We are calling for aspiring writers and contributors to our newest publication, Crossing the Geopolitical Rubicon: Assessing the Risks in a post-COVID Age which will be published in late September 2020. This will be our very first collaborative project with KCL International Relations Today. This opportunity is also extended towards the chance of being featured in our newest editorial installation – a podcast series which we will launch in conjunction with this Special Report.
The report aims to discuss the different risks associated with a post-COVID political future in different regions. Contributors will use regional geopolitics as a base for their articles and link them with other forms of risk i.e., financial risk, political risk, environmental risk. We have listed some examples below:
A report article of no more than 1,200 words with a regional focus:
- Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- North/Central America
- Sub-Saharan/Southern Africa
- Western Europe
- South/Central Asia
- East/Southeast Asia
- Russia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans
Nonetheless, we recognise that risks and impacts of Coronavirus are transboundary and may ‘spill out’, the report will dedicate an article spread for the international/transnational impacts and risks:
- Transnational risks and impacts
|Example 1: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)|
Israel’s economy is heavily driven by financial services- so given Netanyahu’s attempt to use the Covid 19 pandemic to contemplate an annexation of the West Bank, what would the impact be on Israeli stock market? What’s the geopolitical impact of the coronavirus on the financial sector, and what does this in turn mean for her economy/geopolitical ambitions in the Middle East? Can it result in firms moving out of Israel to other countries, and could this strengthen countries such as Jordan, which despite a peace treaty looks to regain its lost territory from Israel? What are the overall consequences of such financial risk on regional stability?
|Example 2: Latin America and the Caribbean|
A geopolitical analysis of Coronavirus in Cuba, and how Cuban doctors in Brazil or Italy have helped Cuba exert her global influence using soft power, which had been a feature of the Fidel Castro’s era but not so much anymore.
And if Brazil under Bolsonaro, which has so far been anti-Cuba, has now opened up during the coronavirus, can one assume that Brazil would help back up Cuba in the OAS? Could Cuba’s soft power during the pandemic translate into attitudes softening towards it regarding the US sanctions re-imposed by the Trump administrations? What consequences would this have on Cuba’s domestic politics?
We ask that you let us know your top three regional selections*, send in a piece of sample work as well as a brief pitch** to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 June 2020. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us or message us on Facebook
* Unfortunately, due to the limitations of one writer per region, we might not be able to offer you your top selection. However, we will try to allocate you with your preferred selections.
** Please write us a very brief pitch on only your top regional selection which would outline what you intend to discuss and some very brief points about your arguments