Originally published in 1996/1997, Issue 1 (Issue 49)

Issue 49 of Interstate opens with a section on three international organizations at different stages in their developments. The 50th Anniversary of the United Nations is marked by Malcolm Harper, who leads with an impassioned defence of the UN, providing a timely contrast to the criticisms of the media. Leah Pybus assesses the role of the OSCE in the post-Cold War era. Leah considers firstly whether the OSCE is obsolete in the absence of East-West rivalry and then looks at it as an important guiding body in the “new Europe.”Andrew Jones addresses the future of the European Union and finds fault with the polarisation of the debate into radically pro and anti European camps..

The Poland diary is an insightful and enlightening account of the lives of three of the five Aber students who spent a semester studying in Poland. Ben Shepard follows with an article on Theatre Missile Defence, detailing the threat posed by the proliferation of missile technologies and urging caution in the West’s response.

Two articles address the world of Intelligence. Weeks after the final Russian reconnaissance fell from the sky due to lack of funding, James Ritchie investigates the secretive world of Imaging Intelligence, while John Devlin considers the future for Western Intelligence organisations after the Cold War.

Bill Clinton is a man facing scandals over sexual harassment, Whitewater, the conduct of White House staff, sources of funding and continuing questions over the suicide of Vince Foster. John Heathershaw provides an analysis of the US Presidential elections and explains how Bill Clinton kept his job.

Robin Burls opens our section on British politics with a case in favour of the preservation of the monarchy in a welcome contrast to ongoing criticism in the media and by the public. The current ideologies apparent in British politics are identified and discussed by Chloe Campen in her article about the changes taking place in the Conservative and Labour Parties prior to the General Election.

Paul Williams and Hilary Bradshaw recount the exploits of participants at the latest crisis game at Gregygnog. Finally, Jenny Mathers takes over the writing of the Departmental Diary. It has been an eventful year since the last issue of Interstate and the Diary details developments within the department.

Interstate is finally making the step into the Information Age, with a site on the Internet currently undergoing production. The site, which will be open in January, will provide readers with the opportunity to read and comment on future articles and will archive previous issues. Interstate Online will be accessible through the International Politics Departmental homepage.

Once again, with the exception of the Departmental Diary, Interstate carries no articles by members of staff. With no sign of a lessening of the pressure on staff to publish papers and books, this situation may regrettably continue. It is important therefore that undergraduates and postgraduates write more articles for the journal.