About Zachary Barker

Zac is a graduate in BA Hons International Relations and Politics and MsC International Development and Security. He is Bristol’s Local Coordinator for the political organisation, Republic. His favourite journalists include Nick Cohen and Hunter S Thompson. Zac is currently working on a novel. His interests include Model United Nations, current affairs, travel, video games and reading and writing. Follow Zac on Twitter @ZacharyBarker1

Military Coups: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

5th September 2016

  Most countries at one time or another have had their destinies changed by the intervention of their militaries into their internal politics.  Brazil’s military moved against their monarchy making the country henceforth a republic.  In the closing chapter of the English Civil Wars General George Monck made the fateful … read more

The Future of British and French Defence Cooperation

18th July 2016

“France and Great Britain shall no longer be two nations, but one Franco-British Union. The constitution of the Union will provide for joint organs of defense, foreign, financial and economic policies. Every citizen of France will enjoy immediately citizenship of Great Britain, every British subject will become a citizen of … read more

New IRA? – Old Problems?

18th June 2016

Irish Nationalism as an ideology has always been about it’s followers having to face divisions between their high hopes and political reality.  Michael Collins, the Irish Republican and independence leader was the first to confront this dilemma and was ultimately killed by it.  He argued that accepting the 1921 Anglo-Irish … read more

The Future of British Foreign Policy in Africa

8th June 2016

“Africa was not created piecemeal.  Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe.  Africans are no more, no more and no less than other men, possess all human attributes, talents, deficiencies, virtues and faults” Haile Selassie Why should the British Government and … read more

South Africa under Zuma: The apple falls far from the tree

29th April 2016

“Among our country’s major challenges are crime, joblessness and corruption.” Nelson Mandela The presidential term of the African National Congress’ (ANC) first democratically President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is widely acknowledged to have had more symbolic importance than legislative importance.  Granted, much was achieved in those years.  Trying to … read more

The Panama Papers: Reform or Class War?

19th April 2016

“A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad” Theodore Roosevelt The scale of the leak, in terms of size alone, from the Mossack Fonseca law firm based in Panama alone is mind … read more

In favour of British Federalism

5th April 2016

“All politics is local” Former US House Speaker Tip O’Neill One fact that escapes many foreign observers is that the UK is a nation of many nations; England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Each nation has a separate culture and often a separate language, even if English remains the de … read more

The US Presidential Election: Competing Visions about US Power

31st March 2016

It is often hard to take seriously the hyperbolic language that is being thrown about in the primaries phase of the US Presidential election, particularly on the Republican side.  Marco Rubio, short-sightedly in my opinion, has vowed to repeal the US-Cuban reconciliation.   Donald Trump seems to revel in evermore bizarre … read more

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