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(In order from left to right: Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the Master in International Relations, Ana Palacio, Senior Vice President of International Affairs and Marketing at AREVA, Arantza de Areilza, Dean of the IE School of Arts and Humanities and Camila Uribe Deputy Director of Admissions)

Madrid, October 8, 2008. IE today presented its new Master in International Relations, run by the IE School of Arts and Humanities and focused on professionals set to map a career path in the field of international relations in both the business and institutional worlds.

The inauguration of the program included an address by Ana Palacio, former Spanish Minister Foreign Affairs, on ‘Energy: A Global Challenge’, together with contributions from Arantza de Areilza, Dean of the IE School of Arts and Humanities and Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the Master in International Relations.

The IE Master in International Relations is run onsite at IE’s Madrid campus, and includes a week of fieldwork in Brussels to equip students with a privileged insight into key EU institutions. It runs for 10 months, is taught 100% in English and is aimed at graduates from disciplines that include Political Sciences, Sociology, Law, Economics, Business Sciences, Communication, Languages and Literature. The program includes sessions on managing multinationals, international financial markets, negotiation in the EU, challenges in Latin American democracies, global terrorism, approaching contemporary China, and new players on the strategic map: China and India.

The program’s student body has a markedly international profile, with participants from Spain, Mexico, US, Russia, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Lebanon. The program faculty comprises professors like Riordan Roett, international analyst and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University (Washington, US); José María de Areilza, Director of the Jean Monnet Chair at IE and Dean of IE Law School; Fernando Reinares, expert in international terrorism and senior lecturer in political science at Rey Juan Carlos University; and José Ramón Montero, senior lecturer in political science at Madrid’s Autónoma University.

Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the Program, sees it as a natural progression of the process that has made IE Business School an international school with 35,000 alumni working in five continents. "A global institution like IE needs a program dedicated entirely to teaching and research in the field of international relations. That is the vocation of this new master program, which shares IE’s commitment to academic excellence and a student-centric learning process based on interactive experience."

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