Power in Europe and the race to cure Coronavirus

Amidst the severe economic chaos brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, one industry has emphatically weathered the downturn. Working closely with leading scientific researchers and reinforced by a dramatic upsurge in financial backing, the vaccination industry is brimming with determined confidence. Indeed, a Morgan Stanley report reveals at least six viable organisations striving to develop an effective treatment. Worth $10-30bn during the pandemic, projections indicate … Continue reading Power in Europe and the race to cure Coronavirus

Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Archishman Ray Goswami is a second-year student studying the BA International Relations Programme. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the KCL Geopolitical Risk Society. In Part Three of this series, he looks at Morocco’s considerations regarding regional conflicts and how that places her vis-à-vis Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This series discusses Morocco’s foreign policy in a post-Coronavirus world and looks at her relations … Continue reading Lessons in Diplomatic Tightrope-Walking: Moroccan objectives and concerns in a post-COVID geopolitical environment

Felicien Kabuga, the financier of the Rwandan genocide caught in France 26 years later; a trial that may reveal buried secrets about the last genocide of the 20th century

Pauline is a first year History and International Relations student at Kings College London and the Sub-Saharan Africa editor for International Relations Today. On the 16th of May 2020, Felicien Kabuga was eventually caught in France after running from international justice for twenty-six years. This Rwandan millionaire was one of the instigators of the genocide occurred in Rwanda in 1994 that caused the death of … Continue reading Felicien Kabuga, the financier of the Rwandan genocide caught in France 26 years later; a trial that may reveal buried secrets about the last genocide of the 20th century

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”   Read the first installation here: https://irtodayblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/book-review-the-light-that-failed-why-the-west-is-losing-the-fight-for-democracy/   Part 2 Last week- in the first part of our book review- we looked at Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes’ analysis of … Continue reading Book Review: “The Light That Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy”

The ‘Unstringing’ of a ‘String of Pearls’ – Part Three: The Hoax of ASEAN Collectivity?

Marcus is a final year International Relations student and the former East Asia Regional Editor for KCL International Relations Today. He previously served as the President & Senior Editor at King’s College London Geopolitical Risk Society. His research interests include historical and modern-day imperialism, British imperial policy and decolonisation movements in the postwar period. Read more of his work here. SIX PART SERIES: THE ‘UNSTRINGING’ OF … Continue reading The ‘Unstringing’ of a ‘String of Pearls’ – Part Three: The Hoax of ASEAN Collectivity?

Testing solidarity: The European recovery effort and ‘coronabonds’

William is a second year Classics student at King’s College London with an internship at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall. His interests include politics and diplomacy; in particular British foreign policy and the political interaction between European countries. In such uncertain and profound times for the economies within the European Union, foundational principles of cohesion and cooperation are being tested. Ongoing financial rescue package talks … Continue reading Testing solidarity: The European recovery effort and ‘coronabonds’

Why Trump’s WHO Decision Should Come as No Surprise

Michael Head is an incoming third year History and International Relations student at King’s College London.  Speaking to an increasingly beleaguered press corps and nation, U.S. President Donald Trump announced April 14th that his Administration would cease—with immediate effect—funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) because Trump accuses the WHO of “severely mismanaging” the coronavirus outbreak and “covering up” the full extent of the virus’ … Continue reading Why Trump’s WHO Decision Should Come as No Surprise

Part Two: Of Pandemics, Crime, Immigration and the ghost of Comrade Dozorov

Archishman Ray Goswami is a first-year student studying the BA International Relations Programme at King’s. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the King’s College London Geopolitical Risk Society Blog for the year 2020-21. In this article, he looks at the underlying causes of tension characterising what most policymakers at first glance appear to view as one of the enduring alliances of 21stcentury geopolitics- the relationship … Continue reading Part Two: Of Pandemics, Crime, Immigration and the ghost of Comrade Dozorov

How will Coronavirus reshape Human Security?

The potential abuse of Mass Surveillance as a political tool would not have a uniform impact on the International System. In a recent Financial Times article ‘The World after Coronavirus’, the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari had raised significant concerns regarding Human Security in the face of mass surveillance technologies used to tackle the global spread of COVID-19. While he affirmed that: “yes, the storm will pass, … Continue reading How will Coronavirus reshape Human Security?

A New Global Order in the making

Paula Arrus is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London and a Staff Writer for International Relations Today. The Coronavirus pandemic has taken over every aspect of human life. As most news outlets around the world report bleak information daily, we have seemed to forget that every crisis shapes history and with it come great opportunities for people to innovate and prevent … Continue reading A New Global Order in the making