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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 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

NUS President Malia Bouattia. Source: The Oxford Student

Old anti-Semitism is the new anti-Semitism – a never ending story

The Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) is holding these days a referendum whether to disaffiliate with the National Union of Students (NUS). This discussion has been triggered by the criticism of the NUS’s own political objectives and the recent election of a controversial new leader, Malia Bouattia. She described the […]

by × 01 June 2016 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

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Breaking new ground: social impact financing in healthcare

As an Australian junior doctor doing the rounds on an otherwise unremarkable Monday, here is a list of conditions you might encounter on a typical hospital ward: lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease, dementia…and so the list goes on. And don’t forget Mr Smith in Bed 2A – he […]

by × 20 May 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Market in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage, source: Flickr.

Solving the identity jumble

Human beings, as individuals and collectives, take a lot of pride in their identities. It makes them part of a larger whole, a cultural and historical richness evolving over centuries. But, the narrative of identity has also been the dominant discourse in politics. It is a powerful tool to create […]

by × 19 May 2016 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Image from a panel discussion at the Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Why can’t the government be more like TripAdvisor?

To get a new driver’s license in Jakarta, one has to go to a police administrative office, whose front façade is usually adorned with large banners saying “our commitment is to give prime service” or “we’re not perfect but we always try.” But anyone who has been there knows that […]

by × 18 May 2016 ×