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Corruption Scandals across Latin America Cause for Concern -- But Reactions Show Promise for the Future

Corruption Scandals across Latin America Cause for Concern — But Reactions Show Promise for the Future

Since early March, protests and rallies across Brazil have called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. While Brazil’s stagnating economy and fiscal austerity are reason enough to cause such uproar, what has brought millions of citizens to the streets in over 150 cities within the past month is the scandal revolving around state-controlled oil...
When Foreign Policy is Taken Too Far --- Why UMass’s Ban Matters

When Foreign Policy is Taken Too Far — Why UMass’s Ban Matters

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass) made headlines with its announcement on the 6th of February that it would be instating a ban on Iranian nationals from chemical, computer and mechanical engineering graduate programmes. This controversial decision made by UMass displays a unique instance in which foreign policy has been taken to extreme measures...
Saudi Succession: Regional and International Impacts

Saudi Succession: Regional and International Impacts

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on 23 January, prompted reflection of a reign that saw Saudi power reach new heights as the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East saw drastic changes over the past decade. As King Abdullah’s health declined, the prospect of the Saudi succession attracted the attention of scholars and politicians...
The Tension Between Liberal Society and Feminist Objectives

The Tension Between Liberal Society and Feminist Objectives

The first wave of feminism in the late nineteenth century was concentrated in the western world and consequently framed its argument for women’s rights as an inherent issue for any liberal society. The feminist struggle was inextricably linked to the pillars of liberal democracy, emphasizing equality and individuals freedoms for women politically, economically, and socially....
Tax Inversion: Symptom of a Deeply Wounded Tax System and Broken Liberal Identity

Tax Inversion: Symptom of a Deeply Wounded Tax System and Broken Liberal Identity

Since the United States’ foundation as a country it has stood as a robust believer in the triumph of capitalism and the free market. However, in recent years these values have been challenged by the increasing trend of tax inversion by U.S. companies. Tax inversion is a corporate strategy that involves a corporation moving its...
A New Age in Anglo-Irish Relations

A New Age in Anglo-Irish Relations

This April has been a compelling month for observing Anglo-Irish relations. The juxtaposition of Irish President Michael D Higgins heading Dublin’s 1916 Easter Rising commemoration ceremony on 20 April with his historic 4-day visit to the UK just weeks before, is striking. Marking the first ever visit of an Irish head of state to the...
A 'Year of Action'?

A ‘Year of Action’?

On January 28th President Obama delivered the constitutionally mandated annual State of the Union address.  An air of familiarity was present as the typical idealistic ambition for which Obama has become known permeated the hour-long address to the nation. As a speech with the potential to change the face of American foreign policy, as George...
The Legalisation of Prostitution: Emancipatory or Debasing?

The Legalisation of Prostitution: Emancipatory or Debasing?

The ancient profession of prostitution had sparked debate throughout the ages, many condemning it whilst others steadfastly assert outlawing it violates the right to ‘self expression’, a value modern underpinning many democracies. In modern day Europe both extremes of the spectrum are present. In 2001 Germany boldly enacted a law hoping to socialise prostitution and...
IR Professor Interview Series: Faye Donnelly

IR Professor Interview Series: Faye Donnelly

For the second instalment of our IR Professor interview series, the FAR’s Elizabeth Mastoris sat down with Lecturer Faye Donnelly. FAR: Good evening, Dr Donnelly could you start by telling the readers of the Foreign Affairs Review a bit about yourself and your role in the department of International Relations? FD: I’m a temporary lecturer...