31
Oct

By Javier Solana

On November 6, either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will emerge victorious after an exhausting electoral race, setting the wheels in motion for the coming four years. An ocean away, on November 8, more than 2,000 members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will gather in Beijing. Approximately a week later, the members of the Politburo Standing Committee will walk out in hierarchical order, preparing to take charge of a growing country of 1.3 billion people.

The leaders of the world’s two largest economies are changing. So is the world itself. The Middle East, in particular, is experiencing a moment of intense transformation. While reconstruction – both literal and figurative – is commencing in some parts of the region, countries like Syria are aflame. Others, such as Iran, with its moribund revolution, have never ceased rumbling. Amidst a crumbling economy, the country remains belligerent, using its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to launch at least one successful drone flight above Israeland reportedly initiating recent cyber attacks.

As a result, relations among regional actors remain tense. After his speech at the United Nations appealing for a “red line” on the Iranian nuclear program in the spring or summer of 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called an early general election, which could potentially give him a strong mandate for action against Iran. Egypt, meanwhile, is finding its own equilibrium, both domestically, drafting a new constitution, and in terms of foreign policy.

Then there is Turkey, straddling Europe and the Middle East. An emerging economy poised to become a regional power, it has exchanged fire with its neighbor to the south, Syria, and has called on its NATO allies to bolster its security.

This is part of the changing panorama that new world leaders will inherit in the Middle East – a region in which the United States has been deeply involved. After nearly a decade of draining military engagement, the US combat mission in Iraq concluded in 2010, and the combat mission in Afghanistan is set to end in 2014. Read more…

Javier Solana was Foreign Minister of Spain, Secretary-General of NATO, and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy. He is currently President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

As published in www.project-syndicate.org on October 29, 2012.

30
Oct

This storm could upend American politics — if we’re lucky.

By David Rothkopf

One reason U.S. politics is almost as popular as NASCAR among American sports is that it gives the little guy someone to root for. Of course, that’s almost never the candidates of the major parties, most of whom are odious concoctions of their own egos and the corrupting forces of money and ideology. But dependably, in campaign after campaign, a character sneaks on to the stage who captivates and highlights issues that otherwise would go unnoticed or under-examined.

Whether this candidate is a big-name iconoclast like New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg or a provocative outsider like Ron Paul — who, although wrong on plenty of issues, was dependably willing to challenge conventional wisdom — these folks liven up the debate. This year it took until the very end of the campaign to introduce 2012′s biggest truth-teller. Like Beyoncé and Cher, she is known by only one name. But few if any players in the current campaign are likely to have the same impact.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Sandy.

Sandy, like many in an America with changing demographics, has overseas roots, hailing from the tropics. She rose to our attention in the south but ultimately, like so many others, she hit the big time in the northeast, and her political impact will extend well into the heartland of America, where this election will be decided. Like Joe Biden and Chris Christie, Sandy is an uncontrollable, wind-powered force of nature. Like many politicians, the first impression she may give the average voter is that she is all wet. But there is more to Sandy than meets her eye.

Sandy is a game-changer. For those of you who live far from the eastern shores of the United States, it is also worth noting that she is also a hurricane, a big one, currently cutting an 800-mile swath across one of the most heavily populated areas of the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. And in so doing, she is speaking volumes about subjects many U.S. politicians have avoided and, at the same time, she is having a major impact on America’s process of electing a president. Read more…

David Rothkopf is the CEO and Editor-at-Large of Foreign Policy, and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in transformational trends especially those associated with energy choice and climate change, emerging markets and global risk.

As published in www.foreignpolicy.com on October 29, 2012.

29
Oct

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26
Oct

IE University holds the No. 43 position in the IHT report on universities where employers intend to recruit in the future.

IE University holds the No. 43 position worldwide in the International Herald Tribune ranking of the main universities that employers intend to recruit from in the future, and which have the best graduates. The ranking is based on the opinion of 2,200 CEOs and top-tier executives from 1,000 companies in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the US and the UK, about the best 150 universities in terms of employability. US universities Harvard and Yale lead the ranking, followed by Cambridge and Oxford in the UK. There are 2 Spanish universities in the top 50, Navarra University (34) and IE University (43), which further consolidates IE University’s position in this second edition of the international ranking. Nineteen of the top 50 universities are in the US, 19 in Europe, 9 in Asia and 3 in Australia.

International Herald Tribune drafted the report in collaboration with consultancy firms Emerging (France) and Trendence (Germany), with a view to analyzing the opinions of top international executives about the quality of universities in their respective countries and continents, as well as other world regions. Some of the main findings are that recruiters hire graduates in universities which are in close contact with the corporate world and whose students gain professional experience during their studies, and companies attach greater importance to the development of social skills such as the capacity to do presentations, motivation and teamwork, than to theoretical knowledge. 

 “At a time when the employability of future graduates is more important than ever it is very satisfying to see that recruiters worldwide have once again shown that they have a high level of confidence in our students,” said Salvador Carmona, Rector of IE University.

 In order to examine issues like the challenges universities face in terms of demand in a globalized world,  the strength of emerging markets like Asia or the Arab world, and innovation in teaching methods, IE University organized the conference on  Reinventing Higher Education which took place this week. Participants included experts from international institutions like Oxford University, Brown University, the World Economic Forum, Wikipedia, Alexandria Trust and the British Council.

25
Oct

IE School of Arts and Humanities cordially invites you to attend a roundatable discussion on the topic of the 2012 United States Presidential Election.

The US presidential election is by far one of the world’s most important political events and only occurs once every four years. The discussion will cover current issues in the presidential campaigns, the directions in which the candidates are developing their strategic communication platforms, and the multiple perspectives of the American public as well as of our expert panel. The round table panel will be: IE Professors José Ramón Montero, Daniel Kselman, and Andrew Richards (Center for the Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Juan March Foundation)

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 17:30 – 19:00 In room M-001, at IE’s campus in Madrid (C/ María de Molina, 27)

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance ArtsHumanities@ie.edu

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