Summer news roundup
06 Sep 2012
In September, we celebrated the launch of our flagship policy initiative, the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, with a special meeting of business leaders, government experts and academics, chaired by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization. With its focus on longer term thinking, the Commission comprises business and thought leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas who aim to identify ways to overcome today's impasse in key economic, climate, trade, security and other negotiations. Their work will continue over the course of the next year and result in the publication of a practical report that will provide suggestions to help rebuild public dialogue and engagement in deliberations about the future.
Our researchers on infectious disease published important findings in two major journals. Oliver Pybus and his team who have been tracking the progress of the West Nile Virus in Africa have developed a way to track the spread of infection using genome sequences. Quentin Sattentau and colleagues have discovered a new compound which boosts the effects of HIV, flu and herpes viruses in mice.
In our featured blogs, Eric Beinhocker, Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, discusses why economic ideas matter. Alexander Leveringhaus, Fellow at Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, looks for the space for individual moral and legal responsibility in the technologically complex battlefields of war.