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



On March 6th IE will host Ms. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, for a discussion with our students and faculty on the much debated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the trade agenda and priorities of Europe.

Since assuming office in November 2014 as the new Commissioner for Trade under the Juncker Commission Ms. Malmström has been leading the negotiations of the TTIP with the objective of reaching a balanced and reasonable agreement with the U.S. that respects Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards, and Europe’s cultural diversity.

Previously, Ms. Malmström served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs (2010-2014) and as Minister for EU Affairs in the Swedish Government (2006-2010). She was Vice-President of Folkpartiet (Swedish Liberal Party) from 2007 to 2010, Member of Folkpartiet Party Executive (2001-2010), and Member of the European Parliament (1999-2006).

For more information on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) please visit this LINK.


The event will take place from 1.00pm to 2:30pm (Room S-105, Calle Serrano 105). Please, register here:


On Monday 19 January IE University hosted a delegation of 170 students from Sciences Po for the Opening Ceremony of their Winter School in Spain. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Cyrille Rogeau, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of France to Spain, Dr. Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, and Mr. Tilman Turpin, Director of the Euro-latino-american Campus of Sciences Po.

Professor Daniel Kselman delivered the keynote conference on the challenges of democracy in the 21st Century. After the conference the students visited IEU Campus in Madrid and joined the IEU International Relations students in our Segovia campus to attend several workshops on social entrepreneurship, armed conflicts and international intervention, the European economic crisis, environmental politics, the Arab Awakening, and the future of political Islam.

In this video, Tilman Turpin, Kevin Parthenay, Academic Coordinator of the Euro-latino-american Campus of Sciences Po and Andrea Ortega, Sciences Po student, share their views and experience during the Opening Ceremony and explain the objectives of the Winter School.

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MIR Exchange Student: Lea Buhler

Written on February 4, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR)

Lea Buhler

Written by Tim Palmer, IE Associate Director of Admissions.  

As part of the Master in International Relations (MIR) program, the IE School of International Relations offers optional academic exchanges to graduate master students. As part of these exchange agreements, MIR students have the possibility of completing an optional three month academic exchange with one of our partner universities while the IE School of International Relations also received exchange students from these institutions. Currently the IE School of International Relations has three distinct exchange agreements with prominent Universities devoted to International Relations across Europe and the United States.

This year the Master in International Relations class welcomed two new students as part of our exchange agreements. Here Lea Buhler, 2014-2015 MIR exchange student from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, talks to us about her experience during her semester-long exchange at the IE School of International Relations.

Background & personal information.

My name is Lea and I’m Swiss from the German part of Switzerland. I am currently in my final term here at IE with the Master in International Relations as part of the exchange program, although my home university is St. Gallen in Switzerland where I am also focusing on international relations studies.

How did you learn about IE and the MIR exchange program?

I found out about the MIR exchange program through my university since they have a partnership with IE. The exchange program fits very well with my current curriculum as well as my personal and professional interests, so I decided to apply. In addition I have spent time in Latin America and have also studied Spanish, so I wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to be in Spain and improve my Spanish.

Why did you choose the IE School of International Relations over any other possible destination?

I was very open when choosing my exchange program. During my research I got to know IE and it seemed like a good fit. Looking at the videos and program materials for the Master in International Relations, the program aspects really appealed to me and my interests.

I also very much liked the program structure, and the prospect of being able to fit in seamlessly with the current class. I noticed at other schools that the exchange students sometimes seemed to congregate together and perhaps not integrate in with the entire class. On the contrary, this definitely was not the case with the MIR students as the whole class truly interconnects and gets to know each other throughout the term, which is a really unique opportunity that made me feel quite special.

What have you found are some of the more rewarding aspects of the program?

The professors were great. I really appreciated the personal feedback where papers and other assignments were usually graded with individual, hand-written remarks from the professors. The personal coaching and teaching style definitely allowed a lot of room for self-improvement and development over the course of my term. I found this very useful in going through the exchange and developing my IR acumen.

What were some of your favorite classes?

I enjoyed the History and Comparative Politics classes. Even having studied international relations for my Bachelors, I didn´t find that any of the courses were repetitive. Studying them here at IE on a more enhanced level created a positive challenge for me. The History of International Relations course with David Moshfegh was very interesting and personally having interest in diplomacy and a possible diplomatic career here in Europe, studying this was not only valuable but necessary.

How did the MIR exchange prepare you for a career in International Relations? 

The immediate short term effect has definitely been all the knowledge that I have gained, although I think the real value will be in the long term as I’ve learned a very integrated perspective on international relations and I believe this will translate into a successful career in international relations.

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Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, interviews Danilo Türk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia, on the changing security landscape of Europe


Written by Marine Andraud, IE Master in International Relations Student, 2014/2015 Intake

UNWTO Secretary General, Dr.Taleb Rifai

IE’s International Relations Club started off 2015 on a revolutionary note; a travel revolution, that is. We had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, who shared his perspective on the matter. In attendance were some of Dr. Rifai’s esteemed guests: the Malta Delegation with Tourism Minister, Dr. Edward Lewis, the Ambassador of Malta to Spain, Dr. Mark Micallef, and, of course, students, alumni, faculty… all travelers, I’m sure.

Just as the 20th century came to be known as the Industrial Revolution, the 21st will be synonymous with travel; not just of information but also of people. These were the words with which the UNWTO Secretary General began his hopeful story. In 1950, tourism was an elite club whose members included the world’s wealthiest 25 million people. Fast-forward a mere 70 years and you now have 1 billion tourists wandering every corner of the world… now that is a revolution. And if anyone accuses me of hyperbole, just think of the ways that tourism has been transformed as a development tool. It generates vast economic wealth and accounts for 9% of the world’s GDP. It allows countries to rediscover themselves in an effort to showcase their culture to global visitors. But most importantly, it brings together people of all walks of life fostering respect, knowledge, and human well-being.

Of course, with great opportunities come great challenges. An informal sector is developing that not only lacks regulation but protection, as well. In the coming years, a solution will be needed in order to establish a fair playing field between the businesses who play by the rules and the individuals currently untouched by them. Furthermore, it must also be understood that a visitor cannot enjoy a country if it is not enjoyed first by its own people, that if there is not enough food to feed the population how can there be enough for a tourist. Lastly the difficulty of promoting sustainable tourism must be considered, how does one open up the world’s door in such a way that future generations will be able to look through and enjoy the same beauty.

We are starting to experience the fruits of the travel revolution today; but it is our duty, aided by agencies like the UNWTO, to nurture the benefits of tourism so that it can help create a better and more mobile world for tomorrow.

That was the message of hope shared by Dr. Taleb Rifai.

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