Arts and Culture: The Missing Piece of the Peacebuilding Puzzle

Thoughts from the Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought 2016 The last weekend of August was a warm and slightly drizzly one in the Scottish Borders. I found myself spending it milling around the grounds of the beautiful Traquair House, in marquees, yurts, and wig-wams filled with diplomats, artists, politicians, and writers. FumblingContinue reading “Arts and Culture: The Missing Piece of the Peacebuilding Puzzle”

St Andrews for Syria Preview: The White Helmets

The Syrian Civil War, now in its fifth year, has become a major crisis that affects not only Syria itself and the Middle East, but also the rest of the world. It has caused massive harm to the economy, with total economic losses from the beginning of the conflict to the end of 2014 estimatedContinue reading “St Andrews for Syria Preview: The White Helmets”

Summer Series: A Conference to Change the World

How many places exist where you can find people from all over the world, of all religions, and from opposite sides of violent conflict in one room discussing how to make the world a better place? This is exactly what happens in Caux, Switzerland every summer where Initiatives of Change holds its conferences. In aContinue reading “Summer Series: A Conference to Change the World”

Review: Children Are Our Future

To mark the end of their Perspectives series, UNICEF On Campus hosted a panel discussion with three previous speakers on the 5th of April. The topic was children’s issues and the panelists delivered diverse perspectives rooted in their individual backgrounds which made the discussion lively, engaging, and informative. UNICEF has, once again, been able toContinue reading “Review: Children Are Our Future”

Review: Friends of MSF’s ‘Access to the Danger Zone’ Film Screening

On Monday the 28th of October, Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières (FoMSF) hosted a film screening for ‘Access to the Danger Zone’, a documentary about the trials and dangers which MSF workers, both medical and administrative go through on a daily basis to achieve their humanitarian goals. The film was very well produced and featuredContinue reading “Review: Friends of MSF’s ‘Access to the Danger Zone’ Film Screening”

Review: Friends of MSF’s 'Access to the Danger Zone' Film Screening

On Monday the 28th of October, Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières (FoMSF) hosted a film screening for ‘Access to the Danger Zone’, a documentary about the trials and dangers which MSF workers, both medical and administrative go through on a daily basis to achieve their humanitarian goals. The film was very well produced and featuredContinue reading “Review: Friends of MSF’s 'Access to the Danger Zone' Film Screening”

Justice Triumphant: Guatemala’s Attorney General in St. Andrews

On October 22nd, the University of St. Andrews had the distinct pleasure of hearing Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz give the first of a series of lectures on Latin America. As the current and first female Attorney General of Guatemala, this lecture series could not have begun with a more impressive individual; as Paz yContinue reading “Justice Triumphant: Guatemala’s Attorney General in St. Andrews”

Justice Triumphant: Guatemala's Attorney General in St. Andrews

On October 22nd, the University of St. Andrews had the distinct pleasure of hearing Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz give the first of a series of lectures on Latin America. As the current and first female Attorney General of Guatemala, this lecture series could not have begun with a more impressive individual; as Paz yContinue reading “Justice Triumphant: Guatemala's Attorney General in St. Andrews”

Escape from Camp 14: North Korea’s Prison Camps Under Scrutiny

Published in 2012, Escape from Camp 14 tells the story of Shin Dong-Hyuk, the first known person born in a North Korean political prison camp to have escaped. Journalist Blaine Harden chronicles Shin’s journey leading up to his escape and his subsequent adjustment to life in both South Korea and the United States. A NewContinue reading “Escape from Camp 14: North Korea’s Prison Camps Under Scrutiny”

Escape from Camp 14: North Korea's Prison Camps Under Scrutiny

Published in 2012, Escape from Camp 14 tells the story of Shin Dong-Hyuk, the first known person born in a North Korean political prison camp to have escaped. Journalist Blaine Harden chronicles Shin’s journey leading up to his escape and his subsequent adjustment to life in both South Korea and the United States. A NewContinue reading “Escape from Camp 14: North Korea's Prison Camps Under Scrutiny”