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BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

The arrest of Christ by Giotto (detail). Photo by Steven Zucker.

How should we imagine war?

Most diplomats and policymakers who decide their nation’s security policy or shape UN resolutions in New York and Geneva on conflicts in Syria, Yemen or Mali have never lived through a war, or seen one close-up. Like most of us, they must imagine war. They must see it in their […]

by × 28 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Ib Petersen speaks at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in 2019 (Image credit: UNFPA)

Creating a better future for women and girls: MPP alumnus interviews Ib Petersen

On 24 June 2020, Ib Petersen was appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director, Management of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Mr Petersen brings over 30 years’ experience serving the Danish government in bilateral and multilateral affairs and development. He has served as Director for the […]

by × 24 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni

Mobilising UN Volunteers to address global challenges: MPP alumnus interviews Olivier Adam

Mobilising UN Volunteers to address global challenges: MPP alumnus interviews Olivier Adam

Olivier Adam took office as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 2 January 2017. Growing up during the Cold War, and witnessing the lasting impact of World War II on close family members, Mr Adam holds the UN Charter and the value of peace close to […]

by × 18 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

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Cooperation in Kyrgyzstan in times of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there are essentially two sides to handling the chaos in the health system: trust the government to fulfil his part of the social contract, and rely on solidarity and self-help. In Kyrgyzstan, COVID-19 led to a strong surge of solidarity. Thousands of volunteers got […]

by × 10 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The WTO: Institutional reform and future leadership

The WTO: Institutional reform and future leadership

The changing scene of global trade After graduating from high school, I spent the summer of 2011 at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. I visited international organisations, interacted with international experts and senior officials, learned about trade and advocacy, and developed an understanding of the role of international organisations […]

by × 03 September 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Food supplied by UK aid for people affected by Hurricane Irma is distributed in East End, Tortola, BVI. Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID

We need a new way to think about aid

The West’s idea of international aid and development as the rich world rightly meeting its ethical obligation to help poor countries to modernise and join the club of developed countries is looking increasingly out of touch with the times. For a start, most aid today is going to people in […]

by × 02 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. A famous example discussed in the past few months has been that of the United States being considered de jure the most prepared country in the world in terms of detecting and responding rapidly to and mitigating […]

by × 01 September 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

War, economic crisis, poverty, political incompetence and endemic corruption have left the Lebanese people feeling hopeless and defeated for many years. The unprecedented explosion that took place on 4 August counting at least 220 deaths, including children, and 7,000 people injured was the final straw. As citizens take to the […]

by × 27 August 2020 ×