Africa: the theatre of the new cold war between Russia and the West?

Radia Mernissi is an International Relations student, her Moroccan background make her particularly interested in North African politics and neo-imperialism. She also enjoys researching about International Law and its application to conflict and security. During his diplomatic visit to Cameroon in July 2022, French president Macron called out African countries on their “hypocrisy” regarding the Russian armed invasion of Ukraine. In the same month, Russian … Continue reading Africa: the theatre of the new cold war between Russia and the West?

William Ruto wins Kenyan Presidential election but comes across legal challenges

Caroline Bouisse is a French third-year History and International Relations student at King’s College London. Passionate about Human Rights, Politics and Geopolitics, she aims through this article to relate the current events regarding the 2022 elections in Kenya. Nelson Mandela once said “I never lose, either I win or I learn”; one can be led to believe that this quote has a perfect place at … Continue reading William Ruto wins Kenyan Presidential election but comes across legal challenges

The African debt trap: fact or myth?

Radia Mernissi is an International Relations student, her Moroccan background make her particularly interested in North African politics and neo-imperialism. She is also passionate about International Law and its application to conflict and security. China’s lending practices have progressively taken importance in Africa, and today, are active in 35 African nations. This article seeks to analyse and understand the advent of these lending policies and … Continue reading The African debt trap: fact or myth?

David vs Goliath: Taipei’s alternative to the Belt & Road Initiative in Africa

Noah Trowbridge is a third year International Relations student in the Department of War Studies. He is the current Latin America Editor for IR Today, conducts political risk advisal for London Politica and leads the King’s Think Tank’s Defence & Diplomacy Policy Centre. He notably covers security developments across Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia. Since the launch of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in … Continue reading David vs Goliath: Taipei’s alternative to the Belt & Road Initiative in Africa

The Extreme Need of a Solid International Response Towards Tigray

Marco Zarzana is a second year International Relations student from Italy. His main interests in the field of IR include Diplomacy, Grand Strategy and the gap between the academic world of IR and the practical functioning of international affairs. Coming from a background in Classics, Marco’s extracurricular interests include Greek Philosophy and Literature and the ancient Western world in general. The international community should carry … Continue reading The Extreme Need of a Solid International Response Towards Tigray

The European Union at a crossroads: Has the EU lost track of its development policy?

Andoni Hormaza is a 3rd 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. 2020 was supposed to be a pivotal year for the EU, with the 6thsummit between the African Union and the EU taking place in October. The Summit would have constituted an opportunity for the EU … Continue reading The European Union at a crossroads: Has the EU lost track of its development policy?

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?

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

The straw that breaks the camel’s back? COVID-19 and the Democratic Republic of Congo

 ‘Hannah Evans just completed her final year of the International Relations BA. She wrote her dissertation on the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has a strong interest in the wider African continent.’ The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently at the beginning of its COVID journey, having confirmed its first case on the 10thof March. It is, however, one of the most at-risk countriesfor the virus, and … Continue reading The straw that breaks the camel’s back? COVID-19 and the Democratic Republic of Congo

The ‘Unstringing’ of a ‘String of Pearls’ – Part One

Marcus is a final year International Relations student and the former East Asia Regional Editor for KCL International Relations Today. He previously served as the President & Senior Editor at King’s College London Geopolitical Risk Society. His research interests include historical and modern-day imperialism, British imperial policy and decolonisation movements in the postwar period. Read more of his work here. SIX PART SERIES: THE ‘UNSTRINGING’ OF … Continue reading The ‘Unstringing’ of a ‘String of Pearls’ – Part One