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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 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

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Digital norms: co-governance for a trusted digital world

This is a timely blog. Fadi Chehadé proposes a digital co-governance system to address current and future digital issues buffeting the world. He brings to this proposal his experience at the helm of ICANN, one of the key institutions in the digital governance space, and his subsequent work as a […]

by × 01 February 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

A People's Vote march in London on 23 June 2018. Photo by ilovetheeu via Wikimedia Commons.

The referendum risk

Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing certain defeat, has postponed Parliament’s vote on the deal she concluded with the European Union last month on the United Kingdom’s departure from the bloc, the case for a “people’s vote” – a second Brexit referendum – is gaining ground. But is […]

by × 13 December 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Why a Sino-American cold war won’t happen

It is often said that the US and China – superpowers at economic, geopolitical, and ideological loggerheads – are heading toward a new cold war. And the rhetoric – at least from one side – has come to resemble that of Winston Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech, one of the inaugural events of […]

by × 22 October 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

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Britain’s losing trade strategy

Given the escalating trade war between the United States and China, countries around the world are rushing to consolidate their trade relations and preserve existing supply chains. Not so the UK, which is now in the final stages of negotiations to withdraw from the European Union – a move that […]

by × 29 August 2018 ×