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”

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?

The Democrats versus Trump: what should be their focus leading up to 2020 elections?

In the the recent installation of IR Today Perspectives, second-year students Sebastian Beyenburg and Maximilian Tkocz explore whether the Democrat candidates should be focusing on defeating Trump rather than on their own policy agenda in the upcoming 2020 elections. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the authors’ but are meant more to be food for thought.  The Democrats versus … Continue reading The Democrats versus Trump: what should be their focus leading up to 2020 elections?

IR Today Perspectives: NATO Expansion – Success or Failure?

In the second installation of IR Today Perspectives, second-year students Sebastian Beyenburg and Maximilian Tkocz discuss NATO’s evolution since the end of the Cold War, with a particular focus on the alliance’s controversial eastwards expansion in light of unprecedented media scrutiny during this week’s 70th anniversary summit in Watford. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the authors’ but are … Continue reading IR Today Perspectives: NATO Expansion – Success or Failure?

IR Today Perspectives: Reflecting upon seventy years of Communism in China

IR Today Perspectives is a brand new monthly feature, looking beyond the 24/7 newsreel to critically assess and reflect upon the most topical issues in today’s shifting geopolitical landscape. In the first issue, Maximilian Tkocz and Sebastian Beyenburg, both second year BA International Relations students at KCL reflect upon seventy years of communist rule in mainland China and the prospects for democratisation in the world’s … Continue reading IR Today Perspectives: Reflecting upon seventy years of Communism in China