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Invitation to Dr. Fawaz Gerges Talk – Madrid April 4 – 16h30

Written on March 26, 2014 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in International Relations

SIRIE School of International Relations is pleased to invite you to ”Iran & the Conflicts in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq: Troubled Waters or Room for a Conversation” with Dr. Fawaz Gerges and Dr. Peter Jones

Iran’s relations with the Arab world are complex and at first sight, seemingly contradictory. Today, as negotiations between the West and Iran advance on the nuclear file and new regional alignments are in play, the repercussions of Iran´s relations with Iraq, Syria and Lebanon may become more important than ever. Dr. Gerges will address these themes and the importance of these countries for Iran.  Dr. Peter Jones will comment from his perspective.

Dr. Fawaz Gerges is Professor of International Relations in the Middle East  Centre of the London School of Economics, and holds the Emirates Chair in Contemporary Middle East Studies. His special interests include Islam and the political process, social movements, including mainstream Islamist movements and jihadist groups, Arab politics and Muslim politics in the 20th century, the international relations of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, state and society in the Middle East, American foreign policy towards the Muslim world, the modern history of the Middle East, history of conflict, diplomacy and foreign policy, and historical sociology. His most recent book, “The New Middle East” is published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Gerges is also a regular commentator on CNN.

Dr. Peter Jones is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is also an Annenberg distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he served as a senior analyst for the Security and Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council of Canada. Previously, he held various positions related to international affairs and security at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Privy Council Office, and the Department of Defence (Canada). An expert on security in the Middle East and track-two diplomacy, he led the Middle East Security and Arms Control Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden in the 1990s. He is presently leading several Track Two initiatives in South Asia and the Middle East, and is also widely published on Iran.

The event will take place on Friday 4 April at 16.30h in Room 402 (Maria de Molina 31)

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IMG_2832El pasado miércoles 19 de marzo el IE School of International Relations acogió la presentación del libro “Sin medias tintas” de Diego Sánchez de la Cruz (MIR 2011). El autor, además de antiguo alumno, es también periodista y profesor asociado de IE University. Junto a él intervinieron en el evento Arantza de Areilza, Decana de IE School of International Relations, Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Catedrático de Historia del Pensamiento Económico en la Universidad Complutense y participante de la obra, y  Manuel Llamas, Director de Libre Mercado y responsable del prólogo de la obra.

“Sin medias tintas” está compuesto por 20 entrevistas a figuras relevantes del liberalismo  sobre la Gran Recesión, recogiendo diferentes medidas económicas y políticas para reforzar tanto a la sociedad española como a sus instituciones. La presentación detalló tanto aspectos de su elaboración como su crítica frente a cierto tipo de políticas económicas. Comenzó con  una introducción en la cual el Catedrático Rodriguez Braun relató la problemática detrás de la gran politización de la economía española y el periodista Llamas criticó la falta de conocimiento de gran parte del periodismo económico nacional. Tras ello, el autor Diego Sánchez compartió con la audiencia algunas de las reflexiones que le han supuesto creación de la obra.

Durante su ponencia ofreció un recorrido por diferentes anécdotas y lo que le ha aportado la obra a nivel personal. Mostró su visión de cuáles son los desequilibrios crónicos económicos de España. También destacó la falta de autocrítica y la escasa preparación de la clase política española. Tras una animada de rueda de preguntas la Decana de Areilza dio por finalizado el evento y se procedió a la habitual firma de ejemplares.


SIRIE School of International Relations tiene el honor de invitarle a la presentación del libro “Sin medias tintas” de D. Diego Sánchez de la Cruz, el miércoles 19 de Marzo a las 19h.

“Sin Medias Tintas” (Unión Editorial) es un libro de ámbito económico. Su autor se reunió con veinte destacados economistas y politólogos para hablar de la Gran Recesión y de la esperada recuperación. Entre los entrevistados se encuentran personalidades como Luis Garicano, Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Daniel Lacalle, Ignacio de la Torre, Pedro Schwartz, Juan Ramón Rallo, Peter Schiff o Juergen Donges.

Participarán en la presentación: D. Diego Sánchez de la Cruz, autor de la obra, periodista y antiguo alumno del Master en Relaciones Internacionales del IE, D. Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Catedrático de Historia del Pensamiento Económico en la Universidad Complutense, D. Manuel Llamas, Director de Libre Mercado y Dña. Arantza de Areilza, Decana de IE School of International Relations.

La presentación tendrá lugar en el Aula F-001 de IE Business School situada en c/ María de Molina 2.

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Torres-SusanaDr. Susana Torres Prieto is Associate Professor of Humanities at IE Business School and IE University

Whenever a popular revolt unleashes, like in the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ or in present day Ukraine, there is usually more than one factor, and from more than a single origin, to explain the successive evolution of events.  Ukraine’s current situation is far from surprising if a few facts are taken into account: firstly, Ukraine’s history and current internal affairs; secondly, its geopolitical strategic situation and, thirdly, the latest developments in Russian international policies. The present conference will try to explain how the concurrence of all these different sets of factors, aided by successive wrong decisions by the current government, has turned what seemed to be back in November last year an innocuous civic protest, one of many, into a political and social crisis quickly expanding across the country and threatening to overthrow the government. How is a social protest thus orchestrated? By whom? What is the role of social networks in countries, as Ukraine, with no tradition in civil society? Is this movement more or less related to the ‘Arab spring’ or to the social movements that saw the dismantling of the former countries of the Warsaw Pact? Among the complexity of the situation, we will try to examine several points in detail: what has been the role of Russia in the crisis, and what could it be in the future? what has been the role of the oligarchs, most of them based outside the Ukraine, who provide the necessary funds for backing the protests? what are the differences between this revolution and the so-called Orange revolution that took Yulia Timoshenko to power? who are the actors of the opposition movements? what is the role of the EU, if any, in the whole process and the expectations of Ukrainian people? what could be the consequences for the EU of the present crisis? what will change in the balance of powers between Russia and the EU after the crisis? how will the outcome change the ‘frontiers’ of Europe?

The conference will be held in Madrid, on Monday February 17th at 5 pm at Saint Louis University Auditorium (Avenida del Valle 34)


iranYou are cordially invited to attend the talk “Iran and Europe: Friend or Foe?”, the sixth in the series of discussions being held in Spain by CITPax as part of its Iran Dialogues Series and the Iran Regional Perspectives project. This session will be co-hosted by the IE School of International Relations and is sponsored by LSE Enterprise (Spain).

The role of the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton appears to have been pivotal in the negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 in reaching an interim agreement on the nuclear issue.

Yet the actual role of the EU overall in relation to Iran is far from clear. Europe still straddles between a firmer American position towards Iran and the desire and interest in a permanent diplomatic solution. To what extent might the ever-present possibility of failure of the nuclear negotiations process cause a disconnect between the US and Europe, should it be caused by the US reneging on the provisional agreement?

What is Europe´s role in the future and what is Europe´s strategic interest in this issue? Can it transcend its apparent risk-aversion and create an improved relationship with Iran, and what might be the parameters of a constructive future relationship between the two? How might that differ from the EU’s relationships with other countries in the region? How might Iran’s “red lines” influence such a relationship? Does southern Europe (particularly Spain, Italy and even Greece) offer the opportunity for a new European role vis a vis Iran?

Dr. Rouzbeh Parsi was formerly a Senior Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (2009-2013) specialising in the domestic political developments of Iran and their foreign policy implications, governance and political culture in Iran and Iraq, and regional relations. He is a specialist in Iran, Iraq and the Persian Gulf; and has worked on the development and change of political concepts such as modernisation, religion, nationalism and secularisation. Dr. Parsi is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Rights at Lund University, Sweden, and is the Director of the European Iran Research Group.

The conference will be heeld in Madrid, on Thursday 13 February 2014 from 17:00 to 18:30 at room E108 (Maria de Molina 4)

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