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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The “contact budget”: a climate metaphor to make sense of COVID-19 restrictions

The “contact budget”: a climate metaphor to make sense of COVID-19 restrictions

With governments ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions in many parts of the world, the public is trying to understand – and comply with – seemingly contradictory policies. For example, in many places you can meet your friend at the pub but not in your house. When cases rise, should we close bars or […]

by × 29 October 2020 ×

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Using evidence for better policymaking

Using evidence for better policymaking

Picture this. It’s 1932, the height of the Great Depression in the United States. The unemployment rate is over 20% and growing. American citizens are looking to the government for answers. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is running for the US presidency against incumbent President Herbert Hoover. On the campaign trail, FDR […]

by × 27 October 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Health, welfare and well-being

From the UN to the Blavatnik School and beyond: channelling public policy to support women’s rights

From the UN to the Blavatnik School and beyond: channelling public policy to support women’s rights

It was 3 February 2017 – the 19th session of the United Nations Youth Assembly. As I stood at the podium as a youth delegate and surveyed the room of dignitaries, I suddenly felt a great weight of responsibility. Under its own volition my heartbeat increased suddenly and exponentially, but […]

by × 23 October 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

For the past year I have been running a humanitarian mission in Yemen. It is not the first armed conflict I witness, yet the scale of carnage and suffering, destruction to civilian infrastructure, and continuous collapse of peace negotiations have been shocking. Nonetheless, the past few months have left me […]

by × 20 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Politics is faith, not science

Politics is faith, not science

When citizens of the United States go to the polls next month, they will be engaged in an act of faith. They don’t know what will happen in the election or in the weeks, months and years after their election. Like believers lighting a votive candle in a church to […]

by × 16 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Multilateralism will survive the great fracture

Multilateralism will survive the great fracture

Although China and the US are strategic rivals, each depends on global markets, finance and innovation, and needs to co-opt other countries and regions in order to sustain its own power. For this reason, both will use multilateralism, formal and informal, to protect the system within which they have flourished […]

by × 05 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

The arrest of Christ by Giotto (detail). Photo by Steven Zucker.

How should we imagine war?

Most diplomats and policymakers who decide their nation’s security policy or shape UN resolutions in New York and Geneva on conflicts in Syria, Yemen or Mali have never lived through a war, or seen one close-up. Like most of us, they must imagine war. They must see it in their […]

by × 28 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Ib Petersen speaks at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in 2019 (Image credit: UNFPA)

Creating a better future for women and girls: MPP alumnus interviews Ib Petersen

On 24 June 2020, Ib Petersen was appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director, Management of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Mr Petersen brings over 30 years’ experience serving the Danish government in bilateral and multilateral affairs and development. He has served as Director for the […]

by × 24 September 2020 ×