The Economic Crisis: Ecuador’s Truncated Alternatives

Author: Dr. María Gabriela Palacio Given the interconnectedness of Latin American economies with global markets, the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are manifold. Lockdown measures have disrupted global value chains; both goods and services. The volumes and values traded globally have severely decreased, also affecting merchandising and insurance. Given its production structure, the region…

Cannot Be Unseen: Inequality in Latin America in the Time of COVID-19 – Case Study Brazil

Author: Dr. María Gabriela Palacio 'I don't think we did go blind; I think we are blind.Blind but seeing, blind people who can see, but do not see.' ― José Saramago, Blindness In early April, Arundhati Roy compared the virus with a chemical experiment that suddenly illuminated all the hidden things:. The levels of precarity,…

Things I wish I knew Before I started International Studies: Kelly Musyoka

In this series, the senior members of BAISmag reflect on their experiences in studying IS and provide advice for the incoming first-year students. This week, Website Manager Kelly Musyoka gives some tips on dealing with self-doubt surrounding a new study programme.  When I started studying International Studies last year, I had just transferred after attending…

Things I wish I knew Before I started International Studies: Kira Paynter

In this series, the senior members of BAISmag reflect on their experiences in studying IS and provide advice for the incoming first-year students. This week, Managerial Editor Kira Paynter gives some tips on surviving University life, online. I have learned many lessons throughout my study experience at Leiden. Concepts such as Orientalism and discourse; honestly…

Things I wish I knew Before I started International Studies: Warsha Autar

In this series, the senior members of BAISmag reflect on their experiences in studying IS and provide advice for the incoming first-year students. This week, Editor-in-Chief Warsha Autar shares her memories of Configuring the World and also shares some tips and tricks on how to study for courses you’ve never had before. So there I…

Dear No One: Tell me more, Tell me more

Dear No One, Let’s set the stage. You’re at a birthday party of an old friend from high school. Well, friend? Perhaps acquaintance is a better word. Your actual friend was invited to this reunion party and dragged you along with them. As you try to avoid people you weren’t planning on seeing ever again,…

3 Coping Strategies for “One of Those Days”

2020 has been one hell of a strain on my mental health. If I had to describe my mental state over these past months with one word it would be “oof”, which isn’t even a real word. I’ve definitely had days where it felt nearly impossible to get out of bed and be “productive”. Pushing…

America in 2020: Interview with Dr. Polak

A few weeks ago BAISmag asked the student body if they had any questions about the current situation in the United States for the interviewee Sara Polak. This is the resulting interview. What is the scale of the current Black Lives Matter movement, in comparison to other previous equality movements? That’s a difficult question to…