Imagine that with some simple words, you can understand the world. I want to invite you to the heart of the international dynamics. It will be a lot of fun..since I tend to compare the world diplomacy with sport's blunders. Let the game begin!
Part-time student in International Relations in the Netherlands and always on the move to find the the right kick for his urge for adventure. Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Western Germany created a character without roots, making it easier to see every couch or bed in another country as one's own. To him experience is more important than knowledge.
I enjoy finding stories, meeting people, experiencing the world and then share it not only on social media, but also by writing blogs. Currently I study "International Relations" at the University of Groningen with special interests in environmental issues, human rights and European integration.
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.
As third a year IRIO student I have found my interest in cultures, languages and art. I aim to provide you with articles about striking events that ocurred and make you think a little to form your opinion on any matter. As you can see this website is full of wide-ranging interesting articles, so definitely read on!
Coen is a fourth year International Relations student. Focusing on Technology, Philosophy and Politics, he tries to bring you interesting articles that challenge your view of the world and hopefully make you look towards the future. In his personal life his greatest joy is playing Lacrosse for the Groningen Gladiators
Denise Overkleeft is a first year student of International Relations and International Organization. As reporter, she is responsible for writing news as it happens. She hopes to reveal the mountains beyond the tip of the iceberg.
Master student in Human Rights & Democratisation - Venice, Italy & Thessaloniki, Greece. Passionate about the possibilities of language(s), convinced of the beauty of cultural exchange. Eternally curious.
my name is Freya and I am currently a third-year Bachelor student of IRIO.
As beautiful as Groningen is, right now I am not in this beautiful city, but rather 16479 km away at the other end of the world, in Canberra, Australia.
I would like to give you an insight in my life here and maybe help you with some advice if you plan to spend your semester abroad in Australia.
Feel free to read, comment or ask questions.
I can assure you one thing: Australia really is the most beautiful country in the world.
Kristina is a graduate of International Relations and International Organisations. She is currently working at the Centre for Language and Culture, University of Groningen, where she teaches Public Speaking in Various Cultural Contexts.
Studying international relations in the Netherlands and on a mission to learn as much as possible about the people of this planet. Born and raised in Berlin, but also lived in France, New Zealand and heading to Greece soon - I can say from experience that prejudices hinder a good story from being heard.
Lydia Walter is at the moment doing her bachelor in IRIO with a special interest in history, human rights and languages. Curiosity about different cultures and people motivate her to travel and read as much as possible.
My interest of research focuses on subjects related to system inequality expressed in lack of participatory democracy, geopolitical dynamics, and impacts of economic sanctions. I like to think of writing as a way of critically reflecting upon conditions that are generally perceived as immutable. As such writing is the first step to create a space for a differentiated dialogue.
While I’m new to the Checks&Balances team, to the IRIO programme and even to the city of Groningen, my interest in the world has eminent for as far as I can remember. As this is an extroadinary time in history to read about the extroadinary things happening in the world of global politics, I feel priviliged having the opportunity to share my enthousiasm and guide you through the subtle causes of headlines and the huge consequences of unheard phenomena.
Religion, American politics, hip hop music, human rights, international law, minorities, crime; as a third year IRIO student I am interested in a lot of different things. When writing for Checks&Balances I try to pick those topics that I think will interest you and provide you with a background of the daily news. Be sure to check out this website regularly for new articles!
Pia Dijkstra is a fourth year student of International Relations and International Organisation. She is currently finishing her bachelor's degree and has a specific interest in media and democratisation.
Ruerd Haringsma, 5th year Master student of International Relations at the University of Groningen, traveler, part-time adventurer and reader of books, searches the deep, dark caverns of the internet to bring you the most fresh, astounding and arcane news of international relations. He also has a beard.
Sander is an IRIO student with a distinct interest in IPE topics in order to deconstruct the quandary of economic development. He has done voluntary work in Mozambique and Ecuador, travelled through South-America and spent some time in Cuba.
Sean Cotter-Lem is a first year student of International Relations and International Organization. Through his writing, he hopes to capture some of the nuances of contemporary international relations in print, following the sage advice of this timeless quotation: "A news story should be like a mini skirt on a pretty woman. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting." You can follow him on Twitter: @scotlem7
As a second-year student I try to bring you some exceptional IRIO stories. Be ready to hear about topics as varied as minority and religious politics as well as the economic background of world politics.
Intuitive wanderer. Third year bachelor in IRIO. Particularly interested in observing the world and its self-empowerement capabilities. Reading and writing are my full time hobbies. I hope that i contribute to this journal in the best ways.