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BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Maitha introducing Palmwood to youth in the UAE

My summer project: Design Government Initiative in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is only 48 years old, and its government institutions are just as young. While young, the UAE is an ambitious country, not just in its skyline (having the tallest building in the world), but also in its innovative approach to government structure – being the […]

by × 22 August 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Trump protester in London in 2018. Photo by Alisdare Hickson. Source: Flickr.

Democracies in danger

By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority community for short-term political popularity. Kashmir will henceforth be ruled more directly from the government in New Delhi, and Hindu nationalists are thrilled. Carefully maintained constitutional […]

by × 21 August 2019 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Guest contributor

Megan Rapinoe with her arms outstretched after a game earlier in the year. Photo by Jamie Smed on Flickr.

We’re in a movement moment but we need public service values more than ever

It’s not even the end of July but we already have the most iconic photographs of the summer, possibly the year. In the first Megan Rapinoe stands with her arms outstretched, dominating not just the pitch on which she has displayed such extraordinary talent but the global media conversation about […]

by × 17 July 2019 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Paola (third from left) with her colleagues

My summer project: working at the Unit for Gender Equality at Mexican Congress

Last December, a new government assumed power in Mexico. It was the first time that a leftist party won the presidential election and a simple majority in the Lower House of Congress. Since its institutionalisation in 2014, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party gave Mexicans a new source of hope […]

by × 12 July 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Cumbria Lake District Mountains Uk Lake Landscape

Can the UK rise to the global leadership challenge on climate?

Although final approval is needed, the UN will likely tap the UK to host next year’s critical climate summit. COP26, as the conference is called, will be the first test of countries’ appetite to raise their climate pledges under the historic Paris Agreement adopted in 2015. With success far from […]

by × 10 July 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

USDA photo by Lance Cheung. Source: Flickr

Can multilateralism survive the Sino-American rivalry?

The strategic rivalry between the United States and China poses a sharp challenge to international organisations, which are now at risk of becoming mere pawns of either power. Whether multilateral institutions can retain a role in facilitating desperately needed international cooperation remains to be seen. The Sino-American conflict is already […]

by × 09 July 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

“While Away” – my photographic project portraying MPP students and their stories

“While Away” – my photographic project portraying MPP students and their stories

Before coming to Oxford I trained as a social anthropologist. I was drawn to that discipline because of my general interest in people and their stories. As a researcher, I developed some photographic skills and tried to use photography not only as a way of illustrating a story, but as […]

by × 26 June 2019 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

When fear begets fear: Singapore’s deeply embedded aversion towards HIV

When fear begets fear: Singapore’s deeply embedded aversion towards HIV

Some twenty years ago, Paddy Chew selflessly withstood a torrent of hate when he publicly came out as the first Singaporean HIV-positive individual. Amidst the cloud of uncertainty around the epidemiology of HIV back in 1998, Paddy implored his fellow Singaporeans to extend their compassion towards people living with HIV […]

by × 06 June 2019 ×