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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


In this video IE University International Relations Prof. Mira Milosevic argues that people’s secret lives have exactly the same function as espionage in the field of international relations.

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Written by Meghan O´Farrell, IE Master in International Relations Student, 2014/2015 Intake 

His ‘andalú’ accent was lost a long time ago somewhere in the mix between Galicia, Boston, and Berkeley. But a southern Spanish accent wasn’t the only thing noticeably absent from my hour-long chat with IE Professor José Ramón Montero. While many with his CV and long list of accomplishments could very easily possess an air of narcissism, Professor Montero has none at all. He still admits that his nerves creep up before each class as he lectures to a group of new students, who grow increasingly smart and mature with each passing year according to him. But as one of Spain’s leading political scientists and with the credentials that he boasts, there’s no one more capable or deserving to be front and center in the classroom. We all owe it to ourselves, as part of the IE family and students of international relations, to get to know this man a little better. (Sneak peak: Professor Montero was current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s law professor at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela).

1. Jose Ramon Montero

His roots

Prof. Montero was born in Cádiz yet hails from conservative Castillian roots. Both his parents had careers in civil service and, like many during the mid-20th century, migrated from Madrid to Andalucía during a wave of economic development in Spain’s southern region. His mother worked in the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury Department) and his father was a marketing expert in car sales.

On his education

As a child growing up against the backdrop of the Franco regime, the option of pursuing social sciences was nonexistent during the heyday of the fascist dictator. Heeding the recommendation of his parents, he attended the Universidad de Granada. There he studied law, although a bit reluctantly he adds, and met his wife who also moved from Cádiz to Granada to pursue her studies in biology.

They later moved to Santiago de Compostela where Prof. Montero completed a PhD in law studying democratic regimes and the failure of the Second Spanish Republic. He started a professional, peaceful anti-Franco movement on the conservative Santiago campus only later to be wrongly accused of orchestrating a more violent, subversive student movement when many of his pupils adopted more extreme measures. Here he met his mentor, Juan Linz, and studied under his tutelage which profoundly influenced his political thought and professional trajectory. Read more…


Greek elections: A duel between reason and unreason inside Syriza

Written on January 23, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in Europe, Op Ed

Alexis TsiprasPlato, the Ancient Greek philosopher, thought human beings make correct choices when one part of the soul, rationality, prevails over another part, irrational desire. After Sunday’s parliamentary elections, the fate of modern Greece may likewise hang on a duel between reason and unreason inside Syriza, the radical leftwing party tipped to lead the next government. Will rationality prevail?

By Tony Barber (FT). Read more here.


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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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