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BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 15-18 July 2016. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

African heads of state adopt scorecard on domestic financing for health

Last week the African Union launched the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health. The launch comes on the heels of the adoption of the scorecard by the heads of state of the 54 African Union (AU) member states at the 27th AU Summit in Rwanda on 17 July 2016. […]

by × 14 September 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Incoming student Fatou Wurie and her colleagues

From Sierra Leone to Oxford: Prepping for the move

Having lived in more than 12 countries before I was 18, people might expect me to have the ‘moving’ experience down pat. But the truth is, it is always difficult, because any move comes with a shift in routine. Change can be as exhilarating as it is frightening and sometimes, it […]

by × 14 September 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Some of the MPP students (Class of 2015) after their final exam.

Applying to Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government: What makes a good personal statement?

The Personal Statement plays a key role when our Admissions Committee are considering your application file. There is no right or wrong way to structure a statement but you should think carefully about its content: after all, this is your forum to showcase your passion, commitment, achievements, and potential. It […]

by × 13 September 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Brexit march in London, July 2016. Photo by: David B Young. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

It’s perfectly sensible to want a second EU referendum. Here’s why

In 1955, a referendum was held in Sweden on whether the country should continue to drive on the left or if there should be a switch to the right. A government committee investigating this issue had recommended such a change, the main argument being that this was the traffic system […]

by × 12 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA; Young Global Leader; Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System at the World Economic Forum on India 2012. Source: Wikipedia.

Academia and politics: From lecture halls to policy war rooms

Recently, Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has been appointed as financial advisor by the office of Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, the southernmost state of India. The row that followed has once again opened the debate on the role of academia in the business of government and policy […]

by × 08 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Bulgaria will be taking on the presidency of the European Council in 2018

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

As the Bratislava summit of the other 27 EU member states nears, shuttle diplomacy has intensified. After Theresa May’s tour of European capitals in late July, Angela Merkel met with fellow leaders last week. Both have had to acknowledge the concerns of Central and Eastern European countries – Slovakia for […]

by × 07 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Pakistani flag. Source: Pixabay.

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 ×