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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

MPP students at the Blavatnik School. Photo: John Cairns.

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Angela Merkel at World Economic Forum 2011. Source: Wikimedia.

The end of the Merkel era in Germany – what remains?

After the local election of the state of Hesse last October, Angela Merkel announced that she would step down as head of the conservative party (Christian Democratic Union, CDU), but remain Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany until 2021, thereby retiring step by step. With the recent election of […]

by × 11 December 2018 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Leading the global youth movement – MPP student interviews Ahmad Alhendawi

Ahmad Alhendawi, originally from Jordan, served as the first-ever United Nations Secretary General Envoy on Youth. Alhendawi is a strong advocate for youth empowerment, having held the responsibility to represent 1.8 billion young people globally as the UN Youth Envoy from 2013 to 2017. He voiced the issues and concerns […]

by × 04 December 2018 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri meet, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).

The chameleonic paradox of Argentina’s foreign policy

Argentina’s peso has lost around 50% of its value against the dollar this year. In an attempt to explain the situation, BBC World News has recently released a report which compares the country with a fragile eggshell. “Economic fragility is the result of very technical issues —explains BBC journalist Daniel […]

by × 31 October 2018 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Hillary Clinton. Image: Flickr.

“Stronger Together”: how democracies can confront illiberalism

Earlier this month the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights hosted a conference entitled Confronting Illiberalism to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The day prior to the conference, Mansfield College erected a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, the highly political US First Lady who, following her […]

by × 24 October 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Why a Sino-American cold war won’t happen

It is often said that the US and China – superpowers at economic, geopolitical, and ideological loggerheads – are heading toward a new cold war. And the rhetoric – at least from one side – has come to resemble that of Winston Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech, one of the inaugural events of […]

by × 22 October 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Source: Flickr

Believing in yourself: impressions of my first month at Oxford University

Standing inside the Blavatnik School of Government and gazing at the words ‘Oxford University’, which are written on the backdrop of the stage, took me back to depth of my childhood memories. Getting my early education from a small place in District Chakwal of Pakistan, I heard about the stories […]

by × 18 October 2018 ×