Green versus Gr€€n: The Energy Politics of Germany

By Kyra Ward Economics & International Relations Student  In June of this year, Germany made the unprecedented move to scale back on its world-class green energy sector. One of its radical renewable energy programs Energiewende (literally translating to energy revolution/transition) is taking substantive budget reductions and restructuring.  As a country on the forefront of the…

Unfinished Ambition: The Obama Legacy at Home

By Jono Davis  Undergraduate International Relations Student Barack Obama: the 44th President of the United States, the fifteenth Democratic president and most markedly the first African-American president, but also a name that can create emotions of both elatedness and utter disgust. Whilst all presidents create and command their own unique versions of America, Obama’s tenure…

South Sudan: War & Tragedy in the World’s Newest State

By Erika Brady Columnist, PhD Student at the Handa Center of Terrorism and Political Violence Introduction The conflict in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, has played an integral and unfortunate part in the shaping of that nation. Since its formation following relatively peaceful elections in January 2011, the country has been torn apart by civil war…

“But We Have No Slaves in the UK”

By Giovy Drysdale-Anderson Economics & English Student  As it was Anti-Slavery Day earlier this week, this is an ideal time to reflect on the issue of Modern Day slavery and assess the role the UK ought to play in fighting this global issue.  One of the earliest recorded cases of slavery in Scotland is the 1687…

The Beginning of the End for the US-Saudi Relationship?

By Kyra Ward Economics & International Relations Student For the first time in his presidency Obama saw his veto of a bill overridden. With a 97-1 majority in the House (House democratic minority leader Harry Reid being the only exception) and 348-77 majority in the Senate the bill had overwhelming bi-partisan support. With a Congress increasingly embittered and unwilling…

The Market This Week: 10 October

By Stephan Maier Editor, Economics Student Back after a week-long break, here is what’s happening in the coming days starting on Monday, 10 October: Looking at Europe, we are expecting good economic sentiment numbers from Germany on Monday – that is because latest Brexit fears are not yet taken into account. Of course all readers will have followed…

Why we Should be Learning the Radical History of Economics

By Adam Strømme Editor-in-Chief, Economic & International Relations Student  As a student of the history of economic thought, i’m almost more comfortable discussing the various points of conflict between various economic theories than the theories themselves. Economics, like no other discipline, has been defined by debate and controversy. And the debates which have raged are far from topical, they…