Beatitudes for a Tough Year

CW: This post mentions death, mental health, and violence. Readers’ discrection is advised. 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,Continue reading “Beatitudes for a Tough Year”

America’s Last Chance? A Reflection on the 2020 Election

Growing up, I was fascinated by my American heritage. Proud to say that I wasn’t just British, I was constantly researching Washington State (where my father is from) and thinking about what it would be like to live there. I’ve twice had the privilege to visit my family there and some of my fondest memoriesContinue reading “America’s Last Chance? A Reflection on the 2020 Election”

IR Made Easy: The Israel–United Arab Emirates Peace Agreement

In a surprise statement from US President Donald Trump this week, it was announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have signed an historic peace deal aimed at normalising relations between the two nations. Coming at a time of heightened regional tensions surrounding Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, theContinue reading “IR Made Easy: The Israel–United Arab Emirates Peace Agreement”

IR Made Easy: The Riyadh Agreement on Yemen

Since withdrawing from the Riyadh Agreement in January 2020 in protest against violence in Shabwa province and declaring self-rule in April 2020, southern separatists in Yemen, known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC), have now announced that they will abandon their aspirations of autonomy in order to implement the peace deal with the government ofContinue reading “IR Made Easy: The Riyadh Agreement on Yemen”

IR Made Easy: Lebanon’s Economic Crisis

Countries around the world are struggling to cope with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Lebanon was heading towards crisis before the virus became an issue. Once admired as a beacon of stability in an increasingly unstable region, Lebanon is facing an unprecedented economic crash and a massive rise in poverty. So what’sContinue reading “IR Made Easy: Lebanon’s Economic Crisis”

The Silent Majority – Why Iranians Didn’t Vote

On 21 February Iranians voted in the Republic’s eleventh parliamentary elections, yielding a landslide victory for conservatives in the 290-Seat majlis. However, the country saw its lowest turn-out since the 1979 Revolution with ballot boxes being boycotted by reformists. The mass disqualification of reformists and incumbents, paired with growing domestic dissatisfaction towards the governing regimeContinue reading “The Silent Majority – Why Iranians Didn’t Vote”