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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Wikimedia

Why don’t we trust our leaders?

In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to install leaders of their choosing. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party MPs have been stymied in their efforts to unseat […]

by × 04 August 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

People gathered in Helsinki Central Railway Station to protest against Government actions in 2015. Image by Arto Alanenpää. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Confronting the global threat to democracy

Across the world, populists are attracting votes with their promises to protect ordinary people from the harsh realities of globalization. The democratic establishment, they assert, cannot be trusted to fulfill this purpose, as it is too busy protecting the wealthy – a habit that globalization has only intensified. For decades, […]

by × 06 June 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Unsustainable development goals?

Unsustainable development goals?

From 2000 to 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused minds and budgets on global poverty, significantly boosting people’s prospects in some of the world’s poorest countries. The new set of global targets, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aim to build on that progress, not only in eradicating poverty, but […]

by × 14 April 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Photo of Christine Lagarde by Adam Tinworth via Flickr

The global economy’s stealth resilience

Last week, Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, warned that if countries do not act together, the global economy could be derailed. Likewise, the OECD has warned that countries must move “urgently” and “collectively” to boost global growth prospects. Yet the G-20 finance ministers and central-bank governors to whom these entreaties were directed […]

by × 03 March 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

The World Bank Main Complex Atrium. Image credit: Jaakko H

How to save the World Bank

The World Bank is quietly sliding into insignificance, as its core fee-paying clients increasingly seek other lenders. If it is to survive, its management will need to streamline its loan approval processes and leverage the unique assets that distinguish it from its competitors. The Bank once comfortably earned enough to […]

by × 12 January 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

The IMF’s euro crisis

The IMF’s euro crisis

Over the last few decades, the International Monetary Fund has learned six important lessons about how to manage government debt crises. In its response to the crisis in Greece, however, each of these lessons has been ignored. The Fund’s participation in the effort to rescue the eurozone may have raised […]

by × 27 July 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

United Nations, Geneva. Image credit: Henry Mühlpfordt

How to select the next UN Secretary-General

When the United Nations elects a new secretary-general next year, the world will face a crucial choice. With crises erupting in every region of the world, the need for strong, decisive leadership is self-evident. And yet the selection process for filling important international posts has often been characterised more by […]

by × 04 May 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Ukraine Versus the Vultures

Ukraine Versus the Vultures

Amid all of its other troubles, Ukraine cannot pay its creditors. The country needs more money, serious reform, and a rescheduling of its debt. Yet even the best efforts by the International Monetary Fund, the United States, and the European Union to achieve this will be hobbled by investment agreements that they themselves have pressed on Ukraine and many other emerging economies. Indeed, Ukraine could be left facing a string of complex and costly legal cases.

by × 21 March 2014 ×