Who controls the weather: God or the CCP?

Julia Hoffmann is a 1st year International Relations student at King’s College London and the East Asia Editor for IR Today. Having grown up in China, she has always been keenly interested in the country’s history and the contemporary political developments that will shape the future of the globalized world. With the covid-19 pandemic dominating international headlines in 2020 and 2021, many important political news … Continue reading Who controls the weather: God or the CCP?

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

Questioning the Effectiveness of Environmental Regime: The Case of Japan

Colin Jun is a first-year IR student at King’s from South Korea. His interest relates to the vital issues facing the Asia-Pacific region, from security concerns of East Asia to development in SE Asia. Japanese Minister of the Environment Shinjiro Koizumi stated in COP25 meeting that Japan has a plan to build coal-fired plants continuously. The justification behind this decision was simple: As the economic … Continue reading Questioning the Effectiveness of Environmental Regime: The Case of Japan

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

Chinese Foreign Policy – On Climate Change and Fortuitous Gains

By Alexander Johannes, 2nd year Maths with Economics student at University College London who has completed a course in Chinese Foreign Policy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this summer. During an address at the United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 29th 2018, Secretary-General Antònio Guterres stated what it generally regarded as a universal truth, “Climate change is still moving much faster than we … Continue reading Chinese Foreign Policy – On Climate Change and Fortuitous Gains

The Dragon visits the land of Uncle Sam

By Yiming Yu, a Shanghai native currently studying International Relations at King’s College London.  When President Xi Jinping cited Sleepless in Seattle and The Old Man and the Sea in his inaugural visit to the United States, the kindness he portrayed attempted to wash over increasing hostilities in Sino-US relationship. Though Xi and Obama tried to create a façade of genuine friendship, the visit by … Continue reading The Dragon visits the land of Uncle Sam