Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Milking time on an Oakura dairy farm. Image source: dandownunder Flickr

Unlikely Friendship Could See NZ Lead Way on Climate Issues

Most climate change activists and farmers see each other as enemies, rather than friends. Some climate activists remember the tractor driven by farmers up the steps of Parliament in the early 2000s to protest the “fart tax”, and notice the big agricultural hole in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). […]

by × 01 July 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Map of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.

Pakistan – an opportunity to take a broader approach?

MPP student Rafiullah Kakar reflects upon the recent military offensive of the Pakistani government against the Taliban in the North-West of the country, which has forced almost half a million people to flee their homes. For Rafiullah, the military operation should just be the beginning of a broader approach.

by × 30 June 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Image source: henrytapia Flickr

Breaking down the climate change debate

‘Momentum’. It is a buzzword in politics. But, restoring it to its origins, I can recall, from the haziness of my high school physics education, a scientific law: that when opposing, inelastic, objects, each carried by its own momentum, collide, new forms of energy arise: heat and sound. This – […]

by × 27 June 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Oil Refinery at dawn (source: Glenn Euloth, Flickr)

SPARC bonds: a ‘sparkling’ new tool against fossil fuel subsidies

From boosting financial gains to reducing CO2 emissions, there are clear benefits from removing inefficient fossil fuel consumption subsidies. BSG Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Thomas Hale and Peter Ogden, Senior Fellow and Director of International Energy and Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress, explore a new policy tool that […]

by × 26 June 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Indian Elections: Should I aspire to become a Modi, RaGa or Kejriwal?

Indian Elections: Should I aspire to become a Modi, RaGa or Kejriwal?

I often ask myself – whom should I consider a role model if I get into electoral politics someday? This is indeed an increasingly relevant question in an Indian context as we are witnessing a personality centric US presidential style campaign in 2014 national election. For the sake of this article, I want to restrict my choices to three personalities whom I have been following very closely in the last eight months.

by × 13 May 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Russian tanks in South Ossetia (source: Yana Amelina, Wikimedia)

Is Russia just cooking up trouble – again?

As the Ukraine crisis continues and Russia maintains its hard line in the territorial dispute ignited over Crimea, it is worth reviewing a paper written over five years ago by one of the Blavatnik School’s academics. BSG Professor Monica Duffy Toft has spent her academic career researching issues of international […]

by × 03 April 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Climate progress from the bottom up

Climate progress from the bottom up

At a time when countries around the world are searching for ways to lift their climate change ambition, new research highlights the important role being played by non-governmental agencies in New Zealand. One example is New Zealand Post which, between 2008 and 2012, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 16.1 […]

by × 25 March 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Will Decentralization in Yemen Marginalize Citizens?

Will Decentralization in Yemen Marginalize Citizens?

With the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) in Yemen concluded on 25 January 2014, the constitution-drafting period will focus on incorporating the outcomes of the NDC discussions into the new national charter. A close examination of the outcomes of the NDC may help address any shortcomings in the NDC agreements during […]

by × 20 February 2014 ×