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Advisory Board

The work of the Center for Global Politics and IR Online is supported by an advisory board. It is comprised of distinguished international academics, politicians and business representatives who are interested in promoting the CGP programs and activities worldwide. Board members are listed below.

Prof. Dr. Alexei Bogaturov

Prof. Dr. Alexei Bogaturov

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) / University, Moscow

Reinhard Bütikofer

Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP

Vice Chairman of the Alliance ´90/ The Greens in the European Parliament, Brussels

Michael Harms

Michael Harms

Executive Director of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Moscow

Hans-Ulrich Klose

Hans-Ulrich Klose, MdB

Member of the Bundestag, SPD parliamentary group, Vice Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Berlin

Dr. Robert Legvold

Prof. (emer.) Dr. Robert Legvold

Marshall Shulman Professor Emeritus, Boston

Hildegard Müller

Hildegard Müller

General Executive Manager of the German Energy and Water Association (BDEW), Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan

Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan

President of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin

Oliver Wieck

Oliver Wieck

The Federation of German Industries (BDI), Head of the Division for International Trade and Development, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Chen Zhimin

Prof. Dr. Chen Zhimin

Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan University, Shanghai

Ruprecht Polenz

Ruprecht Polenz, MdB

Member of the Bundestag, CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Berlin

Dr. Hans-Friedrich v. Ploetz

Dr. Hans-Friedrich v. Ploetz, Ambassador (Ret.)

Ambassador Emeritus and Director of the Foundation for German-Russian Youth Exchange, Hamburg

Justas Vincas Paleckis

Justas Vincas Paleckis, MEP

Member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Brussels


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Students' Voices

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LatviaJānis Bērziņš

"On the day I applied for the International Relations online Master's program offered by the Center for Global Politics, I had already worked in the Foreign Affairs sector for 4 years. As I wrote my application letter to the Free University of Berlin I remember struggling, because I believed that I had gathered sufficient experience in the field. However, it turns out I was mistaken. The first week"
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"On the day I applied for the International Relations online Master's program offered by the Center for Global Politics, I had already worked in the Foreign Affairs sector for 4 years. As I wrote my application letter to the Free University of Berlin I remember struggling, because I believed that I had gathered sufficient experience in the field. However, it turns out I was mistaken.

The first week of in-house classes clearly demonstrated that I lack a large amount of information and base knowledge for me to even to begin appreciating and evaluating the things that are happening in the world.

Especially courses such as International Relations Theory and the Introduction and Tools course, felt to me like I had been sleepwalking in my field for those first 4 years. Only now after having graduated from the CGP, I can truly appreciate what I still continue to love doing in my professional life.

I learned to ask the right questions, to write concise reports and above all to evaluate any one event from at least three theoretical perspectives, thus providing for a clearer analysis of actions and the motivations behind them. This has been recognized beyond the grades on the transcript. Over the past 2 years since graduation I have received three promotions and am constantly given top priority tasks. Participating in and graduating the master's program has helped me in my professional career and continues to do so.

To sum up, a simple answer to "would I do it again" is "yes". The program has made me more humble towards the things I think I know, has helped me grow as a person and as a professional, and above all, when I look back at the program and the events that transpired - I always seem to smile."

Students' Voices

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Erika Burri
is a journalist by training and studies IR Online. Have a look at what she writes about the booming MOOC development (in German).
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