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

19
Dec

We are pleased to re-introduce the  IE International Relations Club as spearheaded by students from the current intake of the Master in International Relations. This student club aims to promote open dialogue on relevant issues in international politics, economics and international relations. The club’s first event this year is a fundraising initiative to assist victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. All proceeds of the bake sale taking place at IE this afternoon will go toward humanitarian aid in the afflicted area. We encourage the IE community at large to stop by Maria de Molina 31 between 3h30 and 7.

Alumni Agenda

A cookie for the Philippines

Dec 19, 2013

Get 2 for 1: help the Philippines & try a delicious cookie!

Join us in the Launch pad (Maria Molina 31) from 3:30PM to 7PM for delicious cookies! 2.50 € per serving. All the funds raised with the sales will be sent to the Philippines to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF)! Looking forward to seeing you at the Launch Pad next Thursday!

Venue SPAIN, Madrid

Date & Time Dec 19, 2013 / 15:30 Horas

 

26
Nov

U.S. Navy Admiral James George Stavridis

“21st CENTURY SECURITY”

Thursday 12 December

18h30, Serrano 105

Admiral Stavridis served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO‘s 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Stavridis is the first Navy officer to have held these positions. Admiral Stavridis assumed duties as commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in early summer 2009.

Stavridis is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of South Florida.

Stavridis earned a PhD and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in International Relations in 1984, where he won the Gullion Prize as outstanding student. He is also a distinguished graduate of both the National and Naval War Colleges.

He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author or co-author of several books on naval ship handling and leadership, including Command at Sea, Destroyer Captain, and Partnership for the Americas about Latin America.

In May 2013, ADM Stavridis was named as the 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Please kindly RSVP at Aitziber.Onaindia@ie.edu as spaces are limited.

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19
Nov

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In an interesting seminar, Tomas Abadía, CEO of IADIC International , shared with the MIR class his assessment of current EU-US  transatlantic relations. He touched upon the key issues that define the relations between the two largest economies in the world today: political, economic, and security. Indeed the US and the EU share a common commitment to democracy, peace, prosperity, and stability post World War II. In addition, they represent the world’s largest trading bloc with trade worth more than $2 bn a day. Together they represent 80% of funding for development assistance worldwide and 70% of funding for the UN peacekeeping forces.  However, the recent NSA surveillance scandal has brought tension between key allies.  According to Mr. Abadia, this scandal should not undermine an otherwise solid relationship. Indeed, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that is currently being negotiated should not be jeopardized by current tensions. This agreement if signed could represent combined gains for Europe and the US of more than 300bn euros a year. For Mr. Abadia, the EU-US strategic partnership is more relevant than ever and the two blocs should strengthen their shared values and interests in the world.

Students had many questions for Mr. Abadia, including questions on the reform on the UN Security Council, IMF, World Bank and other international institutions; on growing anti-Americanism in the world, and on the new balance of power in strategic regions such as Asia Pacific. Mr. Abadia agreed that the UN, IMF and World Bank should be reformed, democratized and made more transparent to reflect the new international order. He deplored increasing anti-Amercanism in the world and suggested that the US and EU further join efforts in foreign policy initiatives, especially in the Asia Pacific, home to half of the world’s inhabitants.

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.

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