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.

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”

Political profiles – Sebastian Kurz: Future leader of Europe?

Mengtao Zhao is in his second year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a focus on global energy industry, the Middle East, and East Asia. He previously received education in China and the United States. Mengtao has extensive internship experiences at public, legal, private, and academic sectors and he is currently a legal intern at a prestigious law firm. He is also a remote intern … Continue reading Political profiles – Sebastian Kurz: Future leader of Europe?

Argentina’s ticking debt cycle

Paula Arrus is a second year International Relations student at King’s College London and a Staff Writer for International Relations Today. Image source: https://www.ft.com/content/9161f0c0-caff-11e9-a1f4-3669401ba76f In the past, sovereign defaults in emerging markets were mainly associated with financial crisis in the rich world as the former were practically unable to shield themselves from the latter’s spillover effects. However, now sovereign defaults have been influenced by a … Continue reading Argentina’s ticking debt cycle

The State of American Soft Power Under Trump’s Leadership

By Emma Steenbjerg Raun, a 2nd year International Relations student at King’s College London, currently studying abroad at the University of California Irvine, with a special interest in American politics and foreign Policy. When President Trump delivered his inaugural address in January 2017, we saw the first step toward an America increasingly isolated from the international community as Trump touted the forceful message of “America … Continue reading The State of American Soft Power Under Trump’s Leadership

Made Democracy strong again

By Julia Huentemann, 3rd year Student in International Relations and Editor-in-Chief of International Relations Today.  Following the presidential elections on November 8th, 2016, the United States held its Midterm Elections on Tuesday November 5th, while the world was eagerly watching how America voted halfway through Trump’s term in office. What mandates stood for election? Both chambers of Congress, the Senate (consisting of 100 Senators, two … Continue reading Made Democracy strong again

100th Anniversary of the First Czechoslovak Republic

Lucie Škopková is a 2nd year Student at King’s College London studying European Politics with a special interest in Central and Eastern European Politics. The day of October 28th, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the First Czechoslovak Republic. The Republic emerged amidst the economic hardships and sociopolitical turmoil following World War I. under the presidency of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and its … Continue reading 100th Anniversary of the First Czechoslovak Republic

China’s Greater Bay Area: How infrastructure will influence the future of the world’s most densely populated area and beyond

Louis Hobbs Martin is a 2nd year International Relations student at King’s College London with a particular interest in China and South East Asia Region. Autumn 2018 is seeing the inauguration of two key infrastructure projects in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in the Chinese province of Guangdong, southern China. The new Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) was inaugurated on September 22nd, linking Hong … Continue reading China’s Greater Bay Area: How infrastructure will influence the future of the world’s most densely populated area and beyond

The end of ‘Rajoyismo’: the downfall of non-ideological technocracy in Spain

Excma. Sra. Da. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría takes her oath as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Presidency and Territorial Administrations before H.M. King Felipe VI, November 4th 2016. Alfonso Goizueta Alfaro is a 2nd year student of History and International Relations at King’s College London and also the author of Limitando el poder, 1871-1939 and of Los últimos gobernantes de Castilla, with an interest … Continue reading The end of ‘Rajoyismo’: the downfall of non-ideological technocracy in Spain

Opinion | The Importance of Diplomacy in the Era of Trump

Jack Lashendock is a Second Year student at Gettysburg College in America. He currently serves as the President of his school’s International Affairs Association and Model United Nations team (IAA/MUN) and a Senator in the Gettysburg College Student Senate. He is pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Political Science and a double minor in History and Middle East and Islamic Studies. His area … Continue reading Opinion | The Importance of Diplomacy in the Era of Trump