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The Despatch Box is a political journal published by the Royal Holloway Politics and International Relations Society, edited by IT/OJ Officer Jack Reason and President Eden Singh.
Established in 2016, the journal aims to provide students with a forum to broadcast their opinions and develop their political writing skills.
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Approaches towards China, Britain, and the Middle East indicate a change in substance from the Obama years, but the appointment of Avril Haines as the Director of National Intelligence also indicates a worrying shift in style, writes Pranoy Roy Choudhury.
Urging the public to be “alert but not alarmed”, Home Secretary Priti Patel has downplayed the threat to the country’s national security, but Grace Rollison argues that the move should not be seen as merely a precautionary measure.
The UK is lucky that it didn’t lose out by not participating in the EU’s vaccine procurement scheme, writes Alexander Hoffman.
The Israel-UAE Peace Agreement is not only the result of a sudden recognition of the similarities between the two nations but also a realisation of the mutual threat of Iran, writes George Wright.
Sarah Tennent writes from the position of a white person about the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism. This article contains petitions, places to donate and book recommendations for white people to educate themselves.
Jake Short writes on Transport for London’s billion pound bailout and the conflict between London’s regional powers, Labour and Conservatives going head to head, potentially repeating history.
Following from two weeks of nominations and voting, students have come together to recognise the lecturer and student who has gone above and beyond for PIR at Royal Holloway! Politics and International Relations Society are pleased to announce the lecturer PIR students recognised who had gone above and beyond their role, enriched student learning andContinue reading “Golden Apple Award Winners”
Courtney Bridges writes on the ‘new kind of journalism’ emerging throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
Joshua Castle writes on the relevance of George Orwell and the importance of language during the current COVID-19 crisis
Zafir Zafirov discusses the importance of Biden securing the vote of the Left in the upcoming election
Lewis Virgo writes on Keir Starmer’s victory and what the Labour party must learn from the 2019 General Election to improve in 2024.
How the ‘Washington Consensus’ allowed the global core to exploit the global periphery though unfair exchange from a World Systems Theory lens.
Josh Trood writes on the pitfalls of the Washington Consensus and the systematic explotation of countries in the global periphery
Ilija Dokmanovic highlights Trump’s recent foreign policy blunder, and US relations within the Middle East
Josh Trood writes on the potential political implications of the spread of the Coronavirus on elections and the economy
Sarah Tennent writes on the recent round of UCU strikes, Paul Layzell’s complacency, and what the future holds
Milo Dack writes regarding the double tax standards to which the EU holds Non-EU states, despite Ireland being a tax haven for Google, Facebook and many more international firms
Andrew Harris writes on the HS2 and its development under Boris Johnson
Georgie Day writes an important piece about the call for the end of the ‘consensual violence’ defence as another woman, Grace Millane, looses her life, and her murderer has a ‘valid’ defence
Josh Trood explores Pete Buttigieg as a possible radical candidate for the Democrats
Rhys Jones writes on the third anniversary of The Alan Turing Law, and how justice is still waiting for many gay men wrongfully convicted.
Sarah Tennent writes on the recent visit of Israeli Ambassador, Mark Regev, to Royal Holloway, hosted by Politics and International Relations Society.
On the 10th of January, Prof. Nicholas Allen announced that the recently resigned Speaker of the House of Commons would be gracing the hallowed halls of Royal Holloway with a talk by the name of ‘A Tale of Two Parliaments’. The day of his highly anticipated appearance at Holloway started at 7:58am when Prof. OliverContinue reading “A Tale of Two Parliaments: John Bercow joins Holloway Faculty”
On Monday 25th November Royal Holloway’s Politics and International Relations Society hosted the Runnymede and Weybridge candidate hustings. Find out about the candidates and their performance, who are hoping to win your vote at the General Election on December 12th.
On 24th May after just short of three years in office, Theresa May announced her resignation as Prime Minister. As of today she will no longer be Conservative Party leader and a leadership contest will formally begin on Monday to replace her. Outgoing Editor in Chief Thomas Sherlock reflects on May’s tenure and her legacy.
By Alexander Black Theresa May will resign on the June 7 triggering a leadership contest which will elect a leader who will ultimately have to bring the Conservative and Unionist Party back to its roots. They will have to answer one key question many have been unable to properly define under May’s premiership. This is:Continue reading “Why the next Tory leader should accept classic conservatism anew”
By Allen Wesson (Politics and Economics student at University of Surrey) Due to the current climate in the UK I am left wondering if this spell of warmer weather is a cruel trick played by the Gods to send more Patriotic Brexiteers to British holiday destinations this year, knowing full well that whatever happens onContinue reading “Varsity 2019: A Remainer’s Consideration of the Cons of the European Union”