Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

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To save itself, the EU must look east

The people of the former Eastern Bloc know how a bad union can impact their lives, and consequently they see the immense benefits in their membership of a democratic, free and (relatively) prosperous union. But recent years, possibly decades, have shown that the European Union is in trouble. Not only […]

by × 10 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

2016 Presidential election in Taiwan. Image: Studio Incendo. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

Practicality over politics: Taiwan’s case for inclusion in international organisations

Since the Nationalists fled the mainland controlled by the communists following the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Taiwan has been governed as an independent country; first, as a military junta overseen by Chiang Kai-Shek, but from 1996 onwards as an electoral democracy. In just over two decades, Taiwan has built the […]

by × 04 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

In the past week we had the pleasure to have the Blavatnik School of Government’s Dean Ngaire Woods as a guest lecturer at Schwarzman College (Tsinghua University) sharing various lessons, from global governance issues to the challenges in current political leadership. Personally, the lectures brought back a lot of memories […]

by × 03 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Brexit march in London, July 2016. Photo by: David B Young. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

It’s perfectly sensible to want a second EU referendum. Here’s why

In 1955, a referendum was held in Sweden on whether the country should continue to drive on the left or if there should be a switch to the right. A government committee investigating this issue had recommended such a change, the main argument being that this was the traffic system […]

by × 12 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 ×