St Andrews is home to the highest ranked International Relations department in the United Kingdom. Along with the university’s highly international student and staff body, it is only natural that Foreign Affairs Society thrives here.
The St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society is Affiliated with the University of St Andrews and is the school of International Relations' official student organization. However our society is not just populated by IR students but attracts a range of degrees, including geographers, historians, and scientists.
One of our main occupations is our annual lecture series. Notable speakers we have hosted include the Prince of Jordan, the Japanese Consul General, and the political attaché of the Israeli Embassy in London. Without fail, our events are eagerly attended by students and faculty of the university. Our lectures are complemented by formal and informal debates, and socials.
In addition to this, we hold an annual conference, the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Conference (‘SAFAC’), which each year considers a different theme. Past themes have included Global Health and Pandemics, the Arab Spring, and Nationalism. The conference attracts international speakers and crosses academic disciplines. Our February 2018 conference was one of our most successful yet and we will soon be announcing the topic for our 2019 conference.
A third and crucial component of Foreign Affairs is the Foreign Affairs Review, our journal. A team of over 40 analysts publish articles weekly on their website foreignaffairsreview.co.uk, allowing deeper exploration into global politics and current affairs beyond the scope of the International Relations course. Founded in 2012, the Foreign Affairs Review prides itself on being the largest publication at St Andrews, both in terms of staff size and output. All analysts are competitively selected, and write authoritatively and regularly on a wide range topics.
PRESIDENT: Riley Sanborn
VICE PRESIDENT: Louise Rosenberg
TREASURER: Farrah Barber
FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Sofiia Bairamukova
FOREIGN AFFAIRS REVIEW EDITOR IN CHIEF: Mansi Gaur
MARKETING DIRECTOR: Jemima Ford
SPEAKERS COORDINATOR: Rachel Herz
SOCIAL EVENTS REPRESENTATIVE: Anna Pitts-Tucker
Membership in the University of St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society is £5 for an annual subscription. Each member is entitled to free access to each society event exclusive of the conference. Members will receive discounted access to the conference.
Membership is available at each society event and will be made available at the Freshers and Refreshers Fayre each year.
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