BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

US general election polls 2016. Source: Wikimedia

Systemic errors, group behaviour and uncertainty: Why the polls did not predict Trump’s victory

Many people predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential elections – academics, pollsters, newspapers. I was assuming so, too. She was leading with a significant edge in national polls over the last weeks of the electoral campaign. But now Donald Trump is the President-elect. Why did the polls […]

by × 01 December 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Coldplay  at Glastonbury 2016. Photo by: Guy Hurst. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Law, nationalism and absurdity: The case of Coldplay and the Indian flag

Coldplay performed in India for the first time last weekend. The band was promoting a sanitation campaign at the Global Citizen Festival on World Toilet Day. It was a grand occasion for Indian music lovers and a rare (if not unique) chance for the sub-continent seeing performances from world famous […]

by × 23 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Central Square and Legislative Council Building, Hong Kong

In the darkest hour we must have faith not fear

We have hit a new low over these past two weeks. Barely anyone could have foreseen the outcome of the US elections last week that has led to a questioning of democracy. While in Hong Kong, Beijing NPCSC’s interpretation of the Basic Law (the constitution that governs Hong Kong Special […]

by × 18 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Can Marrakech’s COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris’ COP21?

Can Marrakech’s COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris’ COP21?

In December 2015, the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had made a decisive turning point in the world’s endeavour to avert dangerous changes in our climate. 195 nations pledged to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Bruno and his family in front of the British Museum, London.

Plan ahead and go with the flow: Lessons for studying for a Master of Public Policy with family

When I first thought about doing a master degree, a big part of the motivation was to give my kids the opportunity to study abroad. The benefits of a full year of new adventures in a foreign country is hard to measure and also tough to visualise. Learning another language […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting a crisis on an international scale

“Antimicrobial resistance is a crisis that must be managed with the utmost urgency. As the world enters the ambitious new era of sustainable development, we cannot allow hard-won gains for health to be eroded by the failure of our mainstay medicines.” – Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization According to […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Our alumna Dorkina Myrick at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, the culmination of her MPP summer project.

Politics and policy: My summer project at the UK Department of Health

This past summer marked the 20th anniversary of my first visit to the United Nations (UN). I remember first walking into the UN complex during a family trip. We promptly joined a tour and were fortunate to be assigned a guide who was deeply knowledgeable about the inner workings of […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

In the past week we had the pleasure to have the Blavatnik School of Government’s Dean Ngaire Woods as a guest lecturer at Schwarzman College (Tsinghua University) sharing various lessons, from global governance issues to the challenges in current political leadership. Personally, the lectures brought back a lot of memories […]

by × 03 November 2016 ×