Assessing the impacts of the August coup d’état in Mali: under new and improved management?

William Fawcett is a postgraduate studying Conflict, Security and Development MA. He is the postgraduate officer for IR Today and has a particular interest in humanitarian intervention, the UN Security Council, international diplomacy and the politics of Francophone Africa. Amid the degeneration of the security situation in northern and eastern areas of Mali, the forced dismissal and imprisoning of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) on … Continue reading Assessing the impacts of the August coup d’état in Mali: under new and improved management?

Towards IR 2.0: International relations, the internet and new political actors

Marcus Woodcock is a Franco-British second year International Relations student at King’s College London. He is interested in the role of the internet in shaping far right ideology and Contemporary Security Issues. International Relations has frequently been described as a “field in crisis”.[1]Wedged between the holy trinity of realism, liberalism and constructivism and its post-modern critics, theory building in IR never ventures far from its … Continue reading Towards IR 2.0: International relations, the internet and new political actors

The Final Remnants of Dictatorship in Europe?: Eyes on Belarus

Gabrielle is a 3rd year International Relations student from Houston, Texas. Her interests include geopolitical risk, the energy transition, and the link between environmental policy and human rights. She is passionate about writing approachable content on current global affairs. Introduction A 73-year-old great-grandmother, an English teacher turned opposition leader, and Europe’s longest standing ruler are some of the faces of the ongoing unrest in Belarus. … Continue reading The Final Remnants of Dictatorship in Europe?: Eyes on Belarus

Political Profiles – Shinzo Abe: A Shaky Legacy

Mia Lewis is a British-Japanese third year International Relations Student at King’s College London, with a particular interest in East Asian Regional Relations and Japanese domestic politics. She is the Project Manager for the weekly vegetable delivery and volunteer scheme FetchUrVeg, as well as treasurer and co-founder of KCL Wholesome Society. Background Born 21 September 1954 in Tokyo to a strong political family, Shinzo Abe … Continue reading Political Profiles – Shinzo Abe: A Shaky Legacy

The Surprising Contraction of the Sahelian Cocaine Trade

Matthew Ader is a third year BA student in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is an editor at Wavell Room and writes frequently on security issues and also the ineptitude of Captain America as a tactical commander. You can follow him on Twitter @AderMatthew.  In 2009, Malian authorities found the burnt out wreck of a Venezuelan plane believed to have carried 10 … Continue reading The Surprising Contraction of the Sahelian Cocaine Trade

Is the EU’s migration policy in the Central Mediterranean doomed?

Andoni Hormaza is a 2nd year International Relations student from Spain. His interests include international development, global migration and international law. He is also passionate about music, photography and writing. The economic and health cost of Covid-19 has eclipsed the plight of migrants in the Mediterranean. Back in May, an article published on IR Today showed how the current crisis has exacerbated the perilous situation in … Continue reading Is the EU’s migration policy in the Central Mediterranean doomed?

India and the International Solar Alliance

Niranjan Jose is a third-year law student pursuing BBA LLB from National Law University Odisha (NLUO). He is a national level debater with a keen interest in International Relations. He has presented papers at the Fifth International Conference on Social Sciences 2018 and Seventh International Conference on Asian Studies 2019 on the topics “Saudi-Iranian Cold War: Analysis and Implications” and “Turkey: Regional aspirations in the … Continue reading India and the International Solar Alliance

Yemen: A Forgotten Humanitarian Catastrophe

Chloe is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London. She is the Editorial Assistant of IR Today. How did the crisis in Yemen start? Yemen’s story is that of a divided and deeply unstable country that has been ravaged by conflict in a bloody civil war which has been going on for decades, but deeply intensified in 2014. To understand the events … Continue reading Yemen: A Forgotten Humanitarian Catastrophe

Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: 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 this final part of the Morocco series, he discusses Morocco’s relations with its neighbours – namely Algeria, Libya and Egypt, especially in the context of the ongoing conflicts and complex politics characterising modern geostrategy in the region. The essay concludes … Continue reading Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Securitising COVID-19: is it just about a Virus?

Marcus Woodcock is a Franco-British second year International Relations student at King’s College London. He is interested in Central African affairs and Constructivist approaches to Contemporary Security Issues. It is easy to lose focus on exactly how COVID-19 has led to such a drastic political response worldwide. Why, when, how, and who decided that COVID-19 was a threat (or not)? More importantly, what are the … Continue reading Securitising COVID-19: is it just about a Virus?