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How Powerful is One Statistic?

How Powerful is One Statistic?

As of 4 October, 2015 the World Bank has announced that the percentage of the world’s population living in extreme poverty (defined as less than $1.90 a day) has dipped below 10% for the first time.[1]  Specifically, the rate of extreme poverty decreased to 9.6% from 12.8% in 2012.[2] However, what does this number mean?...
Through the Looking Glass: Human Rights

Through the Looking Glass: Human Rights

More than 200 human rights lawyers and activists in China have been targeted, detained for questioning or reported missing since a nationwide crackdown by the Chinese authorities this July. China’s state-run media has accused them of embellishing sensitive issues into political ones for mobilizing public opinion and denounced their activism as criminal acts aiming to...
Rapprochement with Assad

Rapprochement with Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech to the United Nations 28 September was, in many ways, both a triumph for his regime and vindication of his strategy in Syria and the Middle East at-large. Putin expounded a vision for the international system emphasizing state sovereignty and, more narrowly, providing support for the government of Bashar al-Assad...
The Final Frontier: A Story of Private Companies, New Players, and Cooperation

The Final Frontier: A Story of Private Companies, New Players, and Cooperation

Since time immemorial we have looked to the skies in wonder: ancient civilisations saw their heroes in the stars above and, at last, in the 20th century mankind succeeded in reaching for the heavens. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to venture into the great unknown of the cosmos and, in 1969, Neil...
The New Popes

The New Popes

The role of the Pope is undoubtedly unique in world politics. No world leader can claim the same blend of political and spiritual leadership, nor the vast following worldwide. He commands no armies and directs few economic resources, but his power is real and considerable, not only among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, but among...
Obama Renews Commitment to Quell Wildlife Trafficking, but is it enough?

Obama Renews Commitment to Quell Wildlife Trafficking, but is it enough?

The Obama administration renewed its commitment to fighting wildlife trafficking when it announced on the 11th of February that it would pledge the work of domestic intelligence agencies to track criminals engaged in this lucrative and illegal industry. These actions will be realized through the now one-year-old Presidential Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, responsible...
Happening now at the Foreign Affairs Review

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 the 2014-2015 academic year, it...

Neither War Nor Peace

As separatists in Eastern Ukraine hoist new Donetsk Republic flags over captured government buildings, Russia masses 40,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, and the Ukrainian acting President puts his nation’s forces on combat alert, European Union and American officials are pondering over what to do next. The West is trying to help Ukrainians diplomatically, financially,...
Print Edition: Central Asian Geopolitics

Print Edition: Central Asian Geopolitics

Central Asia, usually defined as the family of the ‘Five Stans’, has recently returned to the geo-political spotlight after President Xi Jinping’s ten-day trip across the region. Apart from being a show of Chinese influence in the region, this reflects a wider trend of renewed American, Russian, and Chinese interest in Central Asia, and could...
Davos 2014: “Long-Term Vision”

Davos 2014: “Long-Term Vision”

Attending the Open Forum at Davos at the time of the World Economic Forum has become almost a habitual aspect of my winter break these past three years, especially seeing as it is right around the corner from where I live. It is a place of heated discussion and exchange between world leaders and the...
Politicising Reproductive Rights – Help or Hindrance?

Politicising Reproductive Rights – Help or Hindrance?

In 2013, reproductive rights dominated the headlines. From Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ thirteen-hour filibuster to the jailing of a woman in El Salvador for the manslaughter of her unborn foetus, the attention given to these issues is on a high. While the politicising of reproductive freedom is nothing new, the awareness and response to...
Is Being a Mother the Most Important Job in the World?

Is Being a Mother the Most Important Job in the World?

Reading a recent article, in which the women disproved the saying that being a mother is the most important job in the world, made me ponder the questions concerning parenthood in our current world. Describing motherhood as a ‘job’ is an interesting phrase with which I would disagree. Furthermore, what about paternity? It seems parenthood...