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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Trump protester in London in 2018. Photo by Alisdare Hickson. Source: Flickr.

Democracies in danger

By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority community for short-term political popularity. Kashmir will henceforth be ruled more directly from the government in New Delhi, and Hindu nationalists are thrilled. Carefully maintained constitutional […]

by × 21 August 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

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Can the UK rise to the global leadership challenge on climate?

Although final approval is needed, the UN will likely tap the UK to host next year’s critical climate summit. COP26, as the conference is called, will be the first test of countries’ appetite to raise their climate pledges under the historic Paris Agreement adopted in 2015. With success far from […]

by × 10 July 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

USDA photo by Lance Cheung. Source: Flickr

Can multilateralism survive the Sino-American rivalry?

The strategic rivalry between the United States and China poses a sharp challenge to international organisations, which are now at risk of becoming mere pawns of either power. Whether multilateral institutions can retain a role in facilitating desperately needed international cooperation remains to be seen. The Sino-American conflict is already […]

by × 09 July 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The Trump Baby blimp rises over London’s Parliament Square. Image: Michael Reeve. Source: Flickr.

Protesting in the digital age

Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies. And in many democracies nowadays, those rights are being used to the fullest. Climate activists […]

by × 30 April 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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The Brexit impossibility triangle

With the European Union’s latest extension of the United Kingdom’s membership in the bloc, onlookers around the world are right to wonder why the Brexit process has proved so intractable. The short answer is that the UK’s government and parliament are trying to achieve three incompatible goals: preserving the country’s […]

by × 15 April 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Austerity in English local government: why collaboration was not the answer after all

Austerity in English local government: why collaboration was not the answer after all

Whether by historical standards, or compared with other parts of the public sector, the financial settlement awarded to English local government in 2010 was undoubtedly tough. As the Coalition Government sought to manage a perilous fiscal situation through a combination of modest tax rises and far more significant spending cuts, grants to […]

by × 15 March 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Trump’s troop withdrawals: more than meets the eye

Trump’s troop withdrawals: more than meets the eye

Donald Trump’s pledge to withdraw US ground troops from Syria and Afghanistan has become one of the most controversial foreign policy decisions of his presidency. The political backlash following Trump’s abrupt announcement to immediately remove all 2,000 troops from Syria last December has caused a series of partial reversals, with […]

by × 05 March 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Brexit’s lost world

Brexit’s lost world

Three shifts, in particular, have created a more hostile environment for a plucky country wanting to set out on its own. First, the global rules-based system has been seriously weakened. Second, China no longer looks like such a good partner for the United Kingdom. And, third, tech platforms have left […]

by × 21 February 2019 ×