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Author Archives: Casper De Boer

Casper De Boer
My name is Casper de Boer, a first year IR student, who is willing to discover all the beauty and ugliness that the world that we're living on has to offer. I am new to the Checks & Balances team, I'll be handling the lay-out of the magazine and write an monthly article. Moreover I am currently working on a first novel. I hope that my addition to the team may open new paths to you as reader. Understanding the world around ourselves is a complex task, fortunately it is equally fascinating at the same time.

An Equation with Two Unknowns – How the unconventional 2017 presidentials brought about insecurity and hope

For several decades, the French presidentials have been one vested in traditions – From the different party preliminaries to the massive meetings in the weeks before the first round of the presidentials. At first glance this year’s French elections did not seem to make up for a very different campaign. However, when the all too common countdown moment was set ... Read More »

Oversimplification in the era of Complexity – On Twitter’s Role in Reconceptualising Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Back in 2010, Twitter’s total network encompassed over nearly 30 million monthly active users. Nowadays, that number has increased to over 317 million. Little doubt exists, Twitter is booming. But since recently, the platform seems to have developed itself on yet unexplored grounds. Politicians, president-elect Donald Trump leading the dance, seem to have grown fond of the platform and its ... Read More »

Designing the Future- An introduction to Daan Roosegaarde

It is in the unmistakeable Dutch name of Daan Roosegaarde, that we find one of the most talented Dutch designers of the past decade. With his thin and seemingly vulnerable body, sunken eyes and his wrests that are as thin as a piece of bamboo, Roosegaarde resembles a lot to a character straight out one of German expressionist Egon Schiele’s ... Read More »

Tinder: how consumerism drastically altered the way we love

Tinder stands for 24 million users, of whom 30% are already married and 12% are already in a relationship. 70% of these ‘love seekers’ already have an account on another dating site and on Tinder, the chance that they would find a match is approximately 1%. But how do applications such as Tinder change our contemporary society? Tinder, infinite choice ... Read More »

The Day Bowie Brought the Wall Down

‘The Day Bowie Brought the Wall Down’-David Bowie’s political heritage- ‘Look up here, I’m in Heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama that can’t be stolen, Everybody knows me now’, the first lines of David Bowie’s final single, Lazarus, could not have described the events that occurred on the 10th of January in a better way. ... Read More »

The Man Who Turned Fiction Into Reality?

-An article on Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission and a changing France- Paris, the night of the 6th of January 2015. Michel Houellebecq, enfant-terrible of the French literary world, is sitting in his hotel room in expectation of something big to happen. In the past months Houellebecq has locked himself up in his house on the Réunion Islands in order to work ... Read More »

Torn Apart: how the Korean War destroyed a story of Love

‘’What greater punishment is there than life when you’ve lost everything that made it worth living?’’, Shakespeare wrote in his play Romeo and Juliet. These thoughts must have crossed more than once the mind of Mr Kim, the protagonist of this story. Mr. Kim was a Korean citizen that suffered from the Japanese rule over his native country from 1910 ... Read More »