Historically neutral Helsinki and Stockholm may consider joining NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Caroline Bouisse is a second-year History and International Relations student at King’s College London. She is passionate about American and European politics and geopolitics. NATO membership for Finland and Sweden would have significant repercussions, and European security warned Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. For her part, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the decision would be taken “in the next few weeks”. However, … Continue reading Historically neutral Helsinki and Stockholm may consider joining NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Sectarianism reigning supreme? Lebanon’s 2022 Parliamentary elections

Celine Madaghjian is a second year International Relations student at Kings College London. She believes that understanding the implications of the region’s current and rapidly evolving politics is vital to our understanding of International Relations. She is passionate about analysing the sectarianism and geopolitics of the Middle East, as well as the effects of GCC relations on the regional and international scale.  The Lebanese government … Continue reading Sectarianism reigning supreme? Lebanon’s 2022 Parliamentary elections

How trust is central to peace negotiations between the EU and Putin

Marion is a second-year International Relations student at King’s College London. With strong interests in diplomacy, strategy, and european politics broadly, she is currently the European editor of International Relations today. While finding how to end the fighting will be an international priority in the coming weeks, the Russo-Ukrainian war reaches levels of violence never seen before. Since 24th February, missile strikes and shootings have targeted … Continue reading How trust is central to peace negotiations between the EU and Putin

Russia-Ukraine war: the vulnerabilities of strategic thinking in Europe

Marion is a second-year International Relations student at King’s College London. With strong interests in diplomacy, strategy, and european politics broadly, she is currently the European editor of International Relations today. Strategic thinking is “the first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish…the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking … Continue reading Russia-Ukraine war: the vulnerabilities of strategic thinking in Europe

Israel and Iran: bringing grey zone warfare out of the shadows?

Sarah Kuszynski is a graduate of Durham University, with an interest in global security, technology and Middle Eastern affairs. She is also passionate about the promotion of free speech on campuses. The views expressed are the author’s own. Israel and Iran, once tentative allies, have now been major regional rivals for well over three decades. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, Iran’s anti-Zionism has ballooned, … Continue reading Israel and Iran: bringing grey zone warfare out of the shadows?

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?