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Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Security and conflict

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Finding order in chaos: Six months after the blast, what’s next for Lebanon?

Beirut, 4 August 2020. In the midst of what came to be one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, an image of a young nurse holding three premature infants while clutching a telephone, surrounded by blood, chaos and destruction, went viral. The picture not only spoke of the young […]

by × 11 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

In 2020, the Mongolian government set out its five-year mission to build a ‘digital nation’, harnessing data and technology to facilitate innovation, streamline public services and diversify Mongolia’s mining-reliant economy. In July of that year, I was appointed as the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia […]

by × 08 February 2021 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

On 27 January, the Blavatnik School of Government co-hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on the ‘Implications of digital trade provisions in UK trade agreements’. The workshop, a joint project between Digital Pathways at Oxford and the Global Economic Governance Programme – both research programmes based at the Blavatnik School – and […]

by × 03 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

How do we consolidate and innovate cooperation?

How do we consolidate and innovate cooperation?

A few years after graduating with a MPP from the Blavatnik School of Government, I started to miss those “good old school days”. In 2020, an extraordinary year for almost everyone on earth, I had the pleasure of enjoying the MGG experience, which was more or less like a mini-MPP. […]

by × 27 January 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Staff

London, UK - 9th November, 2011:  Two London policemen standing by the roadside during a demonstration being held in Central London. Their motorcycle colleagues are positioned in the background.

Exploring public leadership in the BLM era: a case study on stop and search

Last year, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement focused global attention on the deep-seated challenges of racism and police violence in Black communities, with activists around the world advocating for racial justice on an unprecedented scale. This is a major challenge of our time – one that demands the attention […]

by × 06 January 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

COVID-19 has offered some tough but useful lessons about governance. Many wealthy countries did not manage the crisis as well as anticipated, whereas many poorer, populous, and vulnerable countries exceeded expectations. The difference raises important questions not just about public health management but also about the state of governance in […]

by × 04 January 2021 ×

Faculty, Science and technology

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The ‘tech’tonic plates begin to shift

Russia is back with a bang this month in the great game of cyber competition. The SolarWinds supply chain compromise, which counts among its confirmed victims some of the most important institutions in the US government and one of America’s best cyber security companies, will go down in history as […]

by × 21 December 2020 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit 2020. Picture by Freddie Mitchell / No 10 Downing Street.

Net zero: from ‘tell us’ to ‘show us’

The Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December saw countries making various kinds of pledge to accelerate emission-cutting: ending use of fossil fuels (Barbados), putting an end to new coal-fired power station building (Pakistan), making deeper reductions over the next decade (Colombia, Rwanda)… and setting a net zero emissions target (Kazakhstan). Welcome, Kazakhstan, to the […]