Pipeline politics in North Africa: when historical animosity leads to costly decisions

Radia Mernissi is an International Relations student, her Moroccan background make her particularly interested in North African politics and neo-imperialism. She is also passionate about International Law and its application to conflict and security. On the 24th of August 2021, Algeria officially declared it would cut diplomatic ties with its neighbouring country Morocco, stating that “the incessant hostile acts carried out by Morocco against Algeria have … Continue reading Pipeline politics in North Africa: when historical animosity leads to costly decisions

Prisoners of history: South Korea, Japan, and their common interests

Carlotta Rinaudo is a Master student of International Affairs at King’s College London with a strong interest in Asia-Pacific current affairs. South Korea and Japan could still be great security and trade partners, if only were they not engaged in a trade dispute that benefits no one. In July 2019, the Abe administration adopted a Trumpian measure by restricting exports to South Korea for three chemicals … Continue reading Prisoners of history: South Korea, Japan, and their common interests

Romania’s 100: new waves of patriotism and confessional grandeur

by Diana Ecaterina Borcea, final year King’s College London War Studies undergraduate and Europe Editor at International Relations Today. The 27th of March, the 15th of November and last but not least, the 1st of December 1918 marked three of the greatest milestones in the history of the Romanian state.[i] The Great Union was finally accomplished through the more than admirable works and efforts of … Continue reading Romania’s 100: new waves of patriotism and confessional grandeur

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

Military might: France’s ultimate grandeur?

By Pierre Dugué a first-year BA War Studies coming from France. He is interested in Western (Europe and U.S.) grand strategy, intelligence and counter-insurgency operations. French national ‘Bastille’ day’s military parade going down the Champs-Elysées France and war is a rather long story As we this year celebrate the centenary of the bravely-fought battles of Verdun and the Somme, France’s memoirs are nevertheless still overshadowed by … Continue reading Military might: France’s ultimate grandeur?