NATO, Russia, and Europe’s Chessboard: How Mutual Distrust Will Lead to Conflict

Russia intervened in Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014, and its behaviour towards Ukraine is just a small component of a much larger regional manoeuvre to push NATO away. Its strategy includes hybrid warfare as a way to weaken what it perceives as US-led NATO expansion. Like in Ukraine, Russia is escalating its presence in the Baltics, as a response to what it believes is NATO aggression. Continue reading “NATO, Russia, and Europe’s Chessboard: How Mutual Distrust Will Lead to Conflict”

Trump Cuts Aid to Pakistan: the Future of US-Pakistan Relations

In the ringing of the new year, President Trump released a new foreign policy statement via Twitter regarding America’s aid to Pakistan. Aid to Pakistan “no more!” as their “lies and deceit” can no longer be tolerated, typed Trump.[1] Newspapers such as The Independent headlined: “Trump’s first tweet of 2018 sparks crisis in Pakistan”.[2] Over two months later, the question remains: what lies in store for US-Pakistani relations? Continue reading “Trump Cuts Aid to Pakistan: the Future of US-Pakistan Relations”

Spare Some Change? Countering UK Homelessness

Homelessness is a pressing and complex issue, with causes ranging from financial struggles to mental health problems, including addiction. At the very visible end of this growing crisis, increasing numbers of people are facing biting-cold nights on the streets. Current data shows an increase of 15% from 2016 to 2017 in rough-sleeping, and the number of rough-sleepers in Britain has more than doubled since 2010.[1] Homelessness statistics serve as a litmus test to a society’s failure – or, more pertinently, a government’s inability – to provide a holistic tranche of viable policies that seek to care and provide for this marginalised community. Continue reading “Spare Some Change? Countering UK Homelessness”

The UK and European Competition Law

In light of Brexit, the UK will not be able to remain in the EU’s  single market. However, since the UK was member of this market for roughly four decades, we are faced with a dilemma regarding the status of the UK with regards to EU Competition Law. The UK recognizes both that competition law is essential to good business and to trade relations, in particular in light of these uncertain times (where this has not developed as quickly in the EU as would be desired). Continue reading “The UK and European Competition Law”

Do No Harm: Evaluating Proposals for US Intervention in the South China Sea

The South China Sea has long been a focal point in US-China relations. Home to large fishing grounds and abundant oil reserves, the sea provides most food and energy to its 620 million inhabitants and serves as a waterway for 1/3rd of global maritime trade, $1.2 trillion of which travels either to or from the US. But all is not well in paradise.  Continue reading “Do No Harm: Evaluating Proposals for US Intervention in the South China Sea”

Brexit: Turmoil for our NHS?

There is little doubt that Brexit is a decision that polarised our nation in a way few decisions ever have before. As the primary source of much recent political, social and economic turmoil, Brexit’s implications are far reaching. Indeed, few doubt that its backlash will affect all corners of life within the UK. But with so much uncertainty shrouding the Brexit negotiations, what will this mean for health in Britain and our NHS in particular?  Continue reading “Brexit: Turmoil for our NHS?”

The Policy and Making of Smart Contracts in English Law

It is often taken for granted the fact that law and policy are inextricably intertwined. A general member of the public would more or less identify policy as the pattern of reasoning behind a government or organisation’s actions. Yet what we often forget is that the implementation of a certain law is also a stellar example of policy. This is especially the case in England, where previous court rulings, known as “Common Law” serve as integral precedents to every legal judgement in the country (primarily because English law has no formal codification). In this article,  the President of the Law Policy Centre at King’s Think Tank has chosen to  explore “The Policy and Making of Smart Contracts in English Law”, specifically in relation to “Exclusion Clauses”. Continue reading “The Policy and Making of Smart Contracts in English Law”

Sexual Education in Kyrgyzstan: A Western Phenomenon?

Sexual education has long been neglected in many regions across the world. While some countries, including England, have made sexual education a compulsory subject for school curriculums, others continue to lag behind  in the implementation of such crucial education policies. The Central Asian region in particular suffer from the need to implement high quality sex education throughout schools in order to avoid growing adolescent fertility and HIV rates.  Continue reading “Sexual Education in Kyrgyzstan: A Western Phenomenon?”

The Living Wage: A Welcome Increase or Simply a Fantasy?

Many of us are infatuated with the idea of making money. The issue of how much we earn affects us all at some point or another in our lives.  It is to some extent, inevitable. After all, money does make the world go round! This is why the Living Wage has become such a major issue in the current political climate, leaving us with the question : Has the idea of moving to a Living Wage, from our current National Minimum Wage, made many people think of their own selfish needs over the good of the British economy as a whole?  Continue reading “The Living Wage: A Welcome Increase or Simply a Fantasy?”