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New blog address

New blog address

Please note that the Blavatnik School of Government’s blog has now been moved to www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/voices.

by × 22 October 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Health, welfare and well-being, Students

COVAX Phase II challenges and opportunities: Lessons from simulated negotiations

COVAX Phase II challenges and opportunities: Lessons from simulated negotiations

The United Kingdom has vaccinated nearly 90% of their adult population, while less than 2% of populations in low-income countries have received at least one dose. This dire picture reveals an urgent need for global cooperation. COVAX is an international initiative – jointly led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the […]

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

‘Our Common Agenda’ – governing the future?

‘Our Common Agenda’ – governing the future?

Thomas Hale responds to a report from the new UN Special Envoy for Future Generations aimed at putting temporal problems on the agenda.

by × 10 September 2021 ×

Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

A year after the Beirut blast: Is Lebanon falling into the abyss?

A year after the Beirut blast: Is Lebanon falling into the abyss?

Beirut, 4 August 2020. Amid the rubble caused by one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history, lay a clock with hands frozen at 6:09 PM. The clock not only marked the exact moment of this tragedy, it also became the metaphor for the political paralysis over the years that plunged Lebanon into darkness.

by × 04 August 2021 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Students

Nigeria: the salience of depoliticising election management bodies

Nigeria: the salience of depoliticising election management bodies

Across the world, election management bodies (EMBs) operate as bulwarks of the democratic process. By superintending electoral competition, EMBs uphold democratic values, influence political behaviour and shape the character of democratic institutions. These daunting tasks vest substantial responsibility in electoral institutions to ensure decisions, policies and programmes are guided by […]

by × 30 June 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Is the EU’s Carbon Border Tax a good approach?

Is the EU’s Carbon Border Tax a good approach?

The EU’s Green Deal demonstrated strong climate ambition indeed. Nevertheless, it is far from being free of concerns and controversies, particularly considering its implications beyond domestic EU politics. A controversial element is the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). This mechanism is intended to place a carbon price on imports of […]

by × 24 June 2021 ×

Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

A nudge towards the vaccine

A nudge towards the vaccine

Since the beginning of the year, one topic has dominated the conversation  – the coronavirus vaccines. Who’s getting them? Why are they getting them? And, how can we ‘nudge’ hesitant people to get them? In the past term, the class of Applied Behavioural Science for Public Policy (part of our […]

by × 15 June 2021 ×

Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

A mid summer night’s nightmare: the second wave of COVID-19 in India and why nobody is surprised

A mid summer night’s nightmare: the second wave of COVID-19 in India and why nobody is surprised

I am into the second month of self-imposed isolation at home to escape from the hell outside called the second wave of COVID-19 in India. Grappling with despair, grief and anxiety, I cut cable connection and stopped reading newspapers to avoid seeing the horrendous images of stacked dead bodies in hospital lobbies, corpses floating down the river and collapsed people battling for breath on the streets.

by × 01 June 2021 ×