Global Affairs

Is TikTok promoting the exotic pet trade?

You may have become familiar with exotic animal trends while scrolling through TikTok, as animals like foxes, raccoons, kinkajous, and monkeys have become a new kind of influencer. However, these viral videos can be incredibly dangerous as they entice the public to regard these animals as cute and cuddly, painting a very different picture to Read More…

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The Indian activists fighting to help child brides and grooms win their lives back

Content Warning: Child marriage, mentioning of physical and sexual violence. One of India’s most successful campaigners against child marriage, Kriti Bharti, runs a one-woman hotline for underage brides and grooms in northwestern India. Her name and number are printed in newspaper articles touting her unique approach: instead of only preaching against the illegal marriages, she Read More…

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Never in Isolation: HMS Defender, COVID-19 and illusions of control in Putin’s Russia

It was bound to happen. A Royal Navy destroyer on a routine voyage through the Black Sea decided to steam past Cape Fiolent, the southern peninsula of Russian-occupied Crimea. It triggered a frosty response by Russian border guards, and brusque words were exchanged between the British and Russian governments. Of course, respective accounts differed. The Read More…

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G7- A Colossal Failure for Environmental Action and Investment

With little more than six months until UNCOP26, international figures and governments need to raise ambition and work constructively worldwide to deliver climate action and mitigation against environmental degradation and biodiversity loss on a global scale. The existing commitments of international governments still need to be made more ambitious to keep warming to 1.5C and Read More…

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Packing the Court: Impossibility, Necessity, or Both?

Since Biden’s victory, it has become increasingly clear that in order to effect the change the country needs, Democrats must overcome the most powerful part of Trump’s legacy – his three Supreme Court appointments. The latest proof of this is the renewed discourse over Roe v Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision which guarantees women’s Read More…

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Calling Europe: The Continent in 2021

Since then-U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supposedly asked ‘who do I call if I want to call Europe?’ in the mid-1970s, the meaning of Europe has remained intensely contested. Can Europe be equated with anything deeper or more transcendent than the institutions of the European Union whilst remaining a valuable concept? Is Europe – Read More…

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Nord Stream 2: Security versus sustainability

Depending on where you look Nord Stream 2 is presented as a sustainable way to ensure European energy security for Russian intelligence collation and investigation through coercive investigation on buildings sites. With construction underway and Germany attempting to downplay criticism of the project, concerns over geopolitics remain.  Energy security is necessary for a country’s development, Read More…

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Eurovision voting politics: British excuse or reality?

Some viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest are quick to jump on the idea of tactical or political voting. Particularly, as the United Kingdom has scored 26th place (last) in the Grand Final in the last two shows, people are quick to blame our poor placement on international relations, or Brexit. The Eurovision Song Contest Read More…

A photo of Mount Nyiragongo's glowing, smoking lava lake during the recent eruption
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Nyiragongo- Disaster For Goma

Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. With an extensive lava lake and eruptions producing viscous lava flows and ash fall out, the volcano is a significant hazard to surrounding populations. This volcano has a history of damaging land be it agricultural or settlement; the Goma disaster in January 2002 destroyed much of the Goma Read More…