Articles by: Giulia Biasibetti

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Patrick Les Galesat the Challenges of Government Conference 2014

Bringing in the doctors: can academia save government from itself?

Academics and policymakers need to work harder to ensure that the best evidence informs and gets translated into the most effective public policies. That is one of the main underlying conclusions from the “Challenges of Government: Flourishing Cities” conference, organised by the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government and held in Oxford last week.

by × 19 December 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Peshawar school attack: Will it be a turning point in the war against terrorism?

Peshawar school attack: Will it be a turning point in the war against terrorism?

Welcome to Denialistan and Contradictionistan. Yes, all this has happened in the “land of the pure” and there are no signs of it coming to an end in the near future. Will this prove to be the turning point in the war against extremism and terrorism? At least, I am not optimistic. Here are my reasons.

by × 17 December 2014 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Durbar Square in Kathmandu  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Kathmandu is hit by a major earthquake every 70 or 80 years – and the last was in 1934

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and home to an estimated 2.5m people, sits in a zone of high seismic activity. The city has historically been hit by a major earthquake every 70 or 80 years. The last big one was in 1934. The eight-magnitude quake destroyed most of Kathmandu’s houses, […]

by × 08 December 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Everyone loses in the National Lottery

Everyone loses in the National Lottery

“Anyone can be a winner!” proclaim the billboards advertising the Israeli National Lottery, but in this game of chance, distributive justice is the clear loser. What at first seems like a voluntary, fun and harmless way to raise money for the public good is in fact a colossal tax-levying mechanism, under-regulated and regressive, not only in Israel but around the world.

by × 04 December 2014 ×

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Levy, Schiffrin and Woods at the event.

How journalism can still change the world

  “How many of you read newspapers or use TV and radio for their news at least once every two days?” Hands go up. The answer to such a question varies according to whom it is directed. A class of sixth-formers, the audience at a digital innovation conference or a […]

by × 21 October 2014 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Fighting the Islamic State — how much will it cost?

Fighting the Islamic State — how much will it cost?

Twelve years ago we stumbled into a war in Iraq with little thought as to how much it would cost or how we might pay for it. Trillions of dollars later, we are about to wade into another protracted conflict, and once again there is no financial strategy.

by × 10 October 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Map of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.

Pakistan – an opportunity to take a broader approach?

MPP student Rafiullah Kakar reflects upon the recent military offensive of the Pakistani government against the Taliban in the North-West of the country, which has forced almost half a million people to flee their homes. For Rafiullah, the military operation should just be the beginning of a broader approach.

by × 30 June 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Oil Refinery at dawn (source: Glenn Euloth, Flickr)

SPARC bonds: a ‘sparkling’ new tool against fossil fuel subsidies

From boosting financial gains to reducing CO2 emissions, there are clear benefits from removing inefficient fossil fuel consumption subsidies. BSG Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Thomas Hale and Peter Ogden, Senior Fellow and Director of International Energy and Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress, explore a new policy tool that […]

by × 26 June 2014 ×