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BSG Students, Security and conflict

US soldiers in Mosul, Iraq (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kieran Cuddihy. Source: Wikimedia)

What should come after ISIS in Mosul?

The military campaign for the liberation of the Islamic State’s stronghold city of Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province, has begun today. After twenty-eight months of controlling the second-largest city of Iraq, ISIS’s chapter in Iraq will be brought almost to an end. Yet as the most diversified and […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Third-party information as a tax tool

Third-party information as a tax tool

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”, said Benjamin Franklin. Taxes have always been frowned upon and tax collectors have been vilified and despised, except probably by Christ (and since he came for the scum of the earth, this is the exception that […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Image: Pixabay

Governance in the Digital Century

On 30 September, at the stroke of midnight, the U.S. government took a revolutionary step towards a new regime of global digital governance: the U.S. concluded that a global coalition of private businesses, governments, and civic groups is ready to oversee a core function of the Internet. Until now the […]

by × 11 October 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Emergency room. Source: flickr U.S. Navy photo

What the emergency room taught me about being overworked

It was a hectic Saturday afternoon in the emergency room of a major Berlin hospital. The list of unseen patients was long, the hallways astir with nurses and doctors juggling diverse tasks and patients. I quickly greeted my busy colleagues and they briefed me on what had priority—no time for […]

by × 10 October 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Colombia peace march in 2008. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Colombia’s peace agreement offers a roadmap towards justice, truth and reparation

This Sunday Colombians will vote to approve the peace agreement between the National Government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC). The day of the signing, probably the country’s most important day in its modern history, followed the announcement of a definitive ceasefire made by President Juan Manuel Santos […]

by × 02 October 2016 ×

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 ×