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

French interference in Cameroonian domestic affairs: duty to protect human rights or not so laudable geopolitical motivations?

Pauline Darrieus is a first year History and International Relations student and theSub-Saharan Africa editor for International Relations Today.   What is at stake behind the apparent question of France’s involvement in the decision-making process of Cameroon’s leaders? Saturday 26 February, the French president Emmanuel Macron expressed himself about the massacre that took place in Cameroon ten days earlier, as an activist called on him … Continue reading French interference in Cameroonian domestic affairs: duty to protect human rights or not so laudable geopolitical motivations?

Niger’s Anthem: A Newfound Embrace of National Values?

Liena El-Lahawi is a second-year BA International Relations student at KCL and IR Today’s Sub-Saharan Africa Editor. Her latest article assesses Niger’s efforts to carve out a positive, rejuvenated national identity in the form of the Sahelian state’s new anthem, contrasting this with the profound fragility of the Nigerien state on the ground. With an upcoming wave of African nations celebrating 60 years of independence … Continue reading Niger’s Anthem: A Newfound Embrace of National Values?

The Scramble For Africa 2.0: China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

Simon Ahrens is a third year International Relations student and a Staff Writer for International Relations Today. In 1972, Richard Hull, professor of African history, argued that with Chinese involvement, great Powers were once more carving up Africa. 320 new international embassies from 2010-2016, $150bn yearly Chinese investments, and 47 years later his analysis again rings true. Public and private initiatives seek to get their … Continue reading The Scramble For Africa 2.0: China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

Corruption, Poverty & Elitism: Mugabe’s Legacy in Zimbabwe

By Andrei Popoviciu, a 3rd year International Relations student in the War Studies department at KCL. Because of his strong interest in journalism, he is editor in chief of IR Today and runs a weekly podcast called IR Unedited on KCL Radio. ROBERT MUGABE BY JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES On November 14th, 2017 Zimbabwean military troops drove tanks into the capital city, Harare. They patrolled the … Continue reading Corruption, Poverty & Elitism: Mugabe’s Legacy in Zimbabwe