Power in Europe and the race to cure Coronavirus

Amidst the severe economic chaos brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, one industry has emphatically weathered the downturn. Working closely with leading scientific researchers and reinforced by a dramatic upsurge in financial backing, the vaccination industry is brimming with determined confidence. Indeed, a Morgan Stanley report reveals at least six viable organisations striving to develop an effective treatment. Worth $10-30bn during the pandemic, projections indicate … Continue reading Power in Europe and the race to cure Coronavirus

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 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 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’

‘’Doors are open… take your share’’: European Consequences of Erdogan’s use of migrants as diplomatic levers

Chloe is a first year IR student at KCL. She is extremely passionate about international affairs. Furthermore, her multicultural background allows her to tackle international issues through different perspectives. In 2015, the influx of 1 million refugees fleeing to Europe from war-torn Syria generated chaos and uncertainty amongst the European Union’s member states. The question of who should bear responsibility for the new arrivals and … Continue reading ‘’Doors are open… take your share’’: European Consequences of Erdogan’s use of migrants as diplomatic levers

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?

Germany after Merkel: what does the future hold for Europe’s dominant power?

In the the recent installation of IR Today Perspectives, second-year students Sebastian Beyenburg and Maximilian Tkocz explore the future of Germany after the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s era. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the authors’ but are meant more to be food for thought.  Why the end of the Merkel era will not necessarily weaken Germany’s dominant … Continue reading Germany after Merkel: what does the future hold for Europe’s dominant power?

Brexit’s Positive Message: Eurosceptic Politics

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. Eurosceptic politics has produced seismic political repercussions. Increasing European federalism is not a vote winner – but now it is anathema to some national governments who wish … Continue reading Brexit’s Positive Message: Eurosceptic Politics