Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank, Covid-19, Netanyahu, Trump, and More.

David Vergara is a first year International Relations student and the MENA regional editor for IR Today. You have probably read the news headlines in recent days. Those who haven’t, may vaguely remember swiping through Instagram stories of hashtags and maps relating to the conflict. The point is, chances are you have noticed the resurgence of the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the news. The time has … Continue reading Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank, Covid-19, Netanyahu, Trump, and More.

Making Sense of the Saudi-Russian Oil-Price War

Areeshya is a second year politics student keen on breaking down what is happening with the Saudi-Russian Oil Price War. Looking at the fallout itself, its immediate and wider implications as well as who may benefit from the conflict overall. What was the trigger? The Saudi-Russian Oil-Price War began with The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) convening on March 6th in Vienna for … Continue reading Making Sense of the Saudi-Russian Oil-Price War

Idlib, Turkey, and the Lessons for Counter-insurgency

Oscar Royer is a second year History and International Relations student at KCL. The region of Idlib in North-eastern Syria has captured the news in the past months as the last bastion of Jihadism. Hopes are high that when circumscribed to a smaller space, fighting can be contained more easily and tensions finally resolved. While some parties see this as an opportunity to finally crush … Continue reading Idlib, Turkey, and the Lessons for Counter-insurgency

The Cold War in the Middle East: Yemen

David Vergara is a first year international relations student and the MENA regional editor for International Relations Today. Intro In this pilot article of the segment: “The Cold War in the Middle East”, the subject of the first theatre of war is Yemen, where a proxy civil war has waged since 2015. The Yemeni Civil war since its beginnings in 2011, has led to one … Continue reading The Cold War in the Middle East: Yemen

Political Profiles – Adel Al-Jubeir: the Diplomat Who Links Saudi Arabia to the West

Mengtao Zhao is in his second year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was invited to visit Saudi Arabia in September 2019, where he met with HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal, HH Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, and leaders of industries. He also has extensive internship experiences in private, public, legal, and academic sectors. Mengtao is a staff writer at IR Today and an editor at KCL Dialogue magazine.  Education … Continue reading Political Profiles – Adel Al-Jubeir: the Diplomat Who Links Saudi Arabia to the West

The new wave of protests in Middle East: Is 2019 seeing a new Arab Spring?

Aïcha El Alaoui is a second-year International Relations Student from Morocco. Her article examines the debate on the return of the Arab Spring in the light of the 2019 protests which took over the MENA region. Aïcha follows current affairs on a regular basis but has a special interest in the MENA region.   Iraqi Protesters have been demonstrating since October 1st, leaving 319 people … Continue reading The new wave of protests in Middle East: Is 2019 seeing a new Arab Spring?

The Geo-Political Implications of Turkey’s operations in Northeast Syria

Ghada Al-Thani is the Middle East and North Africa Editor for IR Today and an International Relations student at King’s College London.  Earlier in October, United State’s President Donald Trump announced the removal of U.S. troops stationed at the northeast border of Syria, allowing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to announce an offensive against Kurdish forces in the area. Reports have emerged that Trump did … Continue reading The Geo-Political Implications of Turkey’s operations in Northeast Syria

Morocco: An African champion of renewable energy

Aïcha El Alaoui is a second-year International Relations Student from Morocco. Her article focuses on recent initiatives and projects undertaken by Morocco in the field of Sustainable Development. Aïcha follows current affairs on a regular basis but has a special interest in the MENA region. On August 29th 2019, Morocco’s efforts on the renewable energy front were lauded at the Tokyo International Conference for African … Continue reading Morocco: An African champion of renewable energy

Egypt’s New Capital City: What Does it Entail?

Cairo has served as the heart and capital of Egypt for over a thousand years. However, 40km to the east, construction on a new city which will serve as the new seat of the Egyptian government has begun. Announced in March of 2015, the Egyptian government promises a bigger, better and newer capital. This yet to be named City is provisionally known as the new administrative capital. Continue reading Egypt’s New Capital City: What Does it Entail?

End Game in Syria? Not so fast…The Worst could be yet to come.

Source: https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-04-29/three-reasons-why-syrias-civil-war-has-no-end-sight Will Marshall is a 1st year International Relations undergraduate student at King’s College London and MENA Editor for International Relations Today. As the Syrian Civil War entered its seventh gruelling year – some audacious statesmen, journalists and commentators had tentatively begun to suggest that the bloody conflict, which has claimed as many as 470,000 lives and involved, in some form or another, almost … Continue reading End Game in Syria? Not so fast…The Worst could be yet to come.