Interviews
‘Miracle, Mystery, and Authority:’ Dr. Stephen Blank on Putin’s Russia

‘Miracle, Mystery, and Authority:’ Dr. Stephen Blank on Putin’s Russia

Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a Washington D.C. think tank whose stated mission is ‘bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States.’ Dr. Blank is an internationally recognised expert on Russia and sat down with the Foreign Affairs Review in...
The Bahá'í Community: Battling Religious Intolerance

The Bahá’í Community: Battling Religious Intolerance

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recently held the “largest annual human rights and democracy conference[1]” from 21 September to 2 October of 2015. The conference was called the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, and its purpose was to focus on “combating racism and xenophobia” and “discrimination against religious communities[1].” The Brussels Office...
The EU Referendum: An Interview with Rector Catherine Stihler

The EU Referendum: An Interview with Rector Catherine Stihler

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”[1] This is the provisional wording of the question UK citizens will find on their ballot papers before the end of 2017. In their manifesto for the general election of May 7 2015, the Conservative Party pledged to hold a referendum...
On History and Liberty: an Interview with Judge Lennart Aspegren

On History and Liberty: an Interview with Judge Lennart Aspegren

I initially began writing this piece in the usual way: a slightly dramatic first sentence to captivate the reader, before analysing every conceivable detail of the story. This time it will be different; this time it will be personal. With support from the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society, I had the honour to interview Judge...
IR Professor Interview Series: Tony Lang

IR Professor Interview Series: Tony Lang

Anthony F Lang, Jr holds a Chair in International Political Theory in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and is Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism. He is currently one of the co-editors of a new journal, Global Constitutionalism, associate and book review editor of Journal of International Political...
IR Professor Interview Series: Chris Ogden

IR Professor Interview Series: Chris Ogden

In this interview, we sat down with Lecturer Chris Ogden, who specialises in national identity, security, and domestic politics in East and South Asia. East and South Asia. If you enjoy this interview, please be sure to listen to the full audio. FAR: Could you give us a bit of background as to your academic...
‘High’ Politics: Drugs and the Colombian Peace Negotiations

‘High’ Politics: Drugs and the Colombian Peace Negotiations

Leaning back in his chair, the Colombian Country Attaché and Latin American Regional Director of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Jay Bergman, looks somber. “The government of Colombia has sacrificed [for peace] – it has lost hundreds of soldiers and military officers every year. The Colombian police, 175,000 strong, last year lost about...
IR Professor Interview Series: Rick Fawn

IR Professor Interview Series: Rick Fawn

In the final IR Professor interview of the Fall semester, the Editor-in-Chief sat down with Senior Lecturer Rick Fawn, who specialises on security and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.  If you enjoy this interview, be sure to listen to the much longer unedited audio at the bottom of the page. FAR: Can you tell...
Interview: Mr. Zeijlon of the World Bank on Human Rights and Development

Interview: Mr. Zeijlon of the World Bank on Human Rights and Development

“Do we do enough? Difficult to say. I think we are doing the right thing.” Anders Zeijlon of the World Bank discusses the complex relationship between human rights and development from the perspectives of individuals, states, and international organisations.   Mr. Zeijlon has both studied and taught economics at Uppsala University. He was then sponsored...
Afghan-UK Relations: Fifteen Minutes with Ambassador Yaar

Afghan-UK Relations: Fifteen Minutes with Ambassador Yaar

Since the Communist coup in 1978, Afghanistan has been caught in an unending cycle of conflict, currently manifesting itself in the form of a continued struggle with the Taliban. Now, on the eve of the withdrawal of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and a presidential election in 2014, the country’s future remains highly indeterminate. During...
Interview with Ambassador John Campbell

Interview with Ambassador John Campbell

John Campbell served as US Ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007. He visited St Andrews in late October 2013 to deliver a lecture on the Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group active in Nigeria, as an invitee of the International Political Association and the Foreign Affairs Society. He sat down with the Foreign Affair...
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...