Guns, Drugs, and Geopolitics: An Interview with Jacob Parakilas

Editor-in-Chief Adam Stromme sat down with Jacob Parakilas, Deputy Head of the US and the Americas program at Chatham House, to talk about the arms trade, drug trade, and America’s evolving foreign policy.   Introductory Questions Adam Stromme: How did you first become interested in studying international affairs? Dr. Jacob Parakilas: I went through about…

Under Siege: The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Future of a Country

By Alex Hayes Editor, International Relations & Geography Undergraduate The nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, lifted certain international sanctions in exchange for a scaling back of Iran’s nuclear program. As a result of the agreement, tens of billions of dollars in previously frozen assets and oil revenue have…

Partisanship: Is it Beyond Repair?

By Jono Davis Editor, International Relations Student  Once upon a time, partisanship was a word used only in the United States to describe sports teams: if it was baseball it was the Braves-Mets rivalry, or if it was basketball it was Celtics-Lakers. Politics however, was an entirely different story: President Gerald Ford, in his confirmation…

Despite Political Challenges, Florida Rediscovers its Railway Heritage

By Alex Hayes International Relations Student  Florida is finally getting an intercity passenger rail system that will link the popular tourist destinations of Orlando and Miami. After more than 16 years of political blockage by Republican governors, it took significant private investment to put the project into place. Once built Brightline will offer numerous benefits…

Why Trump Probably Won’t Make America Great Again

By Jono Davis Columnist, International Relations Student  A few weeks ago, I stipulated that I was fairly positive about a Trump administration in the foreign policy field. Needless to say, despite Stephen Colbert’s brilliant analysis (sarcasm) that someone with the nickname “Mad Dog” shouldn’t be Secretary of Defense, I stand by the opinion that there…

Why a Trump Presidency Really Might Make America Great Again

By Jono Davis Columnist, International Relations Student  Can’t believe I’m saying this, but: I’m excited for a Trump Presidency (if only for the promising future in the realms of defense and foreign policy). The United States of America has lost its way a bit on the foreign policy stage, both blundering into Iraq and Afghanistan…

Isolation & Trade in a Trumpian America

By James Moynan Editor, Undergraduate Economics Student As the world adjusts to the news that the US electorate has voted for a man who seems more concerned about the public perception of the size of his hands than human rights violations, discussion turns to what exactly caused an outcome that seemed unlikely a week ago to…

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…

We Lost, Alright?: Reflections of a Post-Primary Bern

By Jono Davis  Undergraduate International Relations Student A few months ago, I wrote an article for this very website, in which positivity radiated from the page, describing the incredible experience of contributing to the Bernie Sanders campaign in the largest way I possibly could being a UK citizen. Now, as I sit down to begin…

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…

Risky Investments: The Politics of 2016

By Adam Stromme Editor-in-Chief, International Relations & Economics Undergraduate Student Mark Hanna, the legendary Gilded Age political manager was fond of saying: “It takes three things to run a political campaign in America: Money, money, and I forgot the third thing…” Following the money, and the dash of cynicism which is always a safe bet…

Influencing an Election in Which I Can’t Vote

By Jono Davis  Undergraduate International Relations Student Before attempting to describe the intriguing and often puzzling process of campaigning during American elections from the perspective of a Brit, I must first wholeheartedly thank three incredible people, whom, without their help, the Bernie Sanders campaign in St Andrews would genuinely have been nothing but a pipe…