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…

Information Sharing, Security and Cost Post-Brexit

By Kyra Ward,  Editor, Economics Student March 29th, 2017 will go down in history as the day the United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU), and the European experiment. While it will take two years to finalize negotiations, March 29th will mark the day that Brexit (Britain’s Exit) became official. No matter how Brexit…

The Basics of Universal Income: Beyond the Divide

By Matthew Findlay  Correspondent, Mathematics Undergraduate Student  The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) recently entered the mainstream discussion in several countries.  Finland is currently trialling the policy, and it is being lauded and criticized by commentators from across the political spectrum. So what is UBI, anyway? According to the basic income website, a UBI…

Sean Hagan discusses the IMF, the Great Recession & Student Careers

Daisy Martin talks with Sean Hagan, General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund. Daisy Martin: Hello Mr Hagan! Welcome to Saint Andrews and thank you very much for talking to me today.  Since you started at the IMF in 1990, what was the biggest economic challenge you have faced…

Blockchain: A Tech Improvement or Revolution?

By Giovy Drysdale-Anderson Editor, Economics & English Student  When Bitcoin first launched, few had heard about the world’s first digital currency functioning on a peer-to-peer system. But since its launch by Satoshi Nakamoto on October of 2008, it has played a major role in propelling us into the age of Fintechs. The various changes to traditional industries…

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…

The London Terror Attack: Perspective, Honesty & Hope

By Erika Brady Columnist, PhD Student at the Handa Center of Terrorism and Political Violence The attack in London on 22 March 2017 has, unsurprisingly, been dominant in the British media for the past week. At the outset, the viewer and reader was bombarded with flashy headlines and minute by minute analysis, even when there was no…

Northern Ireland’s parties negotiate a return to power-sharing

By Conor Tully Correspondent, Undergraduate IR & Russian Student On Thursday 2nd March, Northern Ireland went to the polls for the second time in less than a year. The Executive, having withstood considerable pressure in recent years over unresolved issues from the Troubles, had collapsed. A botched energy scheme set up by the first minister —the Democratic…

The Curious Case of Ionis Pharmaceuticals

By Dillon Yeh Economics Undergraduate Student On the 2nd of November 2016, I noticed some unusual behavior. Not of a person, but of a stock. Ionis Pharmaceuticals Incorporation, trading under the ticker NYSE:IONS, is a healthcare firm specializing in antisense drug development to treat genetic disorders and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Interestingly, the company was previously…

Brexit. Trump. France?

By Matthew Findlay Mathematics Student In three months’ time, France holds its next presidential elections.  The country is still on edge – it has been in a state of emergency since the Paris attacks in November 2015.  Voters will have the choice between several candidates on the 23rd of April, before the two highest scoring amongst them go…

The Market This Week: Feb 20

By Tom Weston Economics Student Global stock market indices reached new highs this week. The recent rally is largely a consequence of the election of President Trump, with his economic policies – tax cuts, infrastructure spending and financial deregulation – expected to improve economic growth prospects for the US. The FTSE All-World share index broke…

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…