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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 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Boston marathon bombers: terrorist motives in doubt?

If they are responsible for last Monday’s bombings, the Tsarnaev brothers are mass murderers. Whether they are terrorists is less clear.

by × 02 May 2013 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Can GM crops help to improve food security in India?

Can GM crops help to improve food security in India?

Food security ranks among the most pressing and inertial problems in India. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India’s malnutrition rate has hovered around 20% over the past decade…

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Margaret Thatcher, Conviction not Consensus

Margaret Thatcher, Conviction not Consensus

How can you sum up a life like Margaret Thatcher’s in a few hundred words? Today’s papers, much like last night’s television, will be full of the standard history of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership: ‘U-turn if you want to’; special forces storming the Iranian Embassy; Brixton burning; the task-force leaving Portsmouth […]

by × 09 April 2013 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Revitalising Banking Culture

Revitalising Banking Culture

Promotion of an ethical culture in banking, ethical-performance transparency for shareholder oversight, and changed hiring policies should be among the actions taken to prevent more failures. In my last blog, I highlighted some of the continuing issues with banking culture, today I suggest policies which would address the problems. Banking […]

by × 02 April 2013 ×