Idlib, Turkey, and the Lessons for Counter-insurgency

Oscar Royer is a second year History and International Relations student at KCL. The region of Idlib in North-eastern Syria has captured the news in the past months as the last bastion of Jihadism. Hopes are high that when circumscribed to a smaller space, fighting can be contained more easily and tensions finally resolved. While some parties see this as an opportunity to finally crush … Continue reading Idlib, Turkey, and the Lessons for Counter-insurgency

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

Beyond 2020 – the Past and the Next 50 Years of the NTP: Niranjan Jose

Niranjan Jose is a third-year law student pursuing BBA LLB from NLUO. He is a national level debater with a keen interest in International Relations. At law school, Jose has exposed himself to a variety of subjects such as Contemporary International Politics, International Monetary Economics, and International Trade law. He has presented papers at the 5th International Conference on Social Sciences 2018 and 7th International … Continue reading Beyond 2020 – the Past and the Next 50 Years of the NTP: Niranjan Jose

Political Profiles – Adel Al-Jubeir: the Diplomat Who Links Saudi Arabia to the West

Mengtao Zhao is in his second year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was invited to visit Saudi Arabia in September 2019, where he met with HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal, HH Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, and leaders of industries. He also has extensive internship experiences in private, public, legal, and academic sectors. Mengtao is a staff writer at IR Today and an editor at KCL Dialogue magazine.  Education … Continue reading Political Profiles – Adel Al-Jubeir: the Diplomat Who Links Saudi Arabia to the West

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

The new wave of protests in Middle East: Is 2019 seeing a new Arab Spring?

Aïcha El Alaoui is a second-year International Relations Student from Morocco. Her article examines the debate on the return of the Arab Spring in the light of the 2019 protests which took over the MENA region. Aïcha follows current affairs on a regular basis but has a special interest in the MENA region.   Iraqi Protesters have been demonstrating since October 1st, leaving 319 people … Continue reading The new wave of protests in Middle East: Is 2019 seeing a new Arab Spring?

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

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

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