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BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Celebrations in the squares of Bogota

The end of Colombia’s armed conflict is close: What policy challenges lie ahead?

Colombians witnessed a historical moment yesterday when the national government and the FARC guerilla signed an agreement to finalize a fifty-year old armed conflict. Thousands of people celebrated in city squares and the social networks were swept by a tsunami of messages about the peace accord. However, not everyone supports […]

by × 25 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

MPP student Cameron Bell in Iraq

Summer project fieldwork: Between Iraq and a hard place

It was already feeling like a long day when I sat down with Ahmed for a cup of Iraqi sweet tea. He had come from the nearby Kurdish department of foreign relations, but I had come north from Sulaymaniyah, about a 3-hour drive away, in mid-day temperatures hovering around 46C. […]

by × 23 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Computer and e-waste recycling in Africa. Source: Free Computer Recycling.

The advent of South-South cooperation in dealing with global e-waste challenge?

South-South cooperation has become an integral part in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. Now we may find structural transformation from natural resource export based economies towards “Made-in-Africa” industrial economy on Africa’s new development agenda. Circular economy offers a set of pathways for African countries to fulfill their intended nationally determined […]

by × 17 August 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

The Blavatnik School of Government building in Oxford. Photo by Hufton+Crow.

Inclusivity through design: accessibility at the Blavatnik School of Government

The new Blavatnik School of Government building has been widely lauded for everything from its environmental credentials to its innovative design. However, the building also breaks ground in a way that is too-often forgotten: it is one of the most physical disability-friendly structures in Oxford. The revolutionary inclusiveness of the […]

by × 19 July 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Zimbabwean flag. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

This world is best served with care

Evan Mawarire is a young Zimbabwean father who could not bear the thought of failing to answer when, in twenty years, his daughters would ask him what he did when his country was at its worst. Yesterday, he was arrested for inciting violence and disturbing the peace after weeks of mobilizing […]

by × 13 July 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

March to protest against the result of referendum on British membership of the European Union.  Photo by: Sam Greenhalgh. Source: Flickr.

Brexit’s echo chambers

The lead up to the Brexit referendum was marked by widespread confidence that the UK would continue to remain in the EU. Complacency was epidemic, from strong market optimism (which would later suffer a heavy landing) to the unwillingness of businesses and politicians to consider the consequences of a change […]

by × 12 July 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, in conversation with Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by Fisher Studios.

Towards responsible ratification of human rights treaties: Insights from Kofi Annan

Pacta sunt servanda. This is the fundamental principle governing states’ consent to be bound by international treaties. It communicates that treaties must be performed in good faith. In practice however, states often fail to perform their treaty obligations and in so doing, challenge some theories of compliance. On the matter […]

by × 14 June 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

A must for mid-career: Master of Public Policy

A must for mid-career: Master of Public Policy

We have different motivations, ambitions, dreams and capabilities but each of us has the same question in our head: “Who am I?”, “What do I want?”, “Why am I here?”. If you had an answer for those questions and if that answer is “I want a better world for everyone”, […]

by × 13 June 2016 ×