From 2006-2011 I studied Politics and Russian at the University of Bristol, covering a wide range of political topics from international relations and democratization to Africa, the European Union, the U.S. Presidency and the development of post-Communist states.
On the Russian side, in addition to an ab initio language program, I took a variety of history and literature units including Dostoevsky, contemporary Russian thought, the modern Russian novel and Soviet/Russian cinema.
Two of my final year politics research projects have been published on this site:
- To what extent has the ‘War on Terror’ enabled emerging informational forces, such as Al-Jazeera and WikiLeaks, to successfully challenge US and Western hegemony in the global media landscape?
- Bill Clinton was heavily criticised for failing to produce a positive foreign policy legacy, especially on relations with Russia. Analyse this view in terms of the extent to which three key factors – the president, his advisors and the actions of Moscow itself – shaped the direction of US policy in this area.
Throughout 2011 and 2012 I will regularly post material from my M.S. journalism course at Columbia.