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A Conversation with Ngaire Woods, Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government

Articles and Interviews by: Vikas Shah MBE – Thought Economics Professor Ngaire Woods is one of the world’s preeminent experts in global government, and governance. She is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organizations, the challenges of…

Former CIA Analyst Provides Holistic View of Kim Jong Un, North Korea on the Global Stage

HOUSTON, September 18, 2020 — Asia Society Texas Center hosted Brookings Institution senior fellow Dr. Jung Pak along with moderator J.J. Green, national security correspondent at WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on Dr. Pak’s book Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer’s Insights into North Korea’s Enigmatic Young Dictator. Informed by her experience as the former top CIA analyst on…

No peacemakers for the new/old Caucasian war -Understanding the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash

Pavel K. Baev – Brookings A full-blown war erupted in the South Caucasus last Sunday, September 27, and as the two belligerents — Armenia and Azerbaijan — mobilize their forces under martial law, no international authority is trying in earnest to stop the hostilities. The conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region ignited 30 years ago…

Why AI can’t ever reach its full potential without a physical body

Mark Lee, Aberystwyth University Artificial intelligence seems to be making enormous advances. It has become the key technology behind self-driving cars, automatic translation systems, speech and textual analysis, image processing and all kinds of diagnosis and recognition systems. In many cases, AI can surpass the best human performance levels at specific tasks. We are witnessing…

The challenge of decarbonizing heavy transport

Samantha Gross – Brookings Many jurisdictions are focused on achieving very low or net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century, bringing a spotlight to the biggest challenges in decarbonization. The transportation sector is responsible for about one-quarter of global GHG emissions and emissions are growing, even in the developed world where other emissions are generally…

Why international students are choosing the UK – despite coronavirus

Jenna Mittelmeier, University of Manchester; Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester, and Sylvie Lomer, University of Manchester Despite early predictions that the coronavirus pandemic would cause international student numbers to decline, the UK is set for a record increase, with enrolments from non-EU international students up 9% this academic year. Universities had feared that a…

Hong Kong and Scotland

This article by Roddy Gow, Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute, was originally published here, in the Friends of The Scotsman section of The Scotsman. Scots led the way in building successful businesses in Hong Kong. Now we should renew our economic edge by attracting entrepreneurs from Hong Kong to Scotland. Hong Kong’s population is…