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BSG Students, Science and technology

Tinkoff Bank Mobile banking application. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The role of financial technology in the fight against poverty

Let me begin this blogpost with what I think is a necessary preamble. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past several years, I’m well aware of the problems posed by profit masquerading as purpose.  Tech company after tech company has claimed that their product is going […]

by × 08 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff applaud in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Farewell President Obama: A legacy in question?

In a few hours the tradition of a peaceful transition of power that has taken place since John Adams was sworn-in as the second President of the United States will continue. President Obama will awake as the American Commander-in-Chief and when he ends his day his only title will be […]

by × 19 January 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

The leader of NEOS - Das Neue Österreich, Matthias Strolz

Established parties won’t survive in this new political landscape

The publication of my classmate Lukas’ blog post about the role of social-democratic parties in the fight against populist parties and movements caused a lot of discussion among the MPP class, and I felt I wanted to write a response. Although I agree that social-democracy could be an answer to […]

by × 12 January 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, John Podesta. Photo by Center for American Progress via Flickr CC

Social-democrats are the response to populists and Trumpists

Recent events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have proven one thing (among many); that “the people” are fed up with traditional partisan politics. The uninspiring administration of the status quo by governments has been penalised, and shallow and easy answers have been elected. Because of their […]

by × 29 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo source: Pexels

To save itself, the EU must look east

The people of the former Eastern Bloc know how a bad union can impact their lives, and consequently they see the immense benefits in their membership of a democratic, free and (relatively) prosperous union. But recent years, possibly decades, have shown that the European Union is in trouble. Not only […]

by × 10 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

2016 Presidential election in Taiwan. Image: Studio Incendo. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

Practicality over politics: Taiwan’s case for inclusion in international organisations

Since the Nationalists fled the mainland controlled by the communists following the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Taiwan has been governed as an independent country; first, as a military junta overseen by Chiang Kai-Shek, but from 1996 onwards as an electoral democracy. In just over two decades, Taiwan has built the […]

by × 04 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

US soldiers in Mosul, Iraq (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kieran Cuddihy. Source: Wikimedia)

What should come after ISIS in Mosul?

The military campaign for the liberation of the Islamic State’s stronghold city of Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh province, has begun today. After twenty-eight months of controlling the second-largest city of Iraq, ISIS’s chapter in Iraq will be brought almost to an end. Yet as the most diversified and […]

by × 17 October 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Colombia peace march in 2008. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Colombia’s peace agreement offers a roadmap towards justice, truth and reparation

This Sunday Colombians will vote to approve the peace agreement between the National Government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC). The day of the signing, probably the country’s most important day in its modern history, followed the announcement of a definitive ceasefire made by President Juan Manuel Santos […]

by × 02 October 2016 ×