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Board - Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Welcome everybody! At this Monday evening we present you one of the Heads of the PR committee. Please meet with Gergo!

PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Gergö: Hey I am, a foreign master student, hanging around in Gothenburg, trying to learn & thrive and make himself useful.

PR: What made you join the UF?

Gergö: I was always into history and later became interested in politics. But I consider myself as observer rather than an active participant. Although I want to add something to the common. And I believe that, spreading the knowledge and awareness is the most, one can do. And in that, our purposes with the UF are aligned.

PR: What according to you is the most current problem facing the world and what do you think is a suitable solution?

Gergö: Harm caused by humanity. And the endless dissatisfaction of ours. Even-though that’s what got us where we are now… Don’t listen to uncle Jagger.
Real solution? Figure out incentives for work without the need for growing.
Additionally I could imagine to turn down the level of arrogance and priggery and up the proclivity for critical thinking and taking responsibility.

PR: What are your thoughts on the environmental issues ?

Gergö: I am quite pessimistic regarding that. The limitless desire to possess and grow will hit back.

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for? For the world and then personally.

Gergo: For the world: Free and equal education and freedom of choice that would be a great combination. And also strength, to not hesitate being provocative. Since only discourse and meaningful debate will bring ideas.
For me: Same strength. Also a lightsaber would be cool.

PR: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now ? 

Gerg.: I have only five year plans. I heard those are almost doable..

PR: What is your hobby ? 

Gergö: Well I like loafing around in the city sometimes, read, listen to music. But I can spend my time in front of my computer easily. By doing basically nothing.

PR: What is your favourite movie ? 

Gergö: Could not name one. I like every movie with some sort of value. So definitely not Transformers. Not my favourite but Cloud Atlas is underrated.

PR: And finally Star Wars, Lord of The rings or Harry Potter ? 

Gergö: Live long and prosper.. Oh I mean.. Luke I am your father!











PR Committee
Board - Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Welcome everybody! If it Sunday that it is the very time to post about the Editor in Chief of Utblick! Please meet with Nazifa Alizada!

PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Nazifa: I am Nazifa Alizada, master’s student in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. I am the Editor in Chief of Utblick for 2019.

PR: What made you join the UF?

To be honest, I did not know much about UF before joining the board. I love writing and editing and that made me join Utblick.

PR: What according to you is the most current problem facing the world ?

Nazifa:I think the growing inequality in the world is one of the biggest problems facing the world today.

PR: What is your hobby ? 

Nazifa: Writing and traveling 🙂

PR: And finally Star Wars, Lord of The rings or Harry Potter ? 

Nazifa: Star wars is too problematic from a gender perspective for me, so definitely NO (in capital letters). I have no clue about the other two

PR Committee
Board - Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Welcome everybody! Saturday is the day of the introduction of the new Secretary of the UF Board. As light Saturday night read, we propose, to have look on her Q/A. Please meet with Jasmin Ashkani!

PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Jasmin: My name is Jasmin, and I’m currently studying a bachelors in Global Studies at the university of Gothenburg. And I hate mosquitoes.

PR: What made you join the UF?

Jasmin: Mostly the fact that I have a big interest in learning about international politics. But I also love meeting like minded people. And luckily, together, we are all a great team! #wolfpack

PR: What according to you is the most current problem facing the world and what do you think is a suitable solution?

Jasmin: Human beings. Solution? Send us all to Mars.

PR: What are your thoughts on the environmental issues ?

Jasmin: everyone should start making a change in their way of living. Then move over to a community scale, then a global scale. And innovation and entrepreneurship within the eco field should be made bigger and the opportunities to innovate should be provided for as many as possible.

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for? For the world and then Personally.

Jasmin: For the world: That everyone finds happiness in their lives.
For me: Disney making me a Disney Princess.

PR: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now ?

Jasmin: Probably being married with my own family.

PR: What is your hobby ?

Jasmin: music, writing, movies, friends.

PR: What is your favorite movie ?

Jasmin: the one that comes out 2029, it’s a Disney movie, and I’m playing a princess in it.

PR: And finally Star Wars, Lord of The rings or Harry Potter ?

Jasmin: “Now, if you two don’t mind I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed, or worse, expelled.” – Hermione

PR Committee
Board - Friday, April 19th, 2019

Let’s take your seat at the last day working day, before launching that Friday night and meet with the Head of Model United Nation, Cressida De Witte!

PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Cressida: Hi everyone, my name is Cressida, 24 years old, originally from the Netherlands and currently studying a Master of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg.

PR: What made you join the UF?

Cressida:Last semester I was looking for an activity besides university. I came across Model United Nations and got excited to meet new people, discuss and learn about new topics and the UN as an organisation. From here it was an easy decision to join the UF as well as the UF board since they offer a lot of activities and increases my knowledge about the UN.

PR: What according to you is the most current problem facing the word and what do you think is a suitable solution?

Cressida: I think the biggest challenge in the world at the moment is the move towards extremism and populism. The move towards extremism puts people in a position that they have to choose a radical position and let emotion overtake knowledge. Besides this, they become self-centered within a globalised world and are not open to some discussions and rather avoid topics that are, however, important. It would be great if I would have a solution right on the spot. Nevertheless, I think that a different, more open and knowledgable approach towards each other and issues would help resolving this trend.

PR: What are your thoughts on the environmental issues ?

Cressida:I think that we should take the environmental issues very serious. It is a fact that the world is changing rapidly because of all our emissions. The existing discussion is good in order to spread awareness to those that do not recognise environment to be an issue. However, I do think that we should start with ourselves first instead of waiting for governments to act or by telling other people what to do. For example, taking the bus instead of the plane from time to time, take shorter showers or eat a little less meat. In the end, we are all in this together.

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for? For the world and personally.

Cressida:For the world I would wish for more understanding between people. This understanding should lead to more peaceful discussions rather than violent conflicts. Having less conflicts would automatically resolve some important issues, such as displaced people and poverty.

For myself, I would wish that I will find a job that I will make me happy while making a difference to some degree.

PR: Where do you see yourself 10 years now ?

Cressida:In 10 years I hope to be happy with a good job somewhere in the world.

PR: What is your hobby ?

Cressida:In my free time I like to hang out with friends, travel, etc. Just like any other person 🙂

PR: What is your favorite movie ?

Cressida:I do have a lot of favourite movies and they change all the time..

PR: And finally Star Wars or Lord of The rings or Harry Potter ?

Cressida:I know I should be ashamed of myself but I have not watched any of those movies so I cannot pick a favourite. If I’d have to, I would choose Lord of the Rings due the fact that it has been filmed in New Zealand. (and New Zealand is an amazing and beautiful country)

PR Committee
Board - Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Greetings again for everybody! In the 4th day of the introductory-week you can meet with the Head of the Events Committee!
Please welcome Dino !


PRPlease introduce yourself a little bit

Dino: I’m a law student at Handels who’s been a member of UF for the last two years. Obviously what made me join initially was the interest for a platform with non-partisan view of politics, and I am looking forward to take the association even closer to that goal during my time as Head of the Events committee. 

PRWhat, according to you is the most current problem facing the word and what do you think is a suitable solution.

Dino: What is the biggest problem in the world and what can be a solution?
Depends on who we ask. We live in a society where almost nobody wants to take responsibility, not just for the challenges in society, but even for their own lives. There is a huge vacuum – a lack of leadership – on active values (symbolically ”on the top”), which leads to polarisation and an unhealthy balance in our actions (”on the ground”).. 
..Also, I would add that, people need to get more tolerant, take less offence but simultaneously grow a spine.

PR: What are your thoughts on the environmental issues ?

Dino: We either got to redefine the meaning of a ”good” life and the luxuries it contains, or the population of the world needs to drop drastically. As long as commercialization is part of the modern culture, the first seems almost impossible, especially as more and more people are drawn out of poverty. As to the second, its inevitable that we are directly linked to the well-being of mother nature.
The rhetoric is misleading, because the nature will eventually adapt. However, the question is whether we will be a part of that transition. 

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for. For the world and personally.

Dino: First, give everyone a shot at doing what they really want to do.
For myself.. I’ll quote Gates on this one, the ability to read much faster. 

PR: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now ?

Dino: 10 years from now I am on my way to conquer the world; but first I got to conquer myself. 

PR: What is your hobby ?

Dino: Playing and writing music, kayaking and being in nature, reading and writing, and learning random stuff about things I did not know existed. 

PR: What is your favorite movie ?

Dino: Hollywood produces interesting stuff but there’s a whole world of national movies globally which are more genuine. I like those kind of varieties where you get a fresh perspective. 

PR: And finally Star Wars or Lord of The rings or Harry Potter ?

Dino: Harry Potter!










PR Committee
Board - Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Greetings for everybody! In the 3rd round of the introductory-week please welcome the UFS Representative, Anahita!

PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Anahita: My name is Anahita, I’m 20 years old and a law student at the university of gothenburg. I’m the UFS-representative ( or SAIA representative) for gothenburg, which means that not only am I a part of the gothenburg board but also a part of the national UF board. I’m essentially the intermediate between the national board and the regional one.

PR: What made you join the UF?

Anahita: Originally I joined the Mun:s that UF organises. I’d heard about them from different people and thought it would be interesting to try out. Once I started with mun I met different people that shared the same interest in foreign policy, and UF became like a little community for me. Now I’m the UFS representitiv and I am meeting even more people, discussing politics in a wider range and in a fun and creative environment.

PR: What, according to you is the most current problem facing the word and what do you think is a suitable solution?

Anahita: I am a strong advocate for the construction and cohesion of various international communities. Without going into it too much, I think it is the closest the world will come to impartiality and objectivity between different countries. Where one recognizes that there are joint values and interests that should be safeguarded by the international communities.

Today we are seeing that countries are happy to leave different international communities to protect their own interests. This view, will in the long run prove to be catastrophic. Protecting the international communities I believe is a vital problem that the world is facing today. Disregarding what one thinks about them per se, it is the lesser of two evils. Solution? Educate people about why they exist, what their function is and the positive impact they have.

PR: What are your thoughts on the environmental issues ?

Anahita: I believe it is the only common denominator between people today. Though it’s still a dire situation with a lot of problems. The main one being that rich and big countries are the worst environmental beacons. These countries have the highest ecological footprints, yet make the least effort to remediate the problems. In the end, smaller countries with more environmentally friendly precaution won’t make a big difference when looking at the bigger picture. One needs to get the larger countries involved and one way of doing such is through intentional communities.

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for? For the world and personally.

Anahita:
For the world = World peace ( Insert Miss universe soundtrack).

Personally = Have dinner with Che Guevara

PR: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now ?

Anahita:̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄

PR: What is your hobby ?

Anahita: I enjoy swimming and reading-preferably George Orwell.

PR: What is your favorite movie ?

Anahita:Anything disney.

PR: And finally Star Wars or Lord of The rings or Harry Potter ?

The boy who lived all the way.

PR Committee
Board - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Dear all! We are excited to introduce you our next interviewee. Please welcome our Vice President, Tamar Khatchadourian!

PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Tamar: Hi! My name is Tamar Khatchadourian, I’m 24 years old and i’m studying a master in human rights. I hold the postition as vice president in UF. 

PR: What made you join the UF?

Tamar: The main reason why I joined UF is my huge interest in have international affairs. The UF is a great association with events that fits everyone and I wanted to be a part of that. 

PR: 3.What according to you is the most current problem facing the word and what do you think is a suitable solution?

Tamar: Extreme poverty is one of the most current problems today and I find the Sdgs, sustainable development goals, as a step in the right direction. A good solution also include spreading knowledge and I strongly feel that the UF helps with that.

PR: 4. What are your thoughts on the environmental issues?

Tamar: We face a lot of environmental issues and I feel quite worried about how far the issue has developed. I also worry about the fact that some world leaders don’t pay attention to this and pretty much says that environmental issues are lies.

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for? For the world and personally.

Tamar: For the world I would wish that all the sdgs gets fulfilled and the genie would also have to make me one of the world leaders. 

PR:  Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Tamar: Hopefully working with something I find meaningful, preferably working in or with the UN do make the world a better place. 

PR: What is your hobby?

Tamar: Having a very tight schedule with lots of things to do daily have made chilling out my hobby. So chilling with friends or alone watching a series or reading a book is what I like to do in my spare time. 

PR: What is your favorite movie?

Tamar: I’m more of a series person so I’m going to name my favorite series instead: PRISON BREAK!! 

PR: And finally Star Wars, Lord of The rings or Harry Potter?

Tamar: Harry Potter, always and forever ❤️

PR Committee
Board - Monday, April 15th, 2019

Hey everyone! 

Since a new board has been elected, we thought it would be nice to introduce us a little more to you and bring our team a bit closer, through some Q and A. We will present each member on daily basis on UF’s page so stay tuned! 

Let’s start our introductory week, with our beloved leader!

Meet the President, Marigona Goxhuli!


PR: Please introduce yourself a little bit:

Marigona: My name is Marigona, I’m 19 years old and currently in my second year of law school. In my free time I like to play the piano, guitar and sing. If I am not studying or working, I’m probably watching korean dramas and blasting k-pop through my speakers!

PR: What made you join the UF?

Marigona: I’ve always had a huge interest in international affairs. I came across the association when I was searching for MUN:s in Gothenburg. When I saw that UF had a MUN-committee it immediately drew me in.

PR: What according to you is the most current problem facing the word and what do you think is a suitable solution?

Marigona: I believe that the lack of knowledge is really hindering us as a society to move forward. The lack of knowledge and ignorance among the people leads to extremist views, even going so far as to not believing facts. I think a solution for this is to really urge everyone to be very wary of what they read online. If you are unsure of an issue, research it and form your own opinion instead of just blindly trusting one article or one person.

PR: What are your thoughts on the environmental issues?

Marigona: I think it’s hard to make a quick change since a lot of people don’t really want to change their lifestyles. However, one person makes a huge difference when it comes to the impact on the environment. It worries me that we have politicians that deny global warming even though we have more than enough evidence that it is an actual issue, and an urgent one at that.

PR: If you were to meet a genie, what two wishes would you wish for? For the world and personally.

Marigona: For the world: I would wish for equality between the genders and education for all. 

Personally: I would wish for a successful career and good health for everyone around me.

PR: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Marigona: I see myself working at an embassy somewhere in the world. Maybe I’ll be working as a lawyer, who knows what the future holds!

PR: What is your hobby?

Marigona: I enjoy playing the piano and singing. I also really like playing and watching football (Barca fan since ’06) as well as watching UFC.

PR: What is your favorite movie?

Marigona: Call me by your name. Or Mulan. Honestly it changes all the time!

PR: And finally Star Wars, Lord of The rings or Harry Potter?

Marigona: Lord of The Rings all day errday!


PR Committee
Board, UF kick-off - Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Arad Aslrousta
Board, Fun, The Organization - Friday, June 9th, 2017

Say hello to Rebecca Hartill, Secretary of the Society of International Affairs!

What made you want to be the secretary of UF?

Rebecca: Well, I´ve thought about becoming an active member of UF since I started university in 2015. I´ve always gone to the Society´s lectures and events and last semester I finally got around to applying. I suppose I applied for secretary because I wanted to have experience of working in a presidium of a non-for-profit organisation. The most valuable experience so far being to write protocols, since it gives me the opportunity to write formal documents in English.

 

Tell us a bit about your background in general and your interest in international affairs?

As a political science student I suppose I must say I´m from a working-class background. My mum´s from west Sweden, and dad´s from Derbyshire, England. Before going to university, I worked for a few years. I never really planned to do a degree, one day when I was fed up with work I sort of half-heartedly applied for a three-year course for a B.Sc. in political science. And here I am, super in love with the academic fields I´ve chosen, currently studying my last semester in economics before I write my thesis. I´m not sure why I´m so into international affairs… I´ve just always been interested in politics, since I was a kid. When I was little I also used to be very fascinated by other cultures and languages. I´d like sit and turn the pages of our atlas at home or pretend I spoke Russian or something like that. So, I suppose my interest in IA has just kind of always been there in the back of my head, even though I haven´t acted on it until recently.

 

Donald Trump recently announced that the United States will pull away from the Paris Agreement. What are your thoughts on this matter and what are your best tips for sustainable living?

Well, to be honest, I´m not sure I really know enough about the details around the Paris Agreement to say anything substantial. I think, of course, that the US president is making a huge mistake. But that’s neither a surprising answer nor very interesting. I think a US default might be a turning point for who dominates globally. I have a book at home by Martin Jacques titled “When China rules the world”. I haven´t read it yet but when I walked past my bookshelf the other day and spotted it I thought that Mr Trump has sparked just this, a Chinese led world order.

 

I also think that the narrative or discourse or whatever one wants to call it, in mainstream media and even in academia (as much as I´ve read at least), has a very narrow perspective on how to cope with climate change and how to create sustainable living. The focus is all too often on state cohesion and how states or other international and supranational organisations must subdue capitalist markets. However, I have never read a single article on how consumer power can, at least in theory, alter markets completely. Basic micro economic theory suggests that producers supply what consumers demand. Now, I´m not suggesting altered consumer demand is the answer to all problems related to climate change. I am however suggesting that sustainable living to a certain extent starts with the individual consumer.

 

Who is your favourite movie villain and why?

That’s a difficult question. I have several villains I´m slightly fascinated by. Hans Landa, Bellatrix Lestrange, the Joker and Hannibal Lecter are all villains I´d like to have dinner with if I could, given that my physical safety could be guaranteed, of course; I guess I simply find them intriguing. But if I had to pick, I´d pick Hans Landa. For one thing, I think Christoph Waltz does such a terrific job playing the character and also, he´s just so sneaky, you never know what he´ll be up to next.

 

What are you looking forward to this summer?

I suppose I´m looking forward to the thing all residents of Sweden look forward to; temperatures above + 10 degrees Celsius, more than 4 hours of sunlight and green surroundings. I´ve also had some books for a while waiting to be read, I´m looking forward to reading them.

Arad Aslrousta