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I am applying for admission to the Master program in the International Relations

Department, because I want a career in the analysis of policymaking issues. In particular, I want
to address the inequality in distribution of wealth globally, producing content that assists policy
makers in reducing the pit between wealthy and poor countries. As a very multidisciplinary
topic, it requires knowledge on not only economics, but on politics, culture, history and
international relations, and I can bring the capacity of combining these diverse fields to a
research group. As an International Relations undergraduate, I have had classes with some of the
best Brazilian Professors in these fields and as a native from a country in development; I have a
unique perspective on the issue.
As a Brazilian, the issue of income inequality internationally was always clear to me, but
my interest was aroused during my undergraduate studies in Universidade Federal do Rio de
Janeiro. When introduced to the Critical Theory of Robert Cox, I understood how complex
policymaking is and how diverse our knowledge needs to be in order to analyze it. With this
mindset, I chose to do my final research on the topic, focusing on the role that international
institutions play in the political economy. During my research, I had to be able to look at the
variables that compose the mechanism of global markets, as well as microeconomics,
macroeconomics and applied economic policy, but also the historical background, the
international relations and domestic institutions. In fact, that research confirmed to myself that I
desired a career of the analysis of policymaking.
The pursuit of this goal needed to be adjourned, because my professional career started as
soon as I joined my undergraduate program, so I could support myself through it. Unexpectedly,
it has become another factor in my desire to become an academic. As an International Exchange
Analyst, I accessed data on the commercial flows among global markets and strategically
analyzed them. Therefore, I ended up applying my undergraduate knowledge on my job, because
I had learned that numbers do not always explain everything and could take my analysis further
than others could. In addition, I learned time management, as I had to handle a full time job,
along with 30 hours a week of classes.
As much as I enjoy my job, I finally saved enough money to pursue my goal. That is why
I am so keen to study at the International Relations Department at Central European University,
because of your research interest in global economic relations and your reputation in these fields.
In addition, CEU is the option that best aligns with my goals as they match the programs focus,
especially the ones from Professor Horvth, whose work is remarkable for linking political
science to international economic relations.
As Robert Cox states, there is no such thing a neutral analysis every international analyst
has a reason, and so do I. My objective is to work along think tanks, producing content that
influences policy makers, so I would be a part of the construction of a fairer world.