Dr. Solana teaches a course within the MBA program: Global Governance in the 21st Century

In the increasingly globalised and complex world of the 21st century, it is crucial to understand how major issues on the international stage reverberate in geopolitics, global governance, and daily life. This course aims to comprehensively address some of today’s most pressing international challenges and, in doing so, enhance students’ capacity for strategic analysis related to these challenges.

For some selected sessions, we invite prominent guest speakers.

2018-2019 Guest speakers

Yu Jie

23 January 2019
Money, Might and Mindset: China’s Self-Centred Global Ambition

Yu Jie, China Reseach Fellow, Chatham House, Head of China Foresight LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science

Antonio de Lecea

30 January 2019
The EU and the Global Economy and Governance

Antonio de Lecea, Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the Basque Country University (UPV)

Enrique Iglesias

6 February 2019
Latin America: A Near and Mid-term Perspective

Enrique Iglesias, Inter-American Development Bank President

Christopher Hill

6 March 2019
The United States and Its New Global Role

Christopher Hill, former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, was US Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia, and Poland, a US special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief US negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009. He is Chief Adviser to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver.

Previous guest speakers


24 January 2018
China and its Ambitions for the 21st Century

Zhang Qingmin, Professor, Center for International & Strategic Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University


7 February 2018
Africa and its Global Significance

Comfort Ero, Program Director, Africa, International Crisis Group


7 March 2018
The United States and its New Global Role

James Steinberg, Professor at Syracuse University and former US Deputy Secretary of State


8 February 2017
The US Election and its International Impact & the Middle East Peace Process

Martin Indyk, Executive Vice President of the Brookings Institution and former Special Assistant to President Clinton and US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (2013-2014);


22 March 2017
Inequality and its Effects

Branko Milanovic, renowned specialist on inequality at the City University of New York (CUNY) and former lead economist in the World Bank's research department;


26 April 2017
Emerging Markets in Geopolitics & Global Governance

Shivshankar Menon, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi and Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former National Security Advisor to the Indian Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary of India.


2 December 2015
Global Civil Society

Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance, Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics


30 March 2016
Latin America in the Near and Medium Term

Alejandro Álvarez von Gustedt, Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Office in Europe


13 April 2016
China and Asia in Geopolitical Perspective

Jonathan D. Pollack, Senior Fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution


11 May 2016
Global Health & Other Global Challenges
Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme


20 November 2014
The Middle East in Geopolitical Perspective

Wadah Khanfar, Chairman of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Aljazeera Network


29 January 2015
The EU in the Global Economic and Trade Landscape 

David Vegara, Deputy Managing Director, European Stability Mechanism


12 March 2015
Emerging Economies and Their Role in Global Governance

Shan Li, Chief International Business Adviser of China Development Bank; Chairman of Chinastone Capital Management; Executive President, Institute for Governance Studies at Tsinghua University


6 November 2013
Global Public Goods & Global Health

Pedro Alonso, former Director of ISGlobal, and Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme in Geneva


11 December 2013
Today’s Trends in Trade Liberalisation

Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies


24 January 2014
The Middle East in Geopolitical Perspective

Wadah Khanfar, Chairman of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Aljazeera Network


25 January 2012
Global Human Security

Mary Kaldor, LSE Professor of Global Governance and expert in Globalization and Human Security


29 February 2012
The Middle East in geopolitical perspective

Jean-Pierre Filiu, Professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)


2 May 2012
Global Economy and Emerging Countries

David Vegara, Sub-Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)


16 January 2013
The Middle East in geopolitical perspective

Ghassan Salamé, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and Professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and Columbia University (New York).


15 May 2013
Emerging Powers and Global Governance

Rakesh Mohan, Executive Director at the IMF


31 January 2011
The Economy of the European Union

Joaquín Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition from 2010 until November 2014. Until February 2010, he served as Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs.


9 February 2011
The Middle East

Shlomo Ben Ami, former Israeli foreign minister, and Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace


2 March 2011
Security and Terrorism: The case of South and Central Asia

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist and best-selling author, and one of the world’s leading experts on the social and political situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.