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Expanding the Menagerie: Why the FCDO Needs To Be Both Hedgehog and Fox To Reach Its Potential

In Isaiah Berlin’s famous essay, he divided the world into hedgehogs, who have a singular vision uniting all action, and foxes, characterized by the breadth of their intellectual curiosity and locus of attention. The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office needs to be both hedgehog and fox to fulfill its promise, being able to relate all of its work to its central vision of being a force for good in the world, while retaining the fox’s ability to work on multiple problems in multiple ways.

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UK Response to COVID-19: Urgent Need for An Inclusive Transparent Decision Making Process

Following wide criticism of the way the government had been formulating and communicating its COVID-19 response, particularly on its scientific rationale, the UK government has initiated daily public briefings on the evolving crisis. Below we run through the UK government’s communications so far, and outline recommendations for the government to improve its communication ever further, by revamping its whole evidence-informed decision-making approach. 

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Joint Ministers the Latest Step in Johnson’s Global Britain

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent reshuffle saw substantial changes to the Department for International Development’s (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) ministerial teams, the most striking of which was that the two departments will share all of their junior ministers while each retaining cabinet-level secretaries of state.

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