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The following essay is the winning submission by Haley Rice for the Lord Wilson Essay Prize.
The “missing middle” has been a popular term for a decade now, bemoaning the lack of centrist parties or moderate candidates first in America [1], and later in the UK [2]. With record levels of political partisanship and animosity in America [3], and rumours swirling of a new centrist party to replace the lacklustre Liberal Democrats in the UK [4], perhaps now is the time to ask: in an increasingly polarized world, what is the role of non-partisanship and centrism in policy? What do we risk when these concepts lose ground?

MYRTO VLAZAKI: AN INSIDER PERSPECTIVE ON THE LATEST FROM GREECE - July 14th, 2015 As a result of the January 2015 elections, a coalition government was formed by the left-wing SY.RIZ.A. and the right-wing AN.EL., the agendas of which converged on the systematic negotiation of the lending conditions with Greece’s creditors. Contrary to what appeared to be the policy of most elected parties since 2009, both SY.RIZ.A. and AN.EL. extended their popularity by being adamant in that they would strike the best deal possible instead of accepting the creditors’ proposals

AGUSTIN FERRARI BRAUN: ANOTHER CHANCE - THE REFUGEES' GIFT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION - September 9th, 2015   This article reflects the views of the author, and not necessarily of The Wilberforce Society, which publishes this article in hopes of spurring a productive discussion on the topic.   Two weeks ago, the newspapers showed Germany's worst face to the world. The country, still a synonym for Hitler for many, was represented by the violent neo-nazis attacks against refugees' asylums. Hate, fear and xenophobia seemed to be Germany's answer to the pleads of thousands of asylum-seekers that saw in that country a promised land far removed from the Middle East. And yet, today the nation's image has radically changed. The violence is no longer at the center of the public eye (which does not mean that it has vanished) and what we see today is Munich police's tweet asking citizens to stop bringing goods for the refugees as they had already enough to supply the needs of the people that would arrive that day and the day after.

by BHARGAV SRIGANESH   Introduction to “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI)   The “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) is one of the key geopolitical developments shaping the world today. The “Road”, counterintuitively, refers to a proposed maritime route connecting China’s south coast to East Africa and the Mediterranean. The “Belt” is a series of land corridors linking China with Europe, via Central Asia and the Middle East. Officially announced by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative stretches through 65 countries that collectively produce a third of the global GDP. Close to $900 billion has already been set aside by China’s largest state-owned

NORA KALINKSKIJ: Conference on ISIS with MIGMO, Russia - November 12th, 2015 The Wilberforce Society hosted a conference with the Russian State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) last Thursday to discuss “The Threat of ISIS – a regional analysis”. The discussion focused on possible collaboration between the UK and Russia on the path to defeating ISIS. Britain and Russia share an interest

VINCENT RUSTILL: SHOPPING AND BUYING FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION - Oct 10th 2018 Technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that most people can only be aware of their lack of knowledge. Even among American CEOs, many of whom are leading the companies helping to create the digital revolution, only 35% are “clear how robotics and artificial intelligence can improve customer experience.”[1] However, as price comparison becomes easier, the ability to improve customer experiences in a £360 million a year UK retail market is an

JACK MCGUIRE, MATIJA FRANKLIN, JAKE REYNOLDS, JOHNNY HUGGIL: FUTURE OF BEHAVIOUR CHANGE INTERVENTIONS - July 30th, 2018 People’s behaviours and decisions do not occur in a vacuum[1]. They are influenced by a myriad factors. Choice architecture is an approach that simplifies people’s behaviours and decisions by looking at how changes in a person’s immediate environment affects their behaviours and decisions[2]. A vital aspect of this approach is the fact that choice architects can cause a predictive change in behaviour. This means that, on average, people will be more likely to behave in a certain way, or make a certain decision, in a particular situation. Choice architects can thus promote a desired decision or behaviours with the

TEISI TAMMING, BRADLEY FRANKS: PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS: AN APPROACH TO ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES - Aug 20th 2018  Introduction An increasing amount of research has shown that psychedelic substances could be of major use for more successful forms of psychotherapy. This research has converged at a similar conclusion – psychedelic substances such as Psilocybin, MDMA, LSD and DMT have a medical value in that they can be used to treat mental health issues such as, but not limited to, addiction, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic

MATIJA FRANKLIN, TEISI TAMMING, SOPHIA GRAEFF BUHL-NIELSEN: WELL-BEING: RETHINKING THE AIMS OF A SUCCESSFUL POLICY - Aug  9th, 2018   Whatever the form or constitution of government may be, it ought to have no other object than the general happiness. -Thomas Paine, 1833   GDP: The existing approach to measuring government policy success There is no single policy measure that can comprehensively capture the state of a society at a given point in time. Currently, GDP is mainly being used as a global proxy for national progress. We argue that this is an incomplete proxy, given that GDP is simply a measure for “the total market value of the goods and services produced by a nation’s economy during a given year”[1]. Most notably, Simon Kuznets, the economist responsible for the development of GDP as an indicator of societal progress, contended that such a measure held value only insofar as it could contribute to an understanding of the well-being

MYRTO VLAZAKI: YEAR 2015 REVEALED THAT NOT ALL IMMIGRANTS WERE BORN EQUAL - September 5th, 2015

This article reflects the views of the author, and not necessarily of The Wilberforce Society, which publishes this article in hopes of spurring a productive discussion on the topic.  

Historically, the traditionally affluent states of Europe have never been particularly receptive to immigrants; especially to impoverished, unskilled, illiterate, religiously heterogeneous migrant groups. Despite its clearly demonstrated reluctance to offer opportunities to groups deemed “undeserving”, Europe has undeniably made some efforts to save face by devising long, complicated, bureaucratic migration policies that would ultimately allow a small fraction, the crème of this group to enter the European land of promise. It has been long since Europe as a continent and the European Union as a politico-economic construct last faced a migration crisis as intense and persistent as that of the years 2014-15 and September 2nd was the day that distinctively set this migration wave apart in the chronicle of European ethics and politics. September 2nd was the day the photograph of drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi made the headlines in all major newspapers and other media around the world. September 2nd was also the day that showed - in the most tragic way possible- that not all immigrants were born equal.