Back in the USSR

By Thomas Claridge Columnist, International Relations Graduate Student As the wintry nights draw in and the festive season tiptoes closer, spare a thought for Sergei Karakayev. As Commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Troops, he must be quaking in his boots over the all-important question consuming the Kremlin this time of year; what present does one…

The Elephant and the Circus: The Rise of the Radical Right

By Adam Stromme Editor-in-Chief, International Relations & Economics Undergraduate Student The politics of every country is capable of generating its own special, unique form of insanity when put under pressure. But today it seems only the nightmarish, never-ending spectacle of American politics is so absurd and offensive as to almost become a parody of itself….

Is Socalism Trendy?

By William Goodall Correspondent, International Relations Undergraduate Student With Canada voting the Liberal Party into majority, Justin Trudeau is set to take over as Canada’s parliament prime minister in the coming months. This is a landmark victory for the Liberal Party, as for the past ten years the Conservative Party prime minister, Stephen Harper, had ran the…

What Happened to the Egyptian Revolution?

By Erika Brady Columnist, PhD Student at the Handa Center of Terrorism and Political Violence Almost five years on from the outbreak of the Egyptian Revolution, it is an interesting time to ask what has changed in the country? The casual observer might think not a lot. If you were to look at Egypt in 2010, and…

Is China’s Economy Really as Dire as it Looks?

By Siobhan Kelly Asia Editor, Undergraduate Economics Student China’s incredible economic growth has been at the forefront of economic news for decades. Since opening up to foreign trade and investment and implementing economic reforms in 1979, China has transformed into one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, exploiting its cheap labour source to become known unanimously…

European Students: How Valuable Will Your Money Be?

By Blanca Franch Camino Correspondent, Undergraduate Economics Student  European Union students at the University of St Andrews have probably been wondering about the most intelligent way to behave regarding recent changes of their finances. Little did they know that many of the most important decisions were being made for them. In fact, during second semester last…

Syria: The Global Conflict

By Ruaraidh Maciver Middle East/Africa Editor, History Undergraduate Student The Islamic State has existed as an independent group for almost two years now, and is currently fighting several different factions within Syria and Iraq. These include the Iraqi army and its’ associated militias, the Kurdish nationalists YPG, the Syrian rebels, the Syrian army, and is…

We are Better than Blaming Refugees

A solution to this crisis will not be easy and results will not be obvious but blaming refugees from the Middle East will gain us nothing.

Learning From the Past

Originally published in Issue IV of the St Andrews Economist By: Mayank Kapadia Much has changed in our understanding of economics since the downturn that hit the world in 2008. In the view of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, it is essential that knowledge be passed on to economists of the future….

EU Parliamentary Elections: The Fiscal Standoff

Originally published in Issue IV of the St Andrews Economist  By: Grzegorz Janota and Maxime Segui Do we as individual voters really have a say in the fiscal policies of the European Union? Thanks to the Lisbon Treaty, which was adopted in 2009 and came to force in 2011, the answer to that question is…

The High Cost of Winning

Originally published in Issue IV of the St Andrews Economist By: James McNamara Playing host to the world’s legends has always been the pinnacle of sporting pride for any nation. But aside from all the grandeur, how do these major events really impact a region’s economy? The short answer: it is virtually impossible to accurately…

Q&A: Dr Manfredi La Manna

Originally published in Issue IV of the St Andrews Economist Dr Manfredi La Manna is a reader at the St Andrews University School of Economics & Finance. The following interview was conducted by Renzo Forastiero and Sanjana Sha.  SAE: Who inspired you? La Manna: After my first degree [in Italy], I came to the London School…