BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

China’s ban on foreign waste imports is a wake-up call for developed countries to rethink sustainability

On March 23, a U.S. representative raised concerns at the World Trade Organization, claiming that “China’s import restrictions on recycled commodities have caused a fundamental disruption in global supply chains for scrap materials.” His concern related to China’s decision in mid-2017 to impose a ban on the importation of 24 […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’: a peaceful transition along the thorny path to democracy

The Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’: a peaceful transition along the thorny path to democracy

April 23th 2018 marked an incredibly important milestone in the history of Armenia and perhaps in the history of the whole post-Soviet space. After 11 days of peaceful protests demanding the resignation of newly elected prime minister Serzh Sargsyan, he resigned, wishing peace and harmony to the Armenian nation. It […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

A child with old cathode ray tubes in New Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Informal vs formal recycling: the dilemma of e-waste management

One of the most exciting activities I did during my Erasmus Mundus International Joint Master Degree in Europe was a trip to Paris with my cohort classmates. Standing just underneath the Eiffel Tower, I was completely amazed by its grandness and elegance, particularly when it lit up at night with […]

by × 29 March 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Image: Oxford Circus, London. Source: Flickr.

Why walkable cities enjoy more freedom

If you happen to visit Egypt and find yourself in the famous Tahrir Square, you might be puzzled: how could this space accommodate two million protesters? In fact, the square looked different at the time of the Arab Spring, up until the new military government ringed its central part with an iron […]

by × 02 March 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

When we think of needy people, we usually think of the unemployed. Government systems—and our entire way of thinking—is focussed around joblessness as a marker for needing support. My recent Resolution Foundation research suggests the relationship between unemployment and needing help isn’t so clear cut. Most unemployed people don’t get benefits; while […]

by × 15 January 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings. An earthquake rocked Port au Prince on January 12, 2010. Photo: Marco Dormino. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Haiti earthquake anniversary: In crisis, cleverness is born

While President Donald Trump is dividing people with his comments, in the midst of natural crisis, here is what I, as an 18-year-old Haitian, was doing to help protect an American’s life during the 2010 Haiti’s earthquake, exactly 8 years ago today. “In crisis, cleverness is born” is a Chinese […]

by × 12 January 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Generic vs patented drugs: Could voluntary licenses be the answer?

Generic vs patented drugs: Could voluntary licenses be the answer?

It is not an overstatement to call India as the generic drug supplier of the world. A recent study indicated that India is the largest exporter of generics (by volume) in the world, accounting for 20% of global export volume. Low prices, strong scientific ability and high quality are the […]

by × 20 December 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Zapad-2013. Source: President of Russia.

Russia and ‘Zapad-2017’: show of force or ground for another offensive?

Russia is preparing to hold a quadrennial military exercise called ‘Zapad’ (which translates as the West) between September 14th and 20th on the territory of Western Russia, Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus. Current tensions with the West add up to the salience of the upcoming drills, which according to NATO […]

by × 13 September 2017 ×