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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Against the odds of history

Against the odds of history

The recent elections portend a democratic deepening in Pakistan. This is a moment to build on. The surprising landslide of Nawaz Sharif marks a historic moment in Pakistan’s political history. Many are optimistic that Pakistan has taken a momentous step towards strengthening its democracy. But for this opening to endure, […]

by × 02 July 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Three-parent IVF a step closer in the UK

Three-parent IVF a step closer in the UK

Various media, both in the UK and across the globe, are reporting that the UK government is backing the further development and use of technology to allow for embryos to be created that have 3 parents. This advance is designed to help couples where the mother carries an abnormality in […]

by × 28 June 2013 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

The Anaemic State

The Anaemic State

As Britain’s Coalition government struggles to suppress state spending, key institutions of state bear the brunt of cuts. At home, the NHS budget is ‘ring-fenced’, but budget challenges remain, whereas the Police cling firm to their priorities despite facing deeper cuts. Pivotal in promoting British interests abroad, two institutions, the […]

by × 24 June 2013 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time

Last Friday, a milestone was reached in the Blavatnik School’s development, as its first MPP cohort reached the end of the teaching-year with a final Policy module. As the students – myself among them – disperse to the four corners of the globe to undertake our Summer placements in government, […]

by × 17 June 2013 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

David Petraeus: Lessons in Leadership

David Petraeus: Lessons in Leadership

“Reflecting on what some term the ‘counter-insurgency era’… I want to argue that this era is far from over, for the simple reason that the era of insurgency is not over.” – Gen. D. Petraeus. On Tuesday 11th June, students of the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) welcomed General David Petraeus […]

by × 14 June 2013 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Multiculturalism Isn’t A Monolith

Multiculturalism Isn’t A Monolith

MPP student Zain Jinnah reflects on the differing experiences of immigrants in their host countries… I was born and raised in Calgary, a medium-sized city nestled at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Some call Calgary a redneck city due to it having a “Wild West” type of culture, […]

by × 03 June 2013 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

The Cabinet Table at Downing Street

The Table

The Blavatnik School today took a field trip to No.10 Downing Street – one highlight of which was a chance to sit at the famous Cabinet table. Downing Street is a short row of Georgian town-houses situated a small cul-de-sac off the main thoroughfare of Whitehall in central London.  As […]

by × 31 May 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Gridlock: The Breakdown of Global Governance

Gridlock: The Breakdown of Global Governance

Many of the causes of contemporary gridlock stem in part from the previous successes of the multilateral order. The world has not been able to negotiate a new global trade deal for 19 years. After 21 years of climate talks, we have yet to find a way to meaningfully reduce […]

by × 28 May 2013 ×