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MEXICO CITY — On September 19, Mexico´s ground was shaken once again, as it had been in 1985. Thirty-two years after the September 19, 1985 earthquake, buildings were once again turned to ashes, blackouts began, streets were destroyed and bridges fell. Hundreds of lives were taken away and thousands were displaced or left homeless, but citizens acted in unison to rebuilt their homeland. “The Mexico that I saw this week is not a Mexico that crosses arms, is not a country asleep, it is not an indifferent society,” said Elsy Reyes, a student in Puebla, where the earthquake’s magnitude hit 7.1.

Minutes after the ground stopped shaking, civilians began using social media to organize help for victims of the earthquake in Mexico. Women and men of all ages and social status volunteered to move rubble. Doctors, veterinarians and nurses worked day and night for free; and hospital and clinics gave free services.

“From the girl who, without knowing me, took me to her house at midnight to go to a clean bathroom, to those who put themselves at risk several times to save a life — they made me realize that together we make a huge difference. I am very proud of my country,” Reyes said. Read more

By Isa Barquin on November 1, 2017
IE Bachelor in International Relations 2nd Year Student
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The MIR Family on Exchange in Paris

Written on October 12, 2016 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR), News

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Pursuing a Master in International Relations at IE in Madrid is more than getting exposed to a great variety of courses, acquiring hard and soft skills, and spending endless hours working as teams. The MIR opens so many more doors. It is all about #goingbeyond. Upon completion of 10 compulsory months in Madrid, you can add an exchange semester in Paris.


Always dreamt about living in the capital of France?

This is an opportunity that you should not miss. This year, Daniel Morales, Kiyeon Kim and myself were lucky enough to get accepted at Sciences Po Paris, and we are honoured to represent IE and the MIR. Parisian life is filled with lots of culture and museums, strolls through the beautiful French streets or along the Seine, red wine and good cheese.


Wondering what Sciences Po is all about?

Studying at a top university like Sciences Po enables people from the MIR family to specialise even more. While one of us is pursuing the IR branch, the other two of us are pursuing the Economic and Business branch, taking classes in digital business strategies, finance projects, accounting, doing business in emerging markets and more. These additional classes help us further enhance our skillset to ultimately transition into an international job-market.


What is the added value of Sciences Po?

Besides specializing an extra semester in the direction of your choice, Paris is a global networking hub. Seminars, corporate breakfasts and company presentations happen every week around campus. And, on Friday 30 September, Sciences Po students gathered at Maison de la Chimie in the heart of Paris for a Business Career Fair. Over 85 companies were present, covering diverse sectors like banking, consulting, luxury and retail. It was an opportunity for us to ask questions and make contacts, ultimately giving our CV and applying for internships or jobs.


Written by: Sophie Bik

MIR Students in Paris: Daniel Morales, Kiyeon Kim, and Sophie Bik



MIR Class of 2016/2017

Written on October 10, 2016 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR), News

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On October 4th, the IE School of International Relations welcomed its 9th intake of the Master in International Relations. 18 nationalities were represented in a very diverse new class.

British Ambassador Simon Manley was the keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremony and his apt words on a Global Britain for a Global Century resonated well with the new intake.





On Monday 16 May, Prof. Daniel Kselman, Academic Director at the IE School of International Relations, was interviewed on La Aventura del Saber, a daily informative program on the  Spanish public network, RTVE. In the interview, Prof. Kselman explains the basic concepts of game theory and its applications both in daily life and in larger geopolitical contexts.






A Happy New Year for Europe?

Written on December 31, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in News

As the European Union prepares to enter the new year, it faces an almost perfect storm of political challenges. The strategy it has used in the past – barely muddling through a series of calamities – may no longer be enough.
Of course, the EU is no stranger to crisis management. The euro crisis, for example, was widely expected to destroy it; but, after a couple of years of tough summits, the issue was more or less handled. Greece remains in poor shape, but it has retained its EU and eurozone membership. And the EU now has stronger mechanisms for economic-policy coordination.
But the situation today is far more demanding than anything the EU has seen so far – not least because of the sheer number of serious challenges that Europe faces. Far from the “ring of friends” that EU leaders once envisioned, the European neighborhood has turned into a “ring of fire,” fueled largely by the combination of Islamist terrorism and Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. The idea that the EU, with its open societies and firm rule of law, would inspire those values in surrounding countries has been turned on its head, with the disorder of Europe’s near abroad projecting tensions and instability into the Union.
One of those challenges is the surging refugee crisis, fueled by conflict in the Middle East, especially Syria. To be sure, only a tiny fraction of those who have been displaced are currently seeking to enter the EU, and the million refugees expected to arrive this year represent only about 0.2% of the EU’s population. But when so many arrive in so short a time in just a few countries, the EU’s capacity to manage the influx has been overwhelmed, and controls at some borders within the Schengen Area have been restored.
In 2016, EU countries can be expected to get a handle on the immediate challenge, agreeing to key steps to control borders and share the burden of migration more equitably. But the longer-term challenges – integrating the refugees into European society and countering the rise of xenophobic political parties – will be far more difficult.
Even without the refugee crisis and its aftershocks, the EU would be facing a demanding agenda. Progress on both the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and a single digital market are central to the EU global competitiveness, as are efforts to implement the planned capital-markets union. As if that were not enough, a new “global foreign and security strategy,” to replace the one that was developed during the more optimistic days of 2003, must be in place by June.
To fulfill this demanding agenda, the EU must be at its best, cooperating effectively on multiple fronts simultaneously. That will be extremely difficult at a time when the United Kingdom is flirting with withdrawal. Although it seems increasingly likely that British Prime Minister David Cameron will strike a deal with his European counterparts by February, the chances that British voters will endorse the deal in the subsequent referendum, which Cameron has promised to hold in 2017, are probably no higher than 50/50.


Carl Bildt was Sweden’s foreign minister from 2006 to October 2014 and Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994, when he negotiated Sweden’s EU accession.

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