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BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri meet, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).

The chameleonic paradox of Argentina’s foreign policy

Argentina’s peso has lost around 50% of its value against the dollar this year. In an attempt to explain the situation, BBC World News has recently released a report which compares the country with a fragile eggshell. “Economic fragility is the result of very technical issues —explains BBC journalist Daniel […]

by × 31 October 2018 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Hillary Clinton. Image: Flickr.

“Stronger Together”: how democracies can confront illiberalism

Earlier this month the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights hosted a conference entitled Confronting Illiberalism to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The day prior to the conference, Mansfield College erected a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, the highly political US First Lady who, following her […]

by × 24 October 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Why a Sino-American cold war won’t happen

It is often said that the US and China – superpowers at economic, geopolitical, and ideological loggerheads – are heading toward a new cold war. And the rhetoric – at least from one side – has come to resemble that of Winston Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech, one of the inaugural events of […]

by × 22 October 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Source: Flickr

Believing in yourself: impressions of my first month at Oxford University

Standing inside the Blavatnik School of Government and gazing at the words ‘Oxford University’, which are written on the backdrop of the stage, took me back to depth of my childhood memories. Getting my early education from a small place in District Chakwal of Pakistan, I heard about the stories […]

by × 18 October 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Don Quixote statue in Toledo, Spain

Unmasking Don Quixote: Five tips to avoid pitfalls during the doctorate quest

Doing a doctorate is a long, often solitary, and complex quest. While the process is usually gratifying and interesting, sometimes it is also stressful. The ultimate goal of doctorate students is to become independent researchers, capable of conducting rigorous investigations that contribute to the understanding of pertinent social or natural phenomena. […]

by × 10 October 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

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Britain’s losing trade strategy

Given the escalating trade war between the United States and China, countries around the world are rushing to consolidate their trade relations and preserve existing supply chains. Not so the UK, which is now in the final stages of negotiations to withdraw from the European Union – a move that […]

by × 29 August 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women in Pakistan waiting to vote, 2013. Image: DFID UK

Pakistan’s election: views from Blavatnik School students and alumni

On Wednesday 25 July, Pakistan held its general election which resulted in Imran Khan’s victory after a controversial political campaign. We have asked some of our Pakistani alumni for their thoughts about the election. Wasif Rehman is a current Master of Public Policy student (MPP 2017) and the recipient of […]

by × 03 August 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Participants of the 44th G7 summit in La Malbaie, 8 June 2018. Image credit: 内閣官房内閣広報室 via Wikimedia Commons

Does international cooperation require shared values?

Between escalating trade disputes and the divisions at the G7’s summit this month, the breakdown of global governance has become starkly apparent. The United States can no longer be counted on to uphold, much less enforce, existing rules, and countries more broadly cannot be assumed to agree on, much less […]

by × 27 June 2018 ×