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BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Why Pakistani liberals are unable to resolve their Balochistan dilemma

Why Pakistani liberals are unable to resolve their Balochistan dilemma

To remain Pakistani, they cannot endorse Baloch independence. To remain liberal, they cannot honestly believe in Pakistaniyat. Pakistani liberals fight many fights that ultimately benefit the people and polity of the country. They fight for greater democracy, for women, for minorities, for the environment, for secularism. These fights are difficult, […]

by × 26 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Celebrations in the squares of Bogota

The end of Colombia’s armed conflict is close: What policy challenges lie ahead?

Colombians witnessed a historical moment yesterday when the national government and the FARC guerilla signed an agreement to finalize a fifty-year old armed conflict. Thousands of people celebrated in city squares and the social networks were swept by a tsunami of messages about the peace accord. However, not everyone supports […]

by × 25 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

MPP student Cameron Bell in Iraq

Summer project fieldwork: Between Iraq and a hard place

It was already feeling like a long day when I sat down with Ahmed for a cup of Iraqi sweet tea. He had come from the nearby Kurdish department of foreign relations, but I had come north from Sulaymaniyah, about a 3-hour drive away, in mid-day temperatures hovering around 46C. […]

by × 23 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Computer and e-waste recycling in Africa. Source: Free Computer Recycling.

The advent of South-South cooperation in dealing with global e-waste challenge?

South-South cooperation has become an integral part in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. Now we may find structural transformation from natural resource export based economies towards “Made-in-Africa” industrial economy on Africa’s new development agenda. Circular economy offers a set of pathways for African countries to fulfill their intended nationally determined […]

by × 17 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Tattoo artist. Source: Pixabay.

There’s a world beyond your profession. Unlock it.

It was during my second week working as a medical doctor that I attended to a man in his fifties who took an unsuspecting action that could have cost his life. He was annoyed with a tattoo on his forearm that he had acquired in his twenties. Conveniently, a tattoo […]

by × 16 August 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Head offices. Source: Wikimedia

The journey from Oxford to Rio 2016’s Opening Ceremony

During my time in the MPP, a senior civil servant delivered a lecture about his experience organising the London 2012 Olympic Games. I had not fully understood the scale of the Olympic Games before that lecture, nor had I thought about the vast amount of planning and infrastructure that goes into […]

by × 05 August 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Deepening Democracy

Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Wikimedia

Why don’t we trust our leaders?

In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to install leaders of their choosing. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party MPs have been stymied in their efforts to unseat […]

by × 04 August 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The woman on the right is the proud caretaker of a public sanitation facility with separated toilets and showers for men and women. In a country where up to 77 percent of women say they have been the victim of sexual violence, it is important to minimize the risk of assault. Photo by European Commission DG Echo on Flickr

Sexual violence and justice in Liberia

Martha’s daughter was only 12 years old when a group of men raped her in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. The police arrested one of the attackers, but did not refer the case for prosecution – an outcome that, Martha believes, had a lot to do with her inability to […]

by × 28 July 2016 ×