Post Tagged with: "democracy"

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image source Flickr: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús

Hong Kong: Above and Beyond in Students’ Idealism

Like the typhoon that lashed Hong Kong last month, the Occupying Central Movement and student-led strike are in full swing.

Metaphorically, “One Country, Two Systems” is a “symbiosis” – like that of a crown fish and an anemone. While the symbiotic union between the two is usually mutualistic, it can turn antagonistic if inherent contradictions are ill-managed.

by × 13 October 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image source: Flickr Pasu Au Yeung

Do you hear the people sing? A fight to define who we are

In the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, there was this scene towards the end where the students realised none of the local Paris citizens have joined them in their protests and they were effectively deserted to fight on their own. For all the songs that were sung, speeches that were given, none of the citizens were stirred enough or believed in the cause enough to “join in their crusade”.
As the protests in Hong Kong continue, there is a worry that we face a similar parallel to Les Miserables if the current protests do not get enough popular support from the local public.

by × 03 October 2014 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

University of Yangon students. Image source: International Monetary Fund

Transforming the veneer of democracy: Developing a higher education strategy in Myanmar

In the November of 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest after being detained for almost 15 of the past 21 years since 1989. The release itself was part of a wider ongoing series of political reforms and economic liberalization that Myanmar was undergoing including the drafting of a foreign investment law and gradual abolishing of strict censorships.

by × 17 July 2014 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

Deepening Democracy, Deepening Divides: Can democracy and the international refugee regime coexist?

Deepening Democracy, Deepening Divides: Can democracy and the international refugee regime coexist?

A report on deepening democracy released by the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security recognised that the enfranchisement of displaced populations, including refugees, ‘is critical for ensuring the integrity of elections and the establishment of democracy’. But this statement belies a deeper interaction, and even conflict, between the international refugee regime and democracy.

What would ‘deepening democracy’ mean for the refugee regime? I suggest that strengthening democratic institutions could deepen divides between refugees and host communities. To ensure that the international refugee regime and democracy can successfully co-exist, we must think not just of deepening democracy, but of also balancing it with the rights of refugees.

by × 27 November 2012 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

How to improve democracy in China? Start with a free press

How to improve democracy in China? Start with a free press

Before joining the first cohort of students at the Blavatnik School of Government, I worked as a journalist for state-owned China Central Television, the biggest media outlet in China. Before that I spent four years working as a reporter and anchor for the Beijing Television Station, the local outlet for China’s capital city, also owned and operated by the government. Based on this, if I’m asked, about a single measure would strengthen democracy in my home country, I would firstly respond that you have to have more than one measure to reach that goal. However, if I can only choose one, I would definitely vote for free speech and an independent media.

by × 08 November 2012 ×