published in El Mundo on 10 June 2013)

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