Qatar & the 2022 World Cup: What Can We Expect?

By Giovanna Drysdale-Anderson Correspondent, Economics & EnglishUndergraduate Student A few months after the 2015 Men’s Handball Tournament in Qatar, it is about time to reassess the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, undoubtedly one of the most controversial sports events in history. Among the numerous controversies regarding Qatar’s right to host the 2022 winter World…

Should we stay or should we go?

By Tom Claridge International Relations Graduate Student, Columnist  Essentially, both sides of the EU debate are right. The Leave campaign is correct when they talk of the Union’s impact upon Parliament’s sovereignty, as the EU does have the ability to make rules for its twenty-seven member states. Each European law is essentially one part British…

Brexit in the Bubble

By Blanca Franch Camino Undergraduate Economics Student, Correspondent  Politics, despite popular misconceptions, affects our lives in several ways. A Brexit would have serious repercussions in St Andrews, since both the financial structure and the entire higher education system are tied up in the European Union. St Andrews would see marked effects on both its funding…

Une Revolution sans Revolution: Scotland & the Panama Papers

By Amy Westwell Tait Masters Student of Literature in Intellectual History  In the early days of the French Revolution, a curious phenomenon occurred. Aristocrats who held provincial privileges, titles, and rights to land, legislated to destroy their own privilege. Later they would explicitly ban insignia adorning houses: coats of arms and weathercocks. Did they partake in this masochistic…

Weighing Outsiders from Outside: The “Yuge” Players in 2016

By Jonas Nesbo Correspondent, Joint Honours Economics and International Relations Undergraduate It’s been nearly a year since the start of the campaigns for the 2016 United States presidential election. As a foreign observer US elections are incredibly interesting, both because of its impact on world affairs and the difference in campaign style from other Western…

Xi Jinping’s Visit in the Middle East: All for Business?

By Yifan Xia Correspondent, International Relations Undergraduate  Chinese President Xi Jinping, the busiest state leader of the world in terms of diplomatic visits in 2015, started 2016 with a five-day visit to the Middle East in late January, including key countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran. It has been six years since the last…