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Checks & Balances is the magazine of the study program “International Relations and International Organization” at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

A motivated and interested group of students and young professionals in global affairs writes about current topics in international politics. The articles also provide an insight and fresh view on varying issue areas such as Human Rights, Economics and Conflict. New posts and articles appear weekly and comments and feedback is greatly appreciated.

Browse around and contact us in case of questions, criticism and for further information.

The current editorial staff

Melany Avila Secretary

Casper de Boer Editor-in-Chief

Anouk Brekhof Lay-out

Sean Edward Cotter-Lem Web Editor / Copy Editor

Bjarn Eck Treasurer/Acquisition

Paula Köhler PR

Denise Overkleeft Reporter

Agathe Rialland Board Representative

Teun van der Horst Lay-out

Taylan Özver Reporter


  1. Hi,

    I am a masters student at RUG (International Security) and I was wondering do you if accept article submissions and if you do, are there style guidelines one should adhere too?

    Best Wishes,

    Jakob McKernan

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