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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Faculty, 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 Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

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Can the West compete with the Asian dragon in the African infrastructure space?

In the recent “Dance of the Lions and Dragons” report issued by McKinsey, the story of the infrastructure gap is raised: whilst Africa’s spending on infrastructure has fuelled an infrastructure building boom supported largely by government debt, it still falls short of the $150 billion dollars per annum required. To […]

by × 02 August 2017 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Darjeeling  protests.

India’s Darjeeling: turmoil and human rights violation in the aspired Gorkhaland

Darjeeling is a district in the Indian state of West Bengal which shares the border with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. A globally renowned destination right from the days of British colonisation, its landscape, toy train, tea gardens, and timber resource made it a popular destination for visitors throughout the 20th […]

by × 14 July 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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

A Chinese soul and a global mind For people around the world, 1st June is International Children’s Day. For me, it has another meaning. 1st June, 2017 marks the 108th Anniversary of my undergraduate alma mater, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), a university whose predecessor was founded and […]

by × 06 June 2017 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Opposition protest in Venezuela, 6 April 2017.
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Understanding the Venezuelan collapse

How does a country go from the being the richest of its region to absolute collapse? Why have people been protesting daily for over two months? Moreover, why do people continue to demonstrate when over 60 people have been killed by State security forces? How bad can the situation get? […]

by × 02 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 ×