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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 ×

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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Don Quixote statue in Toledo, Spain

Unmasking Don Quixote: Five tips to avoid pitfalls during the doctorate quest

Doing a doctorate is a long, often solitary, and complex quest. While the process is usually gratifying and interesting, sometimes it is also stressful. The ultimate goal of doctorate students is to become independent researchers, capable of conducting rigorous investigations that contribute to the understanding of pertinent social or natural phenomena. […]

by × 10 October 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women in Pakistan waiting to vote, 2013. Image: DFID UK

Pakistan’s election: views from Blavatnik School students and alumni

On Wednesday 25 July, Pakistan held its general election which resulted in Imran Khan’s victory after a controversial political campaign. We have asked some of our Pakistani alumni for their thoughts about the election. Wasif Rehman is a current Master of Public Policy student (MPP 2017) and the recipient of […]

by × 03 August 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

New York's Central Station. Photo by author.

Design, not decay in government buildings

As a fresh faced civil servant on her first posting to Bangalore in 2003, it thrilled me to bits to read the motivational etching on the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru’s postcard monument that houses the State Legislature. It says in native Kannada first: Sarkarada kelasa Devara Kelasa and below it, the […]

by × 27 June 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The White House.

Infrastructure investments must include all Americans

The United States must increase infrastructure investments and improve infrastructure quality and efficiency in order to best serve its citizens. Ranked ninth out of 137 in infrastructure quality on the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, the U.S. may seem to be excelling in the area of infrastructure. […]

by × 12 June 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

The Blavatnik School of Government. Image: Hufton + Crow

A note on a dear mentor

Anna Stewart passed away on 6 October 2017. She was the CEO of UK engineering and construction giant Laing O’Rourke (who have led the construction of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government building), and less notably, served as my mentor at the School. When I first met Ms. Stewart, a quick-witted and proud […]

by × 24 May 2018 ×