BSG Alumni

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Schoolchildren in India. Image: Pxhere.

Equal rights and equal rise: discussing education reform

Prior to studying for the Masters of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, I worked as a legal aid advocate in the State of Bihar (India). For roughly two years, my job involved defending financially weak individuals accused of committing crimes, in the courts of the poorest state […]

by × 04 September 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

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Can the West compete with the Asian dragon in the African infrastructure space?

In the recent “Dance of the Lions and Dragons” report issued by McKinsey, the story of the infrastructure gap is raised: whilst Africa’s spending on infrastructure has fuelled an infrastructure building boom supported largely by government debt, it still falls short of the $150 billion dollars per annum required. To […]

by × 02 August 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 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 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Whatsapp screen. Image by Sam Azgor. Source: Flickr CC

Governance in the time of Whatsapp

Early this year, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi suspended a government officer in Puducherry, one of the six Union Territories of India, for sending an obscene video in a WhatsApp group dedicated to improving the administration, of which she and other senior bureaucrats were members. Soon the Chief Minister banned the […]

by × 06 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

An illustration showing the effects of domestic violence (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Recognise stalking as domestic violence in Malaysia

After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look for her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children around her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she filed a police report, but she was not given […]

by × 01 March 2017 ×