Relieving the Disaster: Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean

  Airport in the British Virgin Islands trashed – Taken by 70sqd offloading Royal Marines By William Reynolds, a third year War Studies undergraduate. From a British Armed Forces background, William follows the military capabilities of the West and the security issues in the Middle East with great interest, placing special emphasis on COIN and the experiences of individuals on the ground. William has worked … Continue reading Relieving the Disaster: Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean

What Interventionists get wrong about Venezuela

Carly Greenfield is a third year International Relations student with an interest in non-wartime violence, gender theory, and organized crime, especially in Latin America. The ongoing crisis in Venezuela has received mass media attention across the West, particularly in the United States (US). The crisis began following a Supreme Court attempt in March to dissolve the legislative branch and the subsequent protests against this decision. … Continue reading What Interventionists get wrong about Venezuela

Venezuela and Democratic Authoritarianism

By Victoria Noya, a Venezuelan 3rd year International Development student, currently studying abroad in East Asia. On December 2015 many Venezuelans gained new hope and optimism for their country, as the Opposition party secured three fifths of seats at the National Assembly, the legislative branch of Venezuela’s government. This was arguably a democratic victory that countered the government’s long standing authoritarian behaviour. However, as many … Continue reading Venezuela and Democratic Authoritarianism

A violent peace: El Salvador 25 years on

Carly Greenfield is a second year International Relations student with an interest in non-wartime violence, gender theory, and organized crime, especially in Latin America. El Salvador, a state of little more than 6 million people, often falls below the radar in the 21st century. However, 25 years ago, El Salvador was ending a 12-year civil war that had ushered it into a violent Cold War … Continue reading A violent peace: El Salvador 25 years on

Remembering Fidel Castro

Sofia Lesmes is a 1st year international relations and history student at King’s College London. October 25, 2012. I check my school email to get a notification from the principal: “as rumors continue to circulate on Fidel Castro’s health, I would like to inform you of our school’s plan” meaning that if Castro’s death was announced while school was not in session, it would be cancelled the … Continue reading Remembering Fidel Castro

The Colombian Peace Process: Understanding the “NO” Vote

by Sofia Liemann Escobar, a second year War Studies student from Colombia. She is currently the treasurer of the KCL Latin American Society. Her main interests include security, Latin America and organised crime.     “True peace is not merely the absence of war; it is the presence of justice” – Jane Addams, 1931 Nobel prize winner     On the 2nd of October, Colombians … Continue reading The Colombian Peace Process: Understanding the “NO” Vote

Impeachment for Dummies: Will Justice Trump Politics in Brazil for Once?

By Carina Minami Uchida a 1st year International Relations student from Brazil and Japan. She is interested in corruption and civil conflict of developing nations. Source:http://www.dw.com/en/brazils-president-dilma-rousseff-avoids-impeachment-for-now/a-18925844 This week the Brazilian lower house has overwhelmingly voted in favor of processing the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff to the senate, with 367 in favor, 137 against and 7 absentees. The process was long and tensions were high … Continue reading Impeachment for Dummies: Will Justice Trump Politics in Brazil for Once?

Zika and the price of valuing our religion more than our women

Carly Greenfield is a first year International Relations student in the War Studies department at King’s College London. Her main interests center around conflict resolution and corruption, with a special focus on the Americas. The Zika virus, if it had suddenly spread in a region with responsible reproductive laws and more access to contraception, would never have become an international crisis. The World Health Organization naming it … Continue reading Zika and the price of valuing our religion more than our women

Brazil and Israel: from friends to enemies?

By Tulio Konstantinovitch, a Brazilian second year student reading BA International Relations at the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Brazil is a peaceful State and is well known for its respect for other nations. It is also one of the 11 countries in the world that has diplomatic relations with all members of the United Nations. Nevertheless, a controversial case in the last months, … Continue reading Brazil and Israel: from friends to enemies?

November marks Argentina’s elections – will it also mark an end to Kirchnerism? What implications could this have on the country itself but also the entire region?

By an Argentinian student in London. Certain elections command international attention as a result of the corresponding country’s preponderance in global affairs. Certain elections command a sporadic spotlight as a result of the corresponding country’s “news headline” status. Certain elections, however, happen in the dark, with the world hardly noticing outside the country’s own borders and neighbors. On October 25th of 2015, Argentina held its … Continue reading November marks Argentina’s elections – will it also mark an end to Kirchnerism? What implications could this have on the country itself but also the entire region?