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Tony Blair unfit for EU Presidency
by André Nilsen
Recommendation to the European Council
The European Council should not make Tony Blair its first permanent President but instead choose a low-profile, consensual, trusted, multilateralist, centrist, progressive, diplomatic, Europeanist, forward-looking, and public-spirited woman or man among the many excellent other candidates.
Lisbon vs Dublin - How to Win the Referendum
by André Nilsen
Recommendation to the European Council and Ireland
With an unpopular government, a disorganized pro-Lisbon movement, and a strong anti-Lisbon campaign, winning the new Irish referendum requires mobilizing domestic and European support, refocusing and reframing the issue, emphasizing the stakes, and improving public understanding.
The UK imperils Rule of Law
Oxford think tank urges UK House of Lords, UK Courts, and European Courts to strike down 42 Days Detention
(Oxford, 11 June 2008) Recognizing the UK government’s erosion of habeas corpus by the extension of no-charge, no-trial detention limits to 42 days, the UK House of Lords, the UK Courts, the European Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights should immediately strike down the new terror bill, says a think tank based in Oxford.
Press Release (Word)
UN SHIRBRIG and EU Battlegroups
by Joachim Koops
Recommendation to the European Union and the United Nations
The European Union has since the adoption of the European Security Strategy in December 2003 been promoting its new foreign policy philosophy of Effective Multilateralism: a rule-based international order with the United Nations at its core.
The EU has stressed the creation of its Battlegroups advances this goal. However, without a comprehensive coordination and cooperation effort with the UN’s already existing rapid reaction brigade SHIRBRIG, the EU’s development of autonomous Battlegroups may actually undermine the UN’s capacity and authority in crisis management rather than strengthen it.
The UN squaring up to North Korea
by Aurélien Vallier and Magdalena Ji-in Seol
The adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 1718 on 14 October 2006 constitutes a watershed for the global WMD non-proliferation regime. Less than a week after North Korea became the world’s 9th nuclear power by conducting an underground nuclear test, the Security Council imposed sanctions against the world’s possibly greatest nuclear threat and certainly most challenging regime.
UNSC Resolution 1718 (PDF)
The International Monetary Fund: Reform and role in crisis prevention
by Alex Cobham
This Analysis was prepared as an Issues Note for the International Policy Workshop: How can Financial Crises be Prevented? held at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, October 2006. The IMF is facing renewed calls for reform, and its role in the prevention of national and international financial crises is the subject of considerable debate. This Analysis sets out the basis for the main criticisms of the Fund, and explores the necessary changes for it to take a more constructive role in crisis prevention.
by André Nilsen
The Rosneft IPO has focused attention on the state’s involvement in the economy in Russia. Contrary to criticism, Putin is embracing the capitalism model that is best suited to the country and most likely to sustain comparative advantages. He should now embed it in rule of law to make sure it stays.
Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of South Korea Kim Dae-jung joins the Board of Advisors of the OCGG
(Oxford, 7 July 2006) It is a great honour for the Oxford Council on Good Governance to welcome Kim Dae-jung to the Board of Advisors of the OCGG. Kim Dae-jung is a Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of South Korea. He joins other world leaders, distinguished personalities, and eminent scholars in supporting the OCGG. The Council works for a better world by turning cutting edge research at the world's leading universities into actionable advice for high-level policy-makers.
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André Nilsen, Chairman and Managing Director of the OCGG, critically assesses Tony Blair's candidacy for EU President in OCGG Government Recommendation No 7.
André Nilsen, Chairman and Managing Director of the OCGG, proposes ways to win the new Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in OCGG Government Recommendation No 6.
Joachim Koops, OCGG Analyst, calls for coordination between the EU Battlegroups and the UN Multinational Standby High Readiness Brigade (SHIRBRIG) in OCGG Security Recommendation No 6.
Aurélien Vallier, OCGG Governance Area Manager, and Magdalena Ji-in Seol, OCGG Advice Program Manager, comment upon the UN response to the North Korean nuclear test in OCGG Security Briefing No 7.
Alex Cobham, Director of the OCGG Economy Section, explores the possibilities for reform of the IMF and a stronger role in crisis prevention in OCGG Economy Analysis No 9.
André Nilsen, Chairman and Managing Director of the OCGG, comments on Russian economic reform in light of the Rosneft IPO in OCGG Economy Briefing No 2.
On July 7, 2006, Kim Dae-jung, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of South Korea, joined the Board of Advisors of the OCGG.
The OCGG was featured in a recent article in the Oxford Student, a student newspaper at the University of Oxford.