Frank Peterse, Master in International Relations Alumnus

Frank Peterse, a graduate from the Master in International Relations has been recently appointed Senior Consultant at Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) in Amsterdam. You may find the Press Release announcing Frank’s new position here.

ICA is a spin-off from Ernst & Young and an independent supplier of FDI advisory, location selection, and optimization and supply chain optimization using its web based global location benchmarking tool: locationselector.com®. ICA advises multinational corporations in their strategic location decisions, as well as Investment Promotion Agencies in developing specific investment attraction strategies.

Likewise, business schools are increasingly using LocationSelector.com for their MBA programs to help students solve cases in economic development and corporate investment classes. MBA programs like those offered at St. Gallen, Erasmus Business School in Rotterdam, and Maastricht School of Management are have already implemented this tool. ICA also expects to introduce LocationSelector at IMD and INSEAD.


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.

We extend our warmest welcome to the Class of 2011 of the Master in International Relations! You have joined a vibrant, growing, hard-working, community of students. We are positive that your experience at IE in Madrid will be a challenging and highly rewarding one. We do encourage you to get involved and participate actively in all activities and events offered by the International Relations Club, and we hope that you will contribute to make our newly created blog a solid platform where to exchange ideas and voice your opinions. We hope that you will get the most out of your time at IE. Welcome to Spain!

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Women in Control

Written on October 5, 2010 by Administrador de IE Blogs in News

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Party: Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Assumed office: Nov. 22, 2005

  By Suzanne Merkelson, Andrew Swift

 While it’s true that more than 75 percent of parliaments worldwide are more than three-quarters male, in recent years some high-powered female heads of state have bucked the trend. If Dilma Rousseff is elected as Brazil’s first female president, she’ll be joining a small,  but elite, cohort.

 One of Europe’s longest-serving leaders and Germany’s first female chancellor, Angela Merkel has played a key role in the continent’s response to the global recession — and has seen her once-popular chancellorship almost torpedoed by it. Trapped between her German constituents and the demands of the EU during Europe’s worst crisis in decades, Merkel has been forced into unpopular decisions ranging from bailing out Greece to enacting Germany’s new austerity measures. The childless and twice-married Merkel has pushed the CDU in a more socially liberal direction than ever before, offering a modern twist on the tired old “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher paradigm for conservative European women.

Just two months after Kevin Rudd stepped aside and left Julia Gillard the head of Australia’s Labor Party and, thus, Australia’s first female prime minister, a tight August election laid her premiership out on the rocks, supported only by a tenuous coalition with the Greens. Her government now must deal with immigration issues and the aftereffects of a mismanaged and potentially corruption-fraught multibillion-dollar stimulus package, while facing challenges from her allies on the left on social issues such as same-sex marriage, which she does not support. Gillard, who has never married or had children (and was once called “deliberately barren” by an opposition member of Parliament), said she would be unable to do her job with a family. “There’s something in me that’s focused and single-minded,” she said. “And if I was going to [have a family], I’m not sure I could have [had a political career].”

 Continue reading in Foreign Policy 


IE International Affairs Club Changes its Name

Written on October 4, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in News

We are pleased to announce that the IE International Affairs Club is expanding its scope to include all IE alumni and, in order to reflect this change, the name of the club has been changed to IE International Relations Club. This change will create a great networking opportunity for existing students and alumni to establish contact and to expand their understanding of international relations issues through the club’s events. IE International Relations Club will operate as part of the IE Alumni Association. Nader Bayani will continue his role as President of the new club and Vanessa Ventresca will assume the role of Vice President – Alumni Affairs. 

Meet the Presidents! 


Nader Bayani, IMBA Student, President of the IR Club

Nader Bayani is a current student at the IE Business School IMBA Program (April 2010 intake). Before coming to IE Business School he worked in the high-tech life sciences instrumentation industry in Canada. Nader has travelled extensively and has always been interested in politics and international relations, an interest that made him run for the club presidency in June of 2010. He is the current president of the IE International Relations Club. 

Vanessa Ventresca, MIR Alumna, President of Alumni Afffairs of the IR Club

Vanessa Ventresca graduated from the International Relations Master at IE this past July. Before coming to IE she worked at Accenture in the Marketing Sciences Department for 2 years and her previous experience entails working at the World Trade Center as an International Research Assistant and at the United Nations Association of Greater St. Louis as Executive Director and YPIC Coordinator. The passion to help others, to be engaged in international affairs and to interact with others, made her create the International Relations Clubs at IE Business School where she was president from October 2009 to July 2010. 

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As published by the IE Alumni Association on September 27, 2010 at http://alumninews.blogs.ie.edu

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