Globally, 2009 has been marked by the economic crisis, which has turned out to be a systemic crisis for the capitalist world system as such. As this crisis is converging with the climate crisis, the world stage is set for a radical change in global social relations. This constitutes a major challenge for progressive forces around the world, and has required the International Institute for Research and Education to rethink its programmes and curricula. The global crises, and our attempt to analyse them from different perspectives, remained a cardinal point of all IIRE activities throughout 2009.
With no less than four seminars and two longer educational sessions 2009 turned out to be a very productive year for the International Institute for Research and Education.