The Man Behind Chechnya’s Purge of Gay Men

By Conor Tully Correspondent, Undergraduate IR & Russian Student On the 11th  of April, Novaya Gazeta reported that over the course of February and March more than one hundred people accused of being homosexual had been illegally detained in Chechnya. Astonished at this development, further research by the Guardian, Meduza and Radio Liberty were all nonetheless…

Chinese Aid and Investment: Aiding Africa or Themselves?

By Hodhan Jibril International Relations & Arabic Student In 2006, China invited 48 African heads of state to Beijing and with them, a fierce debate on the nature of foreign investment in Africa. According to Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born international economist, Africa needs foreign investment to supplement its growth. Despite the continent’s resources and low labour…

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…

From One to Two: An Evaluation of Chinese Population Control

By Yifan Xia Correspondent, International Relations Undergraduate  On 29 October, the news about the reformational change of Chinese population control went viral throughout Western media. The one-child policy is about to come to an end 45 years after the policy was officially enacted in 1970. Chairman Mao first introduced the concept of population control in China…

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…