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    Happening now at the Foreign Affairs Review

    Dear all, First, thank you for your unwavering support and readership of the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review.  Our readers make all that we do here worthwhile, and we strive to deliver high-quality, relevant, and engaging content to the University of St Andrews community and beyond. As we look towards […]

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    The UPS Conundrum: Why is Israel Only Turning Right?

    In 2011, senior vice-president of the private sector shipping company United Parcel Service (UPS) revealed the secret to the company’s growing profits and consistently expeditious deliveries: no left turns. UPS drivers are instructed only to turn right, since “turning right decreases safety hazards [e.g. side-swiping] and delays.”[1] The result is […]

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    The Case for an Independent Kurdistan

    If ever there were a people today in need of a homeland for their continued security as a people, it is probably the Palestinians. The Kurds, however, finish a close second. Life in Gaza is unquestionably intolerable in its current iteration, but life for the Kurds in Assad’s Syria and […]

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    On the Edge of Dystopia: Thoughts from Israel

    Over the summer, as part of her English class, my fourteen year old sister was asked to read George Orwell’s 1984. Halfway through the book, she looked up at me, yellowed pages clenched in the dripping hands of a Tel Aviv heat wave, and asserted, “I know this isn’t going […]

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    Cantor Canned; Run, Ryan, Run

    On June 10th 2014, the Tea Party movement may have either saved or shattered the Republican Party.  Republican Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to Randolph-Macon College (University) Economics Professor Dave Brat.  Former House Majority Leader Cantor was often deemed to be one of the most conservative members […]

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    Two Heads, Same Body?

    To simply brand the fundamentalist Islamic militia dispersed across Afghanistan and Pakistan as ‘Taliban’ – meaning ‘students’ in Pashto – is both inadequate and misleading. Although this umbrella term seems to amalgamate Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) with neighbouring Afghanistan’s Kandahari and Paktia Taliban, the movements in reality share little more than […]



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