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Ngaire Woods

The contributor for Republica.

The green shoots of COVID solidarity

Published On: March 6, 2021 07:00 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

Rich-country governments must deliver on their solidarity promises. They need to donate vaccine doses immediately to protect frontline health-care workers in vulnerable countries.

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

Published On: January 3, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

The pandemic has revealed the urgent need to build connective tissue across governments and between national and sub-national institutions in the US and the UK.

Multilateralism will survive the great fracture

Published On: October 2, 2020 10:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

China and the US will use multilateralism, formal and informal, to protect the system within which they have flourished and to solidify the alliances with which they intend to chart their future course.

When Viruses Turn Political

Published On: February 16, 2020 11:40 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

OXFORD – Before the coronavirus exploded into the news, a report by the World Health Organization warned that the world was not prepared for “a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic” that could kill 50-80 million people, cause panic and instability, and seriously affect the global economy and trade. The experience of the last 200-plus years has shown that only governments acting in concert can effectively fight such a pandemic—and even then, only with the trust and compliance of their citizens. This points to three challenges facing political leaders in the fight against the new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Is Huawei More Dangerous than Facebook?

Published On: January 1, 2020 08:34 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

OXFORD – The United States and some of its allies have acted decisively to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from their national markets, yet they continue to ignore the similar threat posed by Facebook and other US digital giants. Democratic governments must now be equally decisive in dealing with this home-grown danger.

Britain’s post-Brexit choices

Published On: November 7, 2019 09:19 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

With the UK set to hold a crucial parliamentary election on December 12, it still is not clear whether, when, and how Brexit will happen

Democracies in danger

Published On: August 15, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

India, the UK, and America are each “model” democracies. In each of these great democracies,  minorities are under attack, as are the conventions that restrain executive power

Can multilateralism survive?

Published On: July 10, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

The Sino-American conflict is already replacing globally agreed rules with the exercise of raw power, as each side wrestles for access to resources and markets

Protesting in the digital age

Published On: May 1, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

OXFORD – Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies.

Brexit’s lost world

Published On: February 25, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

When Britain leaves the EU, it will be forced to negotiate with the Chinese on its own, without the leverage of Germany, which has far stronger bilateral trade ties with China

Referendum risk

Published On: December 17, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

The UK has held only three country-wide referenda in its history. It may be set for highly consequential vote

Losing trade strategy

Published On: September 3, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

If the UK really wants to become an exporting superpower, it should be welcoming immigrants

Shared values aren’t working

Published On: July 4, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

The US and Europe need to do more to seek new ways to achieve cooperation internationally

Stealing populists’ clothes

Published On: April 15, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

Yes, slogans like “I’ll protect your jobs” and “Make America great again” sound simplistic. But where are the sophisticated alternatives?

International cooperation 2.0

Published On: February 26, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

The form of international cooperation that is emerging promises to reflect more diverse views and interests

When welfare sabotages lives

Published On: January 2, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

There is a deeper, unreported problem with the UK’s welfare reform: rather than reduce poverty, it could actually exacerbate it.

Against status quo

Published On: April 25, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

Those defending free trade have lost credibility with the people they hope to persuade

Enlightenment of Trump?

Published On: February 13, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

There is still plenty of time for Trump to adopt a different mindset, as President Ronald Reagan did 25 years ago

Why we don’t trust leaders

Published On: August 6, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

If mainstream leaders want to change voters’ minds, they should look carefully at what leadership really means

Unequal societies

Published On: June 6, 2016 11:24 AM NPT By: Ngaire Woods

Many suspect that the rich are getting richer because they are not held to the same rules as everyone else