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ISSUE 1 JANUARY 2017
HIGHLIGHTS
15 years of Sharia in Nigeria
The introduction of 'full' Sharia law in Northern Nigeria in 1999 raised fears of the Islamization of society and sparked a wave of inter-religious violence. But what has happened during 15 years of implementation? A project led by Raufu Mustapha explores.
Amartya Sen lecture
On 18 January, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at ODID hosted Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen for a lecture on Democracy and Social Decisions at the Sheldonian Theatre. Watch a video of the event.
The architecture of displacement
A new ESRC/AHRC-funded project led by Tom Scott-Smith draws on anthropology, architecture and archaeology to explore the lived experience of temporary accommodation for refugees in the Middle East and Europe.
Leading Global Thinkers
RSC Director Alexander Betts and Paul Collier of the Blavatnik School of Government were among 2016 Leading Global Thinkers chosen by Foreign Policy - for their proposal that Jordan should establish SEZs where displaced Syrians would be allowed to work. Find out more.
 
A lesson from Liberia
Senior Research Officer Robtel Neajai Pailey used the first of her regular columns for New African magazine to suggest that in the wake of the 2016 election outcome, the US could learn a lot by looking to Africa. Read the article.
NEW PUBLICATIONS
A new book co-edited by Christopher Adam, Paul Collier of the Blavatnik School of Government and Benno Ndulu, Governor of the Bank of Tanzania, brings together leading international and national scholars to examine the challenges facing Tanzania as it seeks to transform recent economic stability into labour-intensive, inclusive growth over the coming decades, and sets out - in a rigorous but accessible manner - the economic options facing the country's policy-makers.

Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity is published by Oxford University Press.
In a new book, RSC Junior Research Fellow Natascha Zaun explores the dynamics behind 15 years of asylum policies in the European Union, arguing that disparities in bargaining power between Member States in north-western and south-eastern Europe has prevented stronger refugee protection on paper translating into change in practice.

EU Asylum Policies: The Power of Strong Regulating States is published by Palgrave.
In a new policy brief, Young Lives draw on data from their household and school surveys conducted over the last 15 years to describe the educational trajectories of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. The brief follows the SDGs by examining access and outcomes, but also considers the quality of school environments as well as exploring education as a key factor in the development of individuals, communities and nations.
ARTICLES
Ruben Andersson Here be dragons: mapping an ethnography of global danger in Current Anthropology

Corneliu Bjola: Getting digital diplomacy right: what quantum theory can teach us about measuring impact in Global Affairs

Simukai Chigudu: Health security and the international politics of Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak, 2008-09 in Global Health Governance

Indrajit Roy: Emancipation as social equality: Subaltern politics in contemporary India in Focaal
FROM THE BLOG
Nikita Sud draws on her research in India to examine how the world's superpowers are once again competing for control of land in the developing world and explores how sub-national units - via sometimes shadowy deals carried out by a new army of middle-men - are facilitating this global 'land grab'.
Ilan Manor and a group of Oxford's digital diplomacy researchers held a workshop for diplomatic staff in Geneva late last year. In this post, he distills 10 #DigitalDiplomacy tips for MFAs, embassies, diplomats and organisations looking to better their practice of digital diplomacy.
To mark World Religion Day on 15 January, Joerg Friedrichs drew on his research on Hindu-Muslim relations in India to challenge preconceptions about religious intolerance. Read the post.
Photo credits: DFID CC BY 2.0 (displacement); US State Department (global thinkers).
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