This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly.

There is no research area within the field of political science that can become as complex as international rela-tions. Indeed, this highly interconnected network of states, peoples, and governments of various countries is not just about foreign policy. It is about economic policy, about law, about power, about diplomacy. In addition to this, many variables exist for the decisions to be taken in the realm of international relations. The mere quantity of these factors that influence decisions, and the multi-faceted nature of each phenomenon that needs to be taken into account is overwhelming.

When I started to study at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, I had already specialised in international politics. However, my time at the DA has made one thing crystal clear to me, that political scientists must, in order to fulfil their mission, increasingly deal with legal, economic, and historical questions. Furthermore, it is not just political scientists but also the public who should deal with these questions. Understanding these international relations that affect the general public is the order of the day.

In doing so, in informing the public, the words of former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt should always be born in mind: This is indeed pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. When people start to exclusively believe what they read on Facebook and Twitter instead of what respectable media outlets report, it is not the time to remain silent. Instead, this trend must be countered. This is the reason for my writing this blog, for my endeavour to keep it factual and sound.

Who am I? I was born in Vienna in 1992. I am a political scientist, I am a Twitter user, and I am an alumnus of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. I love travelling, jazz, reading, and debating. My name is Raphael J. Spoetta and you are cordially invited to read, to browse, and to debate!