BSG Students

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Incoming student Fatou Wurie and her colleagues

From Sierra Leone to Oxford: Prepping for the move

Having lived in more than 12 countries before I was 18, people might expect me to have the ‘moving’ experience down pat. But the truth is, it is always difficult, because any move comes with a shift in routine. Change can be as exhilarating as it is frightening and sometimes, it […]

by × 14 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA; Young Global Leader; Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System at the World Economic Forum on India 2012. Source: Wikipedia.

Academia and politics: From lecture halls to policy war rooms

Recently, Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has been appointed as financial advisor by the office of Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, the southernmost state of India. The row that followed has once again opened the debate on the role of academia in the business of government and policy […]

by × 08 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Bulgaria will be taking on the presidency of the European Council in 2018

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

As the Bratislava summit of the other 27 EU member states nears, shuttle diplomacy has intensified. After Theresa May’s tour of European capitals in late July, Angela Merkel met with fellow leaders last week. Both have had to acknowledge the concerns of Central and Eastern European countries – Slovakia for […]

by × 07 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Pakistani flag. Source: Pixabay.

Why Pakistani liberals are unable to resolve their Balochistan dilemma

To remain Pakistani, they cannot endorse Baloch independence. To remain liberal, they cannot honestly believe in Pakistaniyat. Pakistani liberals fight many fights that ultimately benefit the people and polity of the country. They fight for greater democracy, for women, for minorities, for the environment, for secularism. These fights are difficult, […]

by × 26 August 2016 ×

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 ×