Archive for the ‘Regions’ Category


Interview with MIR Professor José Ramón Montero

Written on November 2, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Democracy & Human Rights, Middle East, Video


The IE School of Arts and Humanities talked to Professor José Ramón Montero about democracy, elections, and voting behavior in Iran.


Argentine Government Pays Tribute to Former President Kirchner

Written on October 29, 2010 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Americas, Democracy & Human Rights, News


by Riordan Roett (Professor at IE school of Arts and Humanities)

Latin America is deeply divided in terms of development models.  Countries that experienced social and economic crises in the last twenty years have chosen to ignore globalization and opt for inward looking and, ultimately, costly approaches to development.  That collection of “misguided” regime on the Left include Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina, among others.  The countries that have chosen to undertake a careful, sequenced approach to economic – and social – development are benefitting from a decade or so of good governance.  These countries are best exemplified by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay.

The states on the misguided Left first experienced a brief period of programs that attempted to address the growing challenges of productivity and competitiveness.  The governments that attempted to implement these programs ultimately failed and were forced from power or were defeated at the ballot box.  The future for this group of countries is unpromising.  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is low or practically nonexistent.  These have done little to add value to their traditional exports.  Human capital development has suffered.  And the political leaders of these countries practice a bombastic populist style of government that chooses to ignore the realities of globalization…

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Transatlantic Cooperation and How to Engage the Muslim World

Written on October 8, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Middle East

by Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Associate Professor at IE School of Arts and Humanities

Haizam Amirah-Fernandez, Associate Professor at IE School of Arts & Humanities

Since the beginning of the current decade, international relations and domestic politics in North America and Europe have been marked by a growing threat perception linked to the radicalization of Muslim individuals and groups worldwide. Although 9/11 was a turning point, the “clash of perceptions” had been building up for decades between people belonging to Western and Muslim cultures, but also among those of the same cultural background.
Radicalization processes are inevitably related to the political and economic situation in the Middle East. This makes them, to a large extent, reversible. Factors such as the persistent climate of conflict, the absence of prospects for a lasting peace, the accumulated frustration and rage caused by unmet expectations of the population, the continuation of authoritarian rule, and the foreign policies of Western powers are used by radical ideologues to feed a solid narrative of exclusion and confrontation. The little interest shown by authoritarian regimes—including Arab “moderates”—in promoting critical thinking and the respect for diversity has solidified the radical narrative by which the West is responsible for all that is wrong with the region.
For many years, the Middle East has been suffering a constant deterioration in regional security and stability, as well as in the domestic conditions in different countries. The effects of such climate are felt beyond the region. Events in the Middle East are connected to the radicalization of Muslim individuals and groups in other parts of the world, including Western countries. Projections do not give many reasons for optimism. Demographic pressures, unemployment and underemployment, authoritarian rule, ethno-sectarian power struggles, absence of peace, and radicalization processes will continue to shape the region for the predictable future…
You may read the complete article at: Transatlantic Cooperation and How to Engage the Muslim World.
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