VIDEO: India’s Next Generation

Written on November 5, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Asia, International Development, News

Ahead of President Obama’s visit, a diverse group of young Indians share thoughts on relations between the two countries.

As published in www.nytimes.com


Thousands rally in Barcelona ahead of Pope’s Visit

Written on November 5, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Europe, News

Protests turn violent ahead of Pope’s visit to Spain

Thousands of activists have rallied in Barcelona ahead of this weekend’s planned visit by the Pope. Pro-gay groups, atheists and human rights campaigners all joined the rally aimed at showing opposition to the Vatican’s stance on issues such as abortion, homosexuality and resistance to the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDs.

Many also criticised how the event is being handled by authorities. The head of the Secular and Progressive Movement Jouffre Villanueva said: “We’re arguing that the Pope can come to Barcelona as often as he likes but we also believe that the authorities should be indifferent or neutral to this event. What’s upsetting is authorities protecting the services of this religion. This is what we denounce, because it violates the neutrality of our political institutions.” Read more…

As published in www.euronews.net


Take a look at what former MIR students are now doing, where are they living, and how are they contributing to the field of international relations.

MIR Class of 2010 joined by IE Faculty and Staff (July 2010)

Our alumni have gone to experience success in a multitude of careers and pursuits: senior consultants in FDI advisory, international sales executives, trainees at the United Nations, market research, public administration, journalism, education, etc.

Graduates from the Master in International Relations at IE School of Arts and Humanities have accomplished interesting and amazing things, of which we are very proud of. To gain an appreciation of what the Master in International Relations has to offer (field work in Brussels, outstanding faculty, seminars and guest lecturer, career counseling, etc.), we present just a few of our graduates who are making significant achievements in their professional field. Here are some of their stories.

Do you know of any other alumni we have not featured? Please contact us!


Diego de Aristegui (Class of 2009), Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Beirut, Lebanon)

Vicky Allard (Class of 2010), Associate Director for Business Development, IE University (Madrid, Spain)


Elizaveta Erokhina (Class of 2009), Global Management Trainee, AB InBev (Moscow, Russia)




Eduardo Dominguez Aguilar (Class of 2009), Project Manager, IE University (Madrid, Spain)




Max Lensvelt (Class of 2010), Graduate Programme – Market Intelligence, VESTAS (Aarhus, Denmark)





Mina Catherine Lakrafi (Class of 2010), International Sales Executive, AFA Press (Libya)





Leila Pinto Campillo (Class of 2010), Director of Business Development, Online Programs, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)




Cepee Tabibian (Class of 2010), Membership Coordinator, Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (Houston, USA)






Vanessa Ventresca Lopez (Class of 2010), Marketing Media Analyst, Accenture (Madrid, Spain)




We invite you to come back and visit us again soon,

as we will be posting more exciting news about

MIR alumni!


The World’s Most Powerful People According to Forbes

Written on November 4, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Asia, Foreign Policy, News, Political Economy

There are 6.8 billion people on the planet. Here are the 68 who matter.

Chinese President Hu Jintao made it to the top this year ahead of US President Barack Obama. According to Forbes, Hu Jintao is a “Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people, one-fifth of world’s population. Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor Internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts, and refuses to kowtow to U.S. pressure to change its exchange-rate regime. Heads world’s largest army (in size). His handpicked successor, Xi Jinping, set to assume the presidency in 2012.”

China has recently surpassed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world’s largest economy in 25 years–although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis. Creditor nation oversees world’s largest reserves at $2.65 trillion–$1.5 trillion of which is in U.S. dollar holdings. 

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As published in www.forbes.com


California Voters say ‘No’ to Prop 19

Written on November 3, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Culture & Society, News

California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the nation’s first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warning that legal chaos would ensue, and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high.

The legalization effort was losing by 9 percentage points with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting. Backers showed support for the measure by gathering outside the campaign’s headquarters to watch returns come in — some of them lighting up joints to mark the occasion.

Supporters of Proposition 19 blamed Tuesday’s outcome on the conservative leanings of older voters who participate in midterm elections. They also acknowledged that young voters had not turned out in sufficient numbers to secure victory, but said they were ready to try again in two years. Read more…

As published in www.npr.org 

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