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BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Learning lessons from the ‘red flag men’ – how regulators should respond to innovation in financial markets

Throughout history, technological advances have put politicians and regulators in a difficult balancing act between embracing the benefits of the transformational changes brought by new technologies, versus providing reassurance to citizens that change can be managed and stability maintained. Take for example the advent of the self-propelled vehicles (cars), which […]

by × 04 March 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Chinese sci-fi film ‘The Wandering Earth’ reminds us humanity has common destiny

Chinese sci-fi film ‘The Wandering Earth’ reminds us humanity has common destiny

At the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, a purely “made-in-China” domestic science fiction film ‘The Wandering Earth’ rocked the global box office igniting people’s imagination and passion. This hardcore style sci-fi film quickly topped global box office and received praise at home and abroad. It also […]

by × 22 February 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Brexit’s lost world

Brexit’s lost world

Three shifts, in particular, have created a more hostile environment for a plucky country wanting to set out on its own. First, the global rules-based system has been seriously weakened. Second, China no longer looks like such a good partner for the United Kingdom. And, third, tech platforms have left […]

by × 21 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with distinguished guests while delivering his speech during the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex Compound in Cotabato City on January 18, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The changing actor dynamics in the Philippines’ Moro conflict

The passing of Bangsamoro organic law, better known by its previous name Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), last July presents a unique chance for peace in the southern Philippines as the government and two rival separatist groups agreed to work together. While the signing of BBL marked yet another historical breakthrough […]

by × 11 February 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

Accountability in the public sector: what data alone can’t do

Have you heard of that recent data-driven initiative that will revolutionise the way you think about your business systems, your shopping experiences, your home, or even your bodies? Most of you reading this probably have, and you will also know that the public sector is no stranger to this agenda. […]

by × 07 February 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Image: Rodion Kutsaev. Source: Unsplash.

Digital norms: co-governance for a trusted digital world

This is a timely blog. Fadi Chehadé proposes a digital co-governance system to address current and future digital issues buffeting the world. He brings to this proposal his experience at the helm of ICANN, one of the key institutions in the digital governance space, and his subsequent work as a […]

by × 01 February 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Admissions: 2018 checklist for MPP and DPhil applicants

Admissions: 2018 checklist for MPP and DPhil applicants

As we reach the end of the year, we in the admissions team have put together a checklist to help all applicants to complete their application. The list below is valid for both MPP and DPhil, unless specified otherwise. Please remember that the deadline to submit applications for 2019 entry […]

by × 17 December 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

A People's Vote march in London on 23 June 2018. Photo by ilovetheeu via Wikimedia Commons.

The referendum risk

Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing certain defeat, has postponed Parliament’s vote on the deal she concluded with the European Union last month on the United Kingdom’s departure from the bloc, the case for a “people’s vote” – a second Brexit referendum – is gaining ground. But is […]

by × 13 December 2018 ×