Choosing the lesser of evils – Latin American elections

Paula is a third year IR student from Peru with a strong interest in Latin American politics and economics. She really enjoys writing thought-provoking pieces about current affairs and the future of our world.  Latin America has been the hardest hit continent by the Covid-19 pandemic. The spread of the coronavirus was not contained despite extensive and strict lockdowns in many countries, particularly in Peru … Continue reading Choosing the lesser of evils – Latin American elections

There is light at the end of the tunnel… but Peru must change the tunnel it is currently on

Paula Arrus is a second year IR student from Peru with a strong interest in Latin American politics and economics. She enjoys writing thought-provoking pieces about current affairs and the future of our world. She is extremely passionate about football too and supports ‘the greatest club in England: Manchester City’. Mandatory national quarantine in Peru began in mid-March, and with it came incredibly positive press … Continue reading There is light at the end of the tunnel… but Peru must change the tunnel it is currently on

Brazil: Racism through the lens of the developing world

Lucia just finished her first year of International Relations BA at KCL. She is interested in International development and exposing political issues in the Global South. Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have actively challenged white supremacy around the world, and Brazil is no exception. However, ​protests in Rio that occurred on the 7th​ of June perhaps resonated deeper than elsewhere in the world. Although the BLM protests … Continue reading Brazil: Racism through the lens of the developing world

Sustainability Superhero: Why You Should be Rooting for Costa Rica and President Alvarado

Gabrielle Heal is second year International Relations student at King’s College London. She is a staff writer at International Relations Today.    “His actions serve to remind the world that even small nations can take the lead,” as Ban Ki-Moon, former United Nations Secretary-General, describes Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado following the leader’s awarding of a place in Time’s Next 100 Most Influential People of … Continue reading Sustainability Superhero: Why You Should be Rooting for Costa Rica and President Alvarado

Argentina’s ticking debt cycle

Paula Arrus is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London and a Staff Writer for International Relations Today. Image source: https://www.ft.com/content/9161f0c0-caff-11e9-a1f4-3669401ba76f In the past, sovereign defaults in emerging markets were mainly associated with financial crisis in the rich world as the former were practically unable to shield themselves from the latter’s spillover effects. However, now sovereign defaults have been influenced by a … Continue reading Argentina’s ticking debt cycle

‘A rapist in your path’: Protesting Rape Culture in Latin America

Maria Ascencio is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London. She is the Latin America Editor at International Relations Today and the Editor in Chief for the Latin American Society’s Blog “El Cortao”. The following article is based on academic research and personal experiences.   Some of them carry posters that read the names of victims, some of them wear what we … Continue reading ‘A rapist in your path’: Protesting Rape Culture in Latin America

Latin American protests: not the ‘forgotten continent’ after all

Paula is a second year IR student from Peru with a strong interest in Latin American politics and economics. She enjoys writing thought-provoking pieces about current affairs and the future of our world.  A trip down memory lane Alfonso Quiroz in his book ‘Corrupt Circles’ examines the history of Peruvian corruption dating back to the arrival of the Conquistadors and the subsequent colonial period, creating … Continue reading Latin American protests: not the ‘forgotten continent’ after all

Martín Vizcarra: The Man Who Could Give Peru a Much Needed Chance to Prosper?

Paula Arrus is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London and a Staff Writer for International Relations Today. From crisis to opportunity? Recent events point to a fresh start in Peruvian politics. This past September 30th, President Martín Vizcarra dissolved congress after he was refused a vote of confidence for the second time under the current administration. For the days that followed, … Continue reading Martín Vizcarra: The Man Who Could Give Peru a Much Needed Chance to Prosper?

Transnational Crime: Why Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has not and will not put an end to the War on Drugs

Maria Ascencio is a first year International Relations student at King’s College London, and the Latin America Editor at International Relations Today. Mexico appears to be on the brink of change as new leftist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the end of the country’s 13 year long War on Drugs on January 30th 2019. The reality of the situation, however, is that AMLO … Continue reading Transnational Crime: Why Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has not and will not put an end to the War on Drugs

How did Women Link Worldwide contribute towards the inclusion of women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Colombia’s Constitutional Court in 2006?

On May 10th 2006, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 5-3 in favor of the decriminalization of abortion. The groundbreaking decision guaranteed a woman’s exemption from prosecution under three conditions: (1) pregnancy by rape, incest or unwanted insemination (2) severe fetal malformation or (3) risks to life and health Prior to 2006, Colombia had stood in solidarity with El Salvador and Chile – all of whom … Continue reading How did Women Link Worldwide contribute towards the inclusion of women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Colombia’s Constitutional Court in 2006?