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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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Traditional punts in Oxford. Photo: Toa Heftiba. Source: Unsplash

Dare to try, even when you might fail – some thoughts on study and jobs

March was quite an intense month for me. Several deadlines – almost nerve-wrecking deadlines. It was also the month in which the Blavatnik School admission decisions were released. As the decision week drew close in mid-March, I felt sorry for many of the applicants that would be rejected. Last year, […]

by × 10 April 2018 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Green Templeton College. Source: Oxford Graduate Studies on Medium.

A day in the life of an MPP student: Agnes Nakirya

You can see what The MPP Year looks like in our infographic, but what does a typical day entail for an MPP student? Agnes Nakirya describes her activities from dawn to dusk… My alarm goes off… My alarm goes off at 6:30am but that’s mostly to prepare me to wake up! […]

by × 20 February 2018 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Programme. Source: Wikimedia Commons

To save the Iranian nuclear deal, more than arms control is needed

In 2015, Iran and P5+1 negotiating parties (UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia, US plus Germany), the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded a landmark arms control deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to hinder the development of the Iranian nuclear […]

by × 07 August 2017 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

Darjeeling  protests.

India’s Darjeeling: turmoil and human rights violation in the aspired Gorkhaland

Darjeeling is a district in the Indian state of West Bengal which shares the border with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. A globally renowned destination right from the days of British colonisation, its landscape, toy train, tea gardens, and timber resource made it a popular destination for visitors throughout the 20th […]

by × 14 July 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

For the first time ever, the Iraqi Kurds have seriously raised the flag of independence and recently made several critical steps forwards for this purpose. The process has been rolled out with no chances of return. The date for the independence referendum has been set: September 25, 2017. Although going […]

by × 13 June 2017 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Opposition protest in Venezuela, 6 April 2017.
Image: Jamez42, Wikipedia

Understanding the Venezuelan collapse

How does a country go from the being the richest of its region to absolute collapse? Why have people been protesting daily for over two months? Moreover, why do people continue to demonstrate when over 60 people have been killed by State security forces? How bad can the situation get? […]

by × 02 June 2017 ×