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BSG Students, Security and conflict

Darjeeling  protests.

India’s Darjeeling: turmoil and human rights violation in the aspired Gorkhaland

Darjeeling is a district in the Indian state of West Bengal which shares the border with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. A globally renowned destination right from the days of British colonisation, its landscape, toy train, tea gardens, and timber resource made it a popular destination for visitors throughout the 20th […]

by × 14 July 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

For the first time ever, the Iraqi Kurds have seriously raised the flag of independence and recently made several critical steps forwards for this purpose. The process has been rolled out with no chances of return. The date for the independence referendum has been set: September 25, 2017. Although going […]

by × 13 June 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

A Chinese soul and a global mind For people around the world, 1st June is International Children’s Day. For me, it has another meaning. 1st June, 2017 marks the 108th Anniversary of my undergraduate alma mater, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), a university whose predecessor was founded and […]

by × 06 June 2017 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Opposition protest in Venezuela, 6 April 2017.
Image: Jamez42, Wikipedia

Understanding the Venezuelan collapse

How does a country go from the being the richest of its region to absolute collapse? Why have people been protesting daily for over two months? Moreover, why do people continue to demonstrate when over 60 people have been killed by State security forces? How bad can the situation get? […]

by × 02 June 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The city of Chengdu Tianfu in China.

China can lead on climate through its cities, companies, and investment

With the Trump administration thinking about taking the US out of the Paris Agreement and already rolling back domestic climate policies, all eyes have turned to China and whether the world’s largest emitter can occupy the leadership void left by the US. President Xi Jinping has called the 2015 Paris […]

by × 15 May 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Demonstration against homophobia in Russia. Image: Flickr Creative Commons

Homophobic purges in Putinland

When someone refuses to sell you a pizza because you are gay, it is not fascism, it is bigotry. When they kidnap you because you are gay, hold you in a secret prison, torture you into giving up your friends’ names and then return you to your family saying “Either […]

by × 02 May 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Leadership is everyone’s act of citizenship

On 24 June 2016, I devised a game I have been playing ever since. Virtually every time I meet a group of people to talk things like change and leadership, the future of work and politics, the future of Europe or democracy, I ask: “If you are under 35, please […]

by × 28 April 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Mining in Sierra Leone. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Reputable mining investors wanted in Sierra Leone

How to improve integrity due diligence in mining license management On the first anniversary of the Panama Papers, the National Minerals Agency (NMA) of Sierra Leone wants to know who they are doing business with. The NMA is the government agency responsible for issuing mining licenses. Beny Steinmetz of Simandou […]

by × 24 April 2017 ×