Samantha van Staden

About Samantha van Staden

Samantha van Staden is an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge studying Human, Social and Political Sciences with a focus on Politics and International Relations. She is particularly interested in issues pertaining to humanitarianism, conflict prevention, diplomacy and international development.

Is True Co-operation In International Politics Possible?

It is a commonly held belief that nations are incapable of truly cooperating with one another and are only inherently driven by individualistic self-interest. This conceptualization of the world seems to posit that any cooperation that does occur between states is a by-product of selfish drive, and definitionally temporary at best. […]

Venezuela Still Consumed By Anti-Government Protests

Anti-government protests continue in Caracas, Venezuela this week, as they have almost every day since the end of March when the Supreme Court attempted to take over the powers of the opposition-led National Assembly. Dozens have been killed during the protests against President Nicolas Maduro and his cabinet. Dissatisfaction has […]

North Korea Detains Another US Citizen

On May 6th, an American academic at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology was detained by North Korean officials for unspecified “acts of hostility,” according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). According to CNN, the KCNA released a statement in which they referred to Kim Has Song (the […]

Donald Trump Is Unlikely To Provide Meaningful Solutions To The Ongoing Civil War In Syria

As of the end of last year, the civil war in Syria had caused the deaths of over 300,000 people and the displacement of an estimated further 11.4 million either domestically or abroad. The nation’s situation is extremely severe and only seems to be getting worse, despite various attempts to […]