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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Hong Kong in 2020

Due to the developing events in Hong Kong, BAISmag reached out to interview Gina van Ling, to gain a better understanding of the developing situation.  1. The Hong Kong protests originally started in 2019 due to the proposition of an extradition bill. Now, in 2020, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has passed a new…

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A Conversation with God

Author’s note: I asked for this paragraph to be placed above the story, as I would like to clarify some things before you read this blasphemous brainchild of mine. Firstly, I wrote this story with no specific version of an all knowing and all mighty being in mind. So whether you believe in God, Allah,…

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Our Collective Overreaction to COVID-19, And Its Effects on the Global Poor

by Dr. Jeffrey Fynn-Paul I am very aware that COVID has caused half a million deaths at the time of writing.  The following piece does not in any way belittle that. But any good policy must start by separating the personal from the general. My purpose in writing this piece is to help us create…

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Learning Leadership: Anubhav Kandpal

Conscious Kitchen is an organization that generally hosts weekly meals, here in The Hague. Their aim is to connect people from all backgrounds and share positive vibes. We got the opportunity to sit down with Anubhav Kandpal, one of Conscious Kitchen’s managerial staff members, and asked him all about his views on life and leadership.…

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