Benedetta Zocchi

About Benedetta Zocchi

MPhil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford

India Declares Instant Divorce Practice Unconstitutional

Until last week, Muslim men in India had the possibility to instantaneously divorce their wife by just pronouncing the word “Talaq” three times. However, a decision by the Indian Supreme Court has now banned the practice also known as ‘Instant Divorce’ or ‘Triple Talaq,’ declaring it unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s […]

Economic Reforms Are Not Sufficient To Address The Humanitarian Crisis In DRC

In the past few decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) excelled among countries in sub-Saharan Africa for its stunning economic performance. According to the World Bank, from 2005 onwards, a robust export-based economy, along with the evolution of both domestic and the international public investment have permitted a GDP […]

Venezuelan Crisis: From The Bolivarian Revolution To Western Neoliberalism

On March 30, Venezuela’s Supreme Court magistrates, aligned with Socialist President Nicolas Maduro, ruled that it would have to take-over the opposition-led Congress legislative power. The ruling effectively dissolved the elected legislature and signed the tipping point of a political and economic crisis, which has consumed the oil-rich nation since […]

Rwanda Reconfirms Stability Over Freedom: Understanding The Illiberal Democracy Built By Paul Kagame

On August 4th, 2017, Rwandans headed to the polls to elect a president. The results showed a very much expected 99% in favour of the incumbent President Paul Kagame. Since 2000, Kagame has uninterruptedly ruled the country which he proudly addresses as a democracy. Nonetheless, although Kagame has led Rwanda […]

Liberating “The Untouchable Beings:” Nepal Takes Steps Towards Eliminating Chhaupadi

In the past week, the Parliament of Nepal took a step forward in the safeguard of women’s rights, passing a law aimed at criminalizing the ancient Hindu practice known as chhaupadi, which consists of banishing women from their home and confining them into huts during menstruation and immediately after childbirth. […]

The Eternal Buck-Passing: Europe Returns Responsibility For The Refugee Crisis To Libya

 In the past months, the Italian provisional government led by Paolo Gentiloni has taken some controversial steps in dealing with the increasing number of asylum seekers and refugees arriving every day from Libya on the southern coasts of Italy. On February 2, 2017, Gentiloni and the Prime Minister of  the […]

Electoral Conflict In Kenya: Understanding The Role Of National And Social Media

In the 1990s, the transformation of the Kenyan political system from a one-party to a multi-party state intensified the problems associated with ethnic violence among tribes. The system emerged with the 1992 General Elections, through which established major parties, founded on tribal lines, fuelled the already strong conflictual relations among […]