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img_9270On Thursday November 24th the IE Humanities Center hosted the second conference of the Cycle India: Present and Future, focusing this time on the subject of politics, under the title “Politics: the Largest Democracy”. This event was dedicated to the complex Indian political reality and the discussion panel included IE University’s IR Professor Babita Bhatt, Universidad Complutense’s Professor and expert on India Eva Borreguero and IE’s IR Academic Director Daniel Kselman, who acted as moderator.

Professor Kselman introduced the conversation speaking about the incredible diversity of India, a country with more than a billion people and 22 official languages and remembering how this “diversity in democracy” was thought impossible to survive at the time of its independence as, for example, Britain thought it was rather a civilization than a nation. However, as professor Kselman said “the diversity glues the country as they need one another” specially after configuring a multi party system, despite the different interests of state-level democracies, as well as national and regional parties, which has contributed to a progressive institutionalization of democracy.

img_9272Professor Bhatt started the discussion on the first thematic block of the event focused on domestic policies of India, centered on the two parties that have ruled India since the independence, namely, the Indian National Congress (I.N.C.) and Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P). After explaining the common view of each of them (I.N.C. is considered a dynastic party of the Nehru-Gandhi family and B.J.P. a pro Hinduist nationalist party), it was inevitable to talk about current Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi. Professor Bhatt gave an exhaustive description of the controversial figure, often compared to Trump or Putin and of his intention to project an image of a C.E.O rather than a politician, of an honest man who is an example of social promotion (he comes from a humble background), dedicated to his country (a single man whose only concern is the welfare of the Indians) with a successful record (as governor of Gujarat he got its economy increased by double figures during his term in office). The panel then analysed his two years in office and the recent issue of the demonetization and how could it affect the average citizen as well as politics in terms of party funding.

The second block was dedicated to India’s foreign affairs and its capacity to equate its economic position with its international influence. Professor Borreguero was quite clear India in expressing that “India has too many internal problems to become a global player and too many img_9234differences with his neighbours” referring to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The moderator ask both speakers on the lasting Pakistani-Indian Conflict on Kashmir. Both experts agreed that the more likely scenario was interspersed periods of tension and calm between the two nuclear powers, since an external enemy is always useful in domestic policy, and that an open conflict or a long lasting peace was quite a remote scenario.

As a conclusion, Prof. Borreguero insisted on the “elastic” capacity of the Indian democracy to face present and future challenges and Prof. Bhatt pointed out that maybe the biggest threat was the growing Indian middle-class who does not necessarily perceive democracy as a form of government leading to economic growth.

The moderator invited the audience to give their insights in all of these issues and the discussion was enriched by the comments of IE’s students.



Written on November 24, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University, International Relations

unnamed-6By Carlota Marcoartu Jauregui (BIR 2018)

Last week members of the IE Model United Nations Club, had the opportunity to participate in the Universidad Complutense Model United Nations 2016. All of our participants in this MUN did a great job, representing IE University and walking away from the conference feeling their achievements after the challenge it had posed to themselves.

Our delegates have had the opportunity to take part in this competition as representatives of states in committees such as Joint Crisis (UK representatives), European Commission, Euro Group, Security Council, Peacekeeping Operations Committee and UN Women. IE team was comprised of Renata Villafuerte Co-Chair of ONU MUJERES committee, Carlota Marcoartu Chair of Peacekeeping Operations unnamed-5 Committee and thirteen students who participated as delegates. For the majority of IE students this MUN has been their first of many more yet to come. In spite of this, four IE students walked away on Friday 18 with more than just the participation diploma, the award to Best Delegate from the Euro Commission went to Elizabeth Prieto and three mentions were given to Elena Balrod who competed in the Euro Group, Xénia Elena Greenhalgh and Layan Al-sayeh, delegates in the European Commission. Thus all the IE students who participated must be congratulated, for their hard work and dedication.

As students, their participation in this Model United Nations allowed them to share their past MUN, debate experiences as well as acquire knowledge and skills that will help them in their future careers. This conference has enhanced their abilities while experiencing diplomacy. Furthermore it has been a chance to promote a better understanding of what the United Nations is today and a way to gain further experience in this field, to broaden horizons while enhancing a career profile. Being an opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge they have now the pleasure to know.


IE Global Village 2016

Written on June 2, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE Business School, International Relations

image_200035111_globalvillageposter3_523202145_523202145Welcome to the biggest cultural extravaganza at IE Business School. With over 90 nationalities present at campus IE is a melting pot of the world, IE Net Impact Club and IE Campus life welcome you to celebrate this diversity on 9th June from 4PM-8PM at IE Global Village 2016. After party to follow at Hoyo19!! 

Tickets cost- €21 only for entry to Global Village 2016 (includes two free light drinks and food);
                     €25 for entry to both Global Village 2016 and Hoyo 19 (additional 2 free drinks at the club)

Proceeds from the sale of the tickets go to Social Responsibility Forum

“Come early for great food, leave late after a great party”

All the participants of the event must adhere to the CODE OF CONDUCT OF GLOBAL VILLAGE. Please make sure you read it before signing up for the event.

If you wish to attend please register here


IE International Relations Club proudly presents Skaiste Aniuliene, current Lithuanian Ambassador to Spain. Throughout her international career she held various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also was Lithuania’s consul general in Chicago. Before her appointment as ambassador to Spain, she was Ambassador-at-Large for the Community of Democracies and women’s issues. Skaiste Aniuliene will talk about Lithuania’s independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and geopolitics in the Baltic region.

The conference will take place on May 31st, 04:30p, at Paper Pavilion (Serrano 99)

If you wish to attend please register here


APSIA Deans Gather in Seattle for Annual Meeting

Written on February 15, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University, International Relations

APSIA-1.8.2016-10On January 7-8, 2016, 42 representatives from 38 APSIA member and affiliate schools gathered in Seattle, WA for the annual meeting of APSIA deans and directors. The meeting was hosted by the University of Washington (UW) Jackson School of International Studies.

On Thursday January 7, the APSIA member meeting began by sharing accomplishments from 2015. Participants mentioned the launch of new degrees, the hiring of new faculty, and the creation of new research centers. APSIA’s Executive Director Carmen Mezzera then presented her report on the state of the Association.

Next, UW’s Senior Director of Institutional Advancement and Senior Director of Advancement for the Social Sciences joined members for a discussion on what motivates giving in different regions of the world, moderated by Philippe Burrin of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Following the discussion, Bob Wilson of the University of Texas at Austin moderated a session on ways to increase partnerships and exchanges among members with Joe Bankoff of Georgia Tech University and Keiji Nakatsuji from Ritsumeikan University, which highlighted the importance of interpersonal relationships and institutionalized agreements.

That evening, members were joined by representatives from affiliate schools. Over dinner, Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs at the Gates Foundation, discussed the tremendous progress made in international development in the last fifteen years.

On Friday, January 8, APSIA co-sponsored a public discussion with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and the Jackson School to consider the security challenges facing a new US administration. Moderated by Jacqueline Miller of the World Affairs Council, Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M University, Susan Collins of the University of Michigan, Enrico Letta of Sciences Po, and Eric Schwartz of the University of Minnesota served as panelists.

Once participants returned to UW, Christopher Hill of the University of Denver asked Reuben Brigety of George Washington University, Andrew Kim of Korea University, and Irina Novikova of St. Petersburg State University to comment on adapting schools to the 21st century. Speakers agreed students need leadership training, cross-cultural competencies, and regional expertise to correspond to the demands of the job market.

Dane Rowlands of Carleton University then moderated a session on techniques to address faculty hiring needs. Karen McGuinness of Princeton University and Kenneth Paul Tan of the National University of Singapore kicked off the discussion, which stressed that schools should demonstrate collegiality and community among faculty.

Finally, John Keeler of the University of Pittsburgh asked Joel Hellman of Georgetown University, Adil Najam of  Boston University, Vanessa Scherrer of Sciences Po, and Stephen Toope of the University of Toronto to discuss ways to promote and differentiate international affairs education. Speakers stressed the importance of our schools’ deep, multidisciplinary commitment to international affairs and the strength of our students.

The 2016 APSIA meeting concluded with a cruise for deans, directors, and local staff around Seattle.

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