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The Despatch Box is a political journal published by the Royal Holloway Politics and International Relations Society, edited by Editors-In-Chief Adila Hilmi and PIRSOC President Ben Askew.
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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London vs Beijing: How a pathway to British Citizenship has ignited a diplomatic dispute over Hong Kong
Hong Kong has long been a valued bridge between China and the West. Over the past 18 months, however, the former British colony has increasingly become a stage for China to showcase a more aggressive foreign policy, argues Ben Askew.
The message of how vital the need for reform is to the future of Indian farming finds itself lost in an echo chamber that prioritises the convenience of virtue signalling over a self-evident good, writes Pranoy Roy Choudhury.
The women who came before us endured a long struggle for the rights that we enjoy today; that won’t be over until every woman in every corner of the world enjoys the same rights, writes Eden Singh.
Unless wealthy nations take continued steps to address the far-reaching inequalities in vaccine supply, the world will continue to live with this disease and its consequences well into the future, writes Ben Askew.
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.
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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.
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