Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank, Covid-19, Netanyahu, Trump, and More.

David Vergara is a first year International Relations student and the MENA regional editor for IR Today. You have probably read the news headlines in recent days. Those who haven’t, may vaguely remember swiping through Instagram stories of hashtags and maps relating to the conflict. The point is, chances are you have noticed the resurgence of the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the news. The time has … Continue reading Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank, Covid-19, Netanyahu, Trump, and More.

Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking Pt 2: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Archishman Ray Goswami is a second-year student studying the BA International Relations Programme. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the KCL Geopolitical Risk Society. In Part Three of this series, he looks at Morocco’s considerations regarding regional conflicts and how that places her vis-à-vis Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This series discusses Morocco’s foreign policy in a post-Coronavirus world and looks at her relations … Continue reading Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking Pt 2: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Brazil: Racism through the lens of the developing world

Lucia just finished her first year of International Relations BA at KCL. She is interested in International development and exposing political issues in the Global South. Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have actively challenged white supremacy around the world, and Brazil is no exception. However, ​protests in Rio that occurred on the 7th​ of June perhaps resonated deeper than elsewhere in the world. Although the BLM protests … Continue reading Brazil: Racism through the lens of the developing world

Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking Pt 1: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

In the era of COVID-19, it is worth recollecting that nowhere will the pandemic’s geopolitical impact be felt more than in North Africa. As international attention refocuses onto the MENA region in a post-Covid age, Morocco -a significant political player in this theatre- may become a flashpoint of regional geostrategy. Continue reading Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking Pt 1: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Police Violence and Inexcusable Silence: Outrage in America

Gabrielle Heal is a second year International Relations student at KCL and a staff writer for IR Today. With the words “I can’t breathe,” and the murder of a man by the name of George Floyd, American society has erupted. An epidemic of police brutality, racism, and inequality—which has festered continuously throughout American history—is reasserting itself as the most dangerous internal adversity the country faces. … Continue reading Police Violence and Inexcusable Silence: Outrage in America

Book Review: “The Light That Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy”

In a two-part piece series, second-year IR students and IR Today staff writers Sebastian Beyenburg and Maximilian Tkocz critically evaluate the deeply insightful book: ”The Light that Failed: Why the West is Losing the Fight for Democracy”   Read the first installation here: https://irtodayblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/book-review-the-light-that-failed-why-the-west-is-losing-the-fight-for-democracy/   Part 2 Last week- in the first part of our book review- we looked at Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes’ analysis of … Continue reading Book Review: “The Light That Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy”

Book Review: “The Light That Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy”

In a two-part piece series, second-year IR students and IR Today staff writers Sebastian Beyenburg and Maximilian Tkocz critically evaluate the deeply insightful book: ”The Light that Failed: Why the West is Losing the Fight for Democracy” Part 1 To many, the coronavirus pandemic has laid open the faults and issues in our system. While most of these concerns have been bubbling under the surface for years, … Continue reading Book Review: “The Light That Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy”

The ‘Unstringing’ of a ‘String of Pearls’ – Part Three: The Hoax of ASEAN Collectivity?

Marcus is an incoming final year student reading International Relations and the East Asia Regional Editor for KCL International Relations Today. Marcus currently serves as the President at King’s College London Geopolitical Risk Society and the Senior Editor of the GPRIS Risk Report 2021.   SIX PART SERIES: THE ‘UNSTRINGING’ OF A ‘STRING OF PEARLS’ A six-part sequel on China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) which … Continue reading The ‘Unstringing’ of a ‘String of Pearls’ – Part Three: The Hoax of ASEAN Collectivity?

How “the COVID-19 excuse” leaves many at risk in the Mediterranean

Isabelle Bienfait is a second-year International Relations student at KCL. She is  interested in the nexus between conflict and human rights, with a particular focus on migration.  Ninety-one percent of the global population is living in countries where full or partial restrictions are imposed on its borders due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.[1]This has dire consequences … Continue reading How “the COVID-19 excuse” leaves many at risk in the Mediterranean

Testing solidarity: The European recovery effort and ‘coronabonds’

William is a second year Classics student at King’s College London with an internship at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall. His interests include politics and diplomacy; in particular British foreign policy and the political interaction between European countries. In such uncertain and profound times for the economies within the European Union, foundational principles of cohesion and cooperation are being tested. Ongoing financial rescue package talks … Continue reading Testing solidarity: The European recovery effort and ‘coronabonds’