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BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

A chance encounter in Yemen: gaining strength from the Blavatnik School community

For the past year I have been running a humanitarian mission in Yemen. It is not the first armed conflict I witness, yet the scale of carnage and suffering, destruction to civilian infrastructure, and continuous collapse of peace negotiations have been shocking. Nonetheless, the past few months have left me […]

by × 20 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Politics is faith, not science

Politics is faith, not science

When citizens of the United States go to the polls next month, they will be engaged in an act of faith. They don’t know what will happen in the election or in the weeks, months and years after their election. Like believers lighting a votive candle in a church to […]

by × 16 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Multilateralism will survive the great fracture

Multilateralism will survive the great fracture

Although China and the US are strategic rivals, each depends on global markets, finance and innovation, and needs to co-opt other countries and regions in order to sustain its own power. For this reason, both will use multilateralism, formal and informal, to protect the system within which they have flourished […]

by × 05 October 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

The arrest of Christ by Giotto (detail). Photo by Steven Zucker.

How should we imagine war?

Most diplomats and policymakers who decide their nation’s security policy or shape UN resolutions in New York and Geneva on conflicts in Syria, Yemen or Mali have never lived through a war, or seen one close-up. Like most of us, they must imagine war. They must see it in their […]

by × 28 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Ib Petersen speaks at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in 2019 (Image credit: UNFPA)

Creating a better future for women and girls: MPP alumnus interviews Ib Petersen

On 24 June 2020, Ib Petersen was appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director, Management of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Mr Petersen brings over 30 years’ experience serving the Danish government in bilateral and multilateral affairs and development. He has served as Director for the […]

by × 24 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni

Mobilising UN Volunteers to address global challenges: MPP alumnus interviews Olivier Adam

Mobilising UN Volunteers to address global challenges: MPP alumnus interviews Olivier Adam

Olivier Adam took office as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 2 January 2017. Growing up during the Cold War, and witnessing the lasting impact of World War II on close family members, Mr Adam holds the UN Charter and the value of peace close to […]

by × 18 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

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Cooperation in Kyrgyzstan in times of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there are essentially two sides to handling the chaos in the health system: trust the government to fulfil his part of the social contract, and rely on solidarity and self-help. In Kyrgyzstan, COVID-19 led to a strong surge of solidarity. Thousands of volunteers got […]

by × 10 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The WTO: Institutional reform and future leadership

The WTO: Institutional reform and future leadership

The changing scene of global trade After graduating from high school, I spent the summer of 2011 at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. I visited international organisations, interacted with international experts and senior officials, learned about trade and advocacy, and developed an understanding of the role of international organisations […]

by × 03 September 2020 ×