The Line We Crossed: Six Years of Brexit

By Adam Bennett “We have, quite simply, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take back control of our country.”  Boris Johnson, speaking in 2016 Six years ago, Boris Johnson was not the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His ambition to change that fact was an open secret, but any route to doing so would pit him […]

Culture Politics

Ukraine Crisis: Why Putin Is Running Out Of Time

By Adam Bennett On Ukraine’s Eastern border, the unthinkable is slipping further from nightmares and closer to reality. With the buildup of Russian troops matched by increasing support from Western powers, a region sprawling from the edge of Belarus to the black sea has become a tinderbox surrounded by matches. There’s little doubt as to […]

Culture Society Technology

Everything Now: How Spotify Changed Music

By Adam Bennett Neil Young has never been one to suffer fools.  The iconic Canadian’s approach to his career is perhaps best described as ‘uncompromising’. Whilst a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he refused to be filmed during live performances of songs he didn’t rate – once informing a cameraman that “if one […]


The Great NHS Data Sale?

By Jude Holmes Last month, the UK government’s controversial plan to sell off data from NHS England was dramatically stopped at the last minute. Critics of the scheme were alarmed by how secretive the government’s approach to the topic was, and the potential for patient data to be used for marketing purposes. Despite the abrupt […]

Politics Society

Lula: From Disgraced Leader to Brazil’s Saviour?

By Nikhil Bandlish “In Brazil, a poor man goes to jail when he steals. When a rich man steals, he becomes a minister.”  Congressman Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 1988 Accurate? Fairly. Ironic? It would appear so. But for a number of precarious years, the Brazilian political system has been marred with turmoil; scandals, combative rhetoric […]


As US Troops Depart, Is Afghanistan on the Brink of Civil War?

By Joseph Eyre In March, The International delved into the then-imminent withdrawal from Afghanistan by the US and its allies. We examined the tremendous costs of the conflict so far and the modest but hard-won gains achieved across two decades of continuous war. Though fraught with risk and uncertainty, there was a glimmer of hope […]

The World In Review

May 2021: World In Review

In this series of articles, our political editor Colin McGinness provides a concise roundup of the biggest geopolitical events from the past month. Asia China has become the second country to successfully land and pilot a drone on the surface of Mars. The rover, called Zhurong, will operate for 92 days recording the topography of what may […]

Israel and Palestine Series Politics Society

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, May 2021: A Timeline of Events

By Katie Dominy The International is no stranger to covering events between Israel and Palestine. 12 months ago, we reported on the Israeli Government’s plans to annex large swathes of the West Bank, which has been under military occupation since 1967. Fast forward to 2021, and we embarked upon a series of articles detailing the […]

Covid-19 Politics

Can ‘Super Mario’ Draghi Level-Up Italy?

By Adam Bennett “Within our mandate, the European Central Bank is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.” Mario Draghi, speaking as ECB President in 2012 With those words, the story goes, Mario Draghi set in motion a chain of events which rescued the euro. […]


How The Suez Accident Changed Global Trade

By Sophie Nepali Due to high winds and a dust storm, the Ever Given – known to be one of the world’s largest container ships – found itself stuck across the Suez Canal on March 23rd. As a result, global trade was devastated for six days.  In addition to social media hilarity, this triggered an […]