The Vice-Chancellor’s Email: A Response from the UCU

By The St Andrews University and College Union (UCU) The following is a point by point response to the email circulated by Vice-Chancellor Sally Mapstone and signed by other members of the Principal’s Office. As this magazine has firmly sought to defend our striking teachers, it has opted to publish this rebuttal so as to ensure…

Why You Shouldn’t Fill Out the NSS… Yet

[I]f we as a student body make it clear to the University—  through stern letters to Sally Mapstone and Collegegate—  that we won’t fill out the NSS until an agreement is reached… we can both help end the standoff sooner and help defend our own unique interests in the conflict.

The Russian Election: If Not Putin, Then Who?

By Murray Lang Correspondent, International Relations & Russian  In March, Russia will hold an election. There will be campaigns of a sort. There will be debates and interviews. There will even be opposition rallies and protests. But none of this will change the result that Putin will serve a fourth term as president. But it…

The Economics of Mass Shootings

By Kyra Ward Editor, Economics & International Relations Student  Valentine’s Day 2018 has been marked in the United States as one of the many days that has ended in a school shooting. Like previous shootings, this one has brought back the arguments about gun control and regulation, and the extreme backlash causing mass hysteria over…

Fight for a Fair Future: Support the Strike!

By Adam Strømme Editor-in-Chief, Economics and International Relations Student  The story which has bought St Andrews to strike action, alongside 60 other universities, is defined by a confusing melange of apparent contradiction, cohabiting alongside outright absurdity. To get the facts straight is, then, a crucially important task. At present, most of the student body is…

How Venezuela Became a State in Crisis

By Victoria Landaeta Correspondent, Undergraduate Student I was born in Venezuela three months before the presidential election of Hugo Chavez  sparked the Bolivarian Revolution. I am writing this article to illustrate, through history and personal experience, my country’s journey from being one of the most economically promising and prosperous countries in South America, to the current…

Structural Adjustment Programs: Dependency and Poverty in Somalia and Rwanda

By Hodhan Jibril International Relations & Arabic Student In the early 1980s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank introduced their Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs). The programs responded to the international debt crisis in the 1970’s; developing countries could not return loans from North American and Western European banks, which had increased their lending…

Socialism or Barbarism: Reflections on Global Disorder with David North

This week, Editor-in-Chief Adam Stromme sits down with David North, a visiting Marxist scholar, active revolutionary socialist, and Chairman of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States. Background Adam Stromme: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you first become involved in socialist politics. David North: I’m part of a generation that…

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…

The Rohingya Crisis: Is International Intervention the Answer?

By: Jono Davis Editor, International Relations Student Who are the Rohingya and what is happening to them? In looking to the crisis in Myanmar and the plight of the Rohingya people, the extent of the devastation is clear. Since August, 537,000 have fled from the Rohingya’s place of origin, Rakhine state, to Bangladesh in an attempt…