The United States is leaving Afghanistan: What happens next?

Eliza Guinness is a first year IR student at King’s College London. She is passionate about international affairs, economics, and language. She is also a sailor and lover of books and journalism who grew up learning from different cultures and points of view through travel. It is right to question the American presence in Afghanistan, and for many who do, they wonder why the U.S. … Continue reading The United States is leaving Afghanistan: What happens next?

Securitising COVID-19: is it just about a Virus?

Marcus Woodcock is a Franco-British second year International Relations student at King’s College London. He is interested in Central African affairs and Constructivist approaches to Contemporary Security Issues. It is easy to lose focus on exactly how COVID-19 has led to such a drastic political response worldwide. Why, when, how, and who decided that COVID-19 was a threat (or not)? More importantly, what are the … Continue reading Securitising COVID-19: is it just about a Virus?

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?

Mount Kumgang: Clash of Interests in Korean Peninsula

Colin is a Korean student studying BA International Relations as a Year 1 student. He has lived in East Asia – South Korea and China – for his entire life, and thus, is strongly interested in East Asian politics and diplomacy. On January 14th, Korean President Moon Jae-In, in his press conference for the new year, stated individual trips by Korean citizens to the Democratic People’s … Continue reading Mount Kumgang: Clash of Interests in Korean Peninsula

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

From Russia with Love: Agent Novichok, Russian and the UK

William Reynolds is a 3rd year War Studies student with interests in counterinsurgency, maritime security and contemporary British security. He has been Head of Operations for KCL Crisis 2018, acted as a King’s Research Fellow for Dr Whetham at the Centre of Military Ethics and is currently a Conservation Volunteer on HMS Belfast.  The poisoning of former Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) agent Sergei Skripal and … Continue reading From Russia with Love: Agent Novichok, Russian and the UK

End Game in Syria? Not so fast…The Worst could be yet to come.

Source: https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-04-29/three-reasons-why-syrias-civil-war-has-no-end-sight Will Marshall is a 1st year International Relations undergraduate student at King’s College London and MENA Editor for International Relations Today. As the Syrian Civil War entered its seventh gruelling year – some audacious statesmen, journalists and commentators had tentatively begun to suggest that the bloody conflict, which has claimed as many as 470,000 lives and involved, in some form or another, almost … Continue reading End Game in Syria? Not so fast…The Worst could be yet to come.

COUNTER-TERRORISM: WHY BRITAIN NEEDS A RADICAL NEW STRATEGY TO TACKLE THE ROOTS OF EXTREMISM

By William Marshall, a first year International Relations Undergraduate at King’s College London with a special interest in Terrorism, Middle Eastern politics, the politics of ‘failed states’ and British Foreign Policy.  2017 has in many ways been a year of unprecedented success in the incessant struggle against violent extremism. It has seen the dramatic collapse of the so-called Islamic State with Iraqi President Haider Al-Abadi recently … Continue reading COUNTER-TERRORISM: WHY BRITAIN NEEDS A RADICAL NEW STRATEGY TO TACKLE THE ROOTS OF EXTREMISM

Cold Waters: The Return of North Sea Dangers

William Reynolds is a 3rd Year War Studies undergraduate. He is interested in maritime history and security and is currently researching a dissertation on the role of the Royal Navy for British policy in the 1970s. Will has worked for the Centre of Military Ethics as a Kings Research Fellow, is currently a researcher for the Kings Middle East North Africa Forum and is head … Continue reading Cold Waters: The Return of North Sea Dangers

Catalonia: “Chronicle of a Coup Foretold

By Alfonso Goizueta Alfaro, a first year History and International Relations Undergraduate at King’s College London, and author of the diplomatic history book “Limitando el Poder, 1871-1939: Historia de la Diplomacia Occidental” The world was shocked on October 1st: many people were because the images of police charges against voters in Catalonia; Spain was because of the disloyal and rebellious course that a democratic institution, … Continue reading Catalonia: “Chronicle of a Coup Foretold