On the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, Peter Ungphakorn concludes his 3-part series on the challenge of complexity in public policy by asking whether the media’s interpretation of impartiality creates a bias against understanding
In this second of a 3-part series on the challenge of complexity in public policy, Peter Ungphakorn looks at the phony economics that underpins Trump’s trade war
Public opinion struggles to handle complexity, but is there an alternative way to make good decisions? Peter Ungphakorn looks at three complicated policy issues. To come: Trump’s trade war and Brexit. Part 1—access to medicines
Peter Ungphakorn visits Britain’s biggest annual university dance competition and has his eyes — and mind — opened.
What might unite yodellers, rappers and 5,000 Swiss artists of all kinds? A bitter battle that is simultaneously about cultural identity and diversity. Peter Ungphakorn considers some wider issues raised by a controversial Swiss referendum that could decimate the national broadcaster.
“A lone figure crossed the road beside us. She headed down the arcades on the opposite side and out of sight. My companion nudged me. ‘It’s her. It’s the president.’ No one paid any attention.” Peter Ungphakorn looks at Switzerland’s unique presidency.
Did you know there was a major international trade meeting 10 days ago? Can you name the city where it took place? Peter Ungphakorn asks whether the World Trade Organization’s lower profile is good or bad news.
The past few weeks have seen a flow of apologies from politicians and celebrities, but “sorry” is still difficult to say. Now there’s even an app to help. Peter Ungphakorn looks at some honourable and some regrettable regrets.
National identity is becoming more complex. Some fight for separation and independence, while others head the opposite way by seeking layers of nationality. Where better to start looking, Peter Ungphakorn suggests, than at a World Cup football match?
On 24 September 2017, the Swiss voted on three referendums. It was the 18th time they had voted on referendums in five years. Peter Ungphakorn looks at the country’s direct democracy, a unique and cherished feature of Swiss political life, even though some Swiss find frequent voting to be annoying.
Almost exactly 75 years ago, a shoemaker and a teacher from the canton of Valais went hiking in the Alps. They never returned, and no one knew what had happened — until now. The way we found out is a warning about our future.
The world is watching as the WTO is about to issue a ruling on the legality of Australia’s plain packaging law for tobacco products. Will health be given priority over trade? Peter Ungphakorn offers some background and an explanation of what it might mean.