Governance, cooperation and law

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Surprising lunchtime discussions on the political economy of oil

There is something special about the Blavatnik School’s students. During the 2016-17 year, when I took a sabbatical from my regular position at the University of California Los Angeles to spend the year in Oxford, the Blavatnik MPP class included 124 students from 70 countries. Without exception, every student I […]

by × 17 August 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Programme. Source: Wikimedia Commons

To save the Iranian nuclear deal, more than arms control is needed

In 2015, Iran and P5+1 negotiating parties (UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia, US plus Germany), the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded a landmark arms control deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to hinder the development of the Iranian nuclear […]

by × 07 August 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

For the first time ever, the Iraqi Kurds have seriously raised the flag of independence and recently made several critical steps forwards for this purpose. The process has been rolled out with no chances of return. The date for the independence referendum has been set: September 25, 2017. Although going […]

by × 13 June 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The city of Chengdu Tianfu in China.

China can lead on climate through its cities, companies, and investment

With the Trump administration thinking about taking the US out of the Paris Agreement and already rolling back domestic climate policies, all eyes have turned to China and whether the world’s largest emitter can occupy the leadership void left by the US. President Xi Jinping has called the 2015 Paris […]

by × 15 May 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Leadership is everyone’s act of citizenship

On 24 June 2016, I devised a game I have been playing ever since. Virtually every time I meet a group of people to talk things like change and leadership, the future of work and politics, the future of Europe or democracy, I ask: “If you are under 35, please […]

by × 28 April 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Anti-corruption protests in Romania: The opportunity of a generation

The recent mass protests in Romania were the largest since the fall of the communist regime in December ‘89. These started when the newly elected Romanian government hastily (bordering on ‘furtively’) adopted an ordinance bill in an attempt to decriminalise misuse of office. As a response, citizens have taken over […]

by × 27 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Corruption in Latin America: destruction or opportunity?

In these “orange times of terror”, Latin America has some more important issues to focus on, rather than spend all its energy and efforts dealing with Trump and his distinctive foreign policy in the region. Only a few months after the ‘Panama Papers’ controversy, a new corruption scandal has emerged. […]

by × 21 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

The insecurity of globalisation is perhaps becoming overwhelming. There seems to be a strangely pervasive atmosphere of marginalisation and threatened dignity these last weeks, cutting across ideological divides. Yesterday’s contribution to this blog articulated some principles of what we might need to do in response. My intention below, without necessarily […]

by × 03 February 2017 ×