Governance, cooperation and law

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 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, 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 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Food supplied by UK aid for people affected by Hurricane Irma is distributed in East End, Tortola, BVI. Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID

We need a new way to think about aid

The West’s idea of international aid and development as the rich world rightly meeting its ethical obligation to help poor countries to modernise and join the club of developed countries is looking increasingly out of touch with the times. For a start, most aid today is going to people in […]

by × 02 September 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

Getting things done: what we can learn about policy implementation from the COVID-19 crisis

In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. A famous example discussed in the past few months has been that of the United States being considered de jure the most prepared country in the world in terms of detecting and responding rapidly to and mitigating […]

by × 01 September 2020 ×

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

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

War, economic crisis, poverty, political incompetence and endemic corruption have left the Lebanese people feeling hopeless and defeated for many years. The unprecedented explosion that took place on 4 August counting at least 220 deaths, including children, and 7,000 people injured was the final straw. As citizens take to the […]

by × 27 August 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

South Africa’s COVID-19 response: what went wrong? – the Blavatnik School student podcast

South Africa’s COVID-19 response: what went wrong? – the Blavatnik School student podcast

South Africa is at a crossroads. It is a phrase that has so often been used to describe the myriad of challenges the country has faced over the years: the struggles against apartheid, the dawn of democracy or the scandal-ridden decade under former president Jacob Zuma. Through much of these […]

by × 25 August 2020 ×