Opinion

Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

A New Era of LSE SU Elections

A call for more increasing voter turnout and more substantiated campaigning in future elections By Hari Prabu In preparing to watch Lent Term elections unfold for a fourth time, cynicism was very much at the forefront of my mind. I…

Afghanistan’s Incompetent Army

Dire leadership, poor education and corruption: the Afghan army is performing poorly By Cameron Chippindale When NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan on December 28th 2014, few observers were deluded enough to have high hopes for the independent performance…

Division Will Prevail in Northern Ireland

Unionists losing majority at Stormont will not bring a new unity to the population By Alan Locke Seismic change is happening in Northern Ireland. On 3rd March, for the first time since its formation in 1925, Nationalist (pro-Irish reunification) parties…

Against Capital Punishment

Reject state-sanctioned murder, even if we accept individual responsibility By Eponine Howarth On December 2nd 2016, Nie Shubin was declared not guilty by the Supreme People’s Court, in Liaoning Province, China. It replaced the first verdict from 1995 which had judged…

Tensions Between Russia and the Baltic states

Invasion by the superpower is a realistic threat from President Putin By Cameron Chippindale Many commentators on post-cold war rivalries denounce the idea of a Russian invasion of the Baltic States as a preposterous fantasy of paranoid Russia-watchers. This is not…

Home’s Secretary’s Comments Divisive and Unhelpful

Firm, hardline politics carries with it a seductive appeal. It demonstrates a show of power and stability, and with a Labour Party in frantic disarray, this approach holds more sway than ever in capturing the minds and votes of the…