A Greek deal cannot fix the flaws in the euro – Gideon Rachman (FT)

Written on February 23, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in Europe

Gideon Rachman – Financial Times

euWatching the Greek crisis unfold, I found myself torn between two equal and opposite thoughts. First, the euro cannot survive. Second, everything must be done to save the euro.

The agreement reached between Greece and its eurozone creditors is therefore a good thing because it has put off the immediate threat of a political and economic crisis. But experience suggests that a debt deal with Greece may be only marginally more durable than a ceasefire in Ukraine. In both cases, there are underlying tensions and problems that cannot be solved by a cleverly drafted document.

There has rarely been a period when it is more urgent for Europeans to work together. Read more.


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IE School of International Relations is pleased to invite you to the conference:

“The New Regional Role of Iran in Taming Violence in the Middle East”

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo,

Associate Professor of Political Science and a Noor-York Visiting Chair in Islamic Studies at York University and an advisory board member of PEN, Canada

With Comments by

Amb. Roberto Toscano, Former Ambassador of Italy to Iran


 The event will take place on Monday, 2 March 2015 at 12:00 – 13:30 in Room MM-401 (C/ María de Molina 31)


Please kindly confirm attendance to International.Relations@ie.edu

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On March 6th IE will host Ms. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, for a discussion with our students and faculty on the much debated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the trade agenda and priorities of Europe.

Since assuming office in November 2014 as the new Commissioner for Trade under the Juncker Commission Ms. Malmström has been leading the negotiations of the TTIP with the objective of reaching a balanced and reasonable agreement with the U.S. that respects Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards, and Europe’s cultural diversity.

Previously, Ms. Malmström served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs (2010-2014) and as Minister for EU Affairs in the Swedish Government (2006-2010). She was Vice-President of Folkpartiet (Swedish Liberal Party) from 2007 to 2010, Member of Folkpartiet Party Executive (2001-2010), and Member of the European Parliament (1999-2006).

For more information on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) please visit this LINK.


The event will take place from 1.00pm to 2:30pm (Room S-105, Calle Serrano 105). Please, register here: https://clubs.ie.edu/iecampuslife/rsvp?id=200001878


On Monday 19 January IE University hosted a delegation of 170 students from Sciences Po for the Opening Ceremony of their Winter School in Spain. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Cyrille Rogeau, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of France to Spain, Dr. Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, and Mr. Tilman Turpin, Director of the Euro-latino-american Campus of Sciences Po.

Professor Daniel Kselman delivered the keynote conference on the challenges of democracy in the 21st Century. After the conference the students visited IEU Campus in Madrid and joined the IEU International Relations students in our Segovia campus to attend several workshops on social entrepreneurship, armed conflicts and international intervention, the European economic crisis, environmental politics, the Arab Awakening, and the future of political Islam.

In this video, Tilman Turpin, Kevin Parthenay, Academic Coordinator of the Euro-latino-american Campus of Sciences Po and Andrea Ortega, Sciences Po student, share their views and experience during the Opening Ceremony and explain the objectives of the Winter School.

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MIR Exchange Student: Lea Buhler

Written on February 4, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR)

Lea Buhler

Written by Tim Palmer, IE Associate Director of Admissions.  

As part of the Master in International Relations (MIR) program, the IE School of International Relations offers optional academic exchanges to graduate master students. As part of these exchange agreements, MIR students have the possibility of completing an optional three month academic exchange with one of our partner universities while the IE School of International Relations also received exchange students from these institutions. Currently the IE School of International Relations has three distinct exchange agreements with prominent Universities devoted to International Relations across Europe and the United States.

This year the Master in International Relations class welcomed two new students as part of our exchange agreements. Here Lea Buhler, 2014-2015 MIR exchange student from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, talks to us about her experience during her semester-long exchange at the IE School of International Relations.

Background & personal information.

My name is Lea and I’m Swiss from the German part of Switzerland. I am currently in my final term here at IE with the Master in International Relations as part of the exchange program, although my home university is St. Gallen in Switzerland where I am also focusing on international relations studies.

How did you learn about IE and the MIR exchange program?

I found out about the MIR exchange program through my university since they have a partnership with IE. The exchange program fits very well with my current curriculum as well as my personal and professional interests, so I decided to apply. In addition I have spent time in Latin America and have also studied Spanish, so I wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to be in Spain and improve my Spanish.

Why did you choose the IE School of International Relations over any other possible destination?

I was very open when choosing my exchange program. During my research I got to know IE and it seemed like a good fit. Looking at the videos and program materials for the Master in International Relations, the program aspects really appealed to me and my interests.

I also very much liked the program structure, and the prospect of being able to fit in seamlessly with the current class. I noticed at other schools that the exchange students sometimes seemed to congregate together and perhaps not integrate in with the entire class. On the contrary, this definitely was not the case with the MIR students as the whole class truly interconnects and gets to know each other throughout the term, which is a really unique opportunity that made me feel quite special.

What have you found are some of the more rewarding aspects of the program?

The professors were great. I really appreciated the personal feedback where papers and other assignments were usually graded with individual, hand-written remarks from the professors. The personal coaching and teaching style definitely allowed a lot of room for self-improvement and development over the course of my term. I found this very useful in going through the exchange and developing my IR acumen.

What were some of your favorite classes?

I enjoyed the History and Comparative Politics classes. Even having studied international relations for my Bachelors, I didn´t find that any of the courses were repetitive. Studying them here at IE on a more enhanced level created a positive challenge for me. The History of International Relations course with David Moshfegh was very interesting and personally having interest in diplomacy and a possible diplomatic career here in Europe, studying this was not only valuable but necessary.

How did the MIR exchange prepare you for a career in International Relations? 

The immediate short term effect has definitely been all the knowledge that I have gained, although I think the real value will be in the long term as I’ve learned a very integrated perspective on international relations and I believe this will translate into a successful career in international relations.

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