All posts filed under: Politics & Law

British plots to overthrow the Ethiopian government during the 1984-85 famine  

At the height of the Ethiopian famine – the worst to hit the country in a century – the British government pondered whether it should assist in the overthrow of the military regime that was ruling in Addis Ababa.  Below, Martin Plaut, senior research fellow at the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies, examines […]

Global governance on minority rights: assessing the UN Forum on Minority Issues

L to R: Dr Corinne Lennox, Evelin Verhás (Tom Lantos Institute), Dr Fernand de Varennes (UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues), Dr Anna-Mária Bíró (Tom Lantos Institute). © Lilija Alijeva (SAS MPhil/PhD student) Dr Corinne Lennox, a senior lecturer in human rights and co-director of the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, […]

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in context

On 6 October Professor Lawrence Goldman of the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, gave a keynote lecture on Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of the most important feminists in British history. Entitled ‘Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in context: the origins of the women’s movement in mid-Victorian Britain’, it was […]

How did Zimbabwe get there?

How did Zimbabwe get here? What is going on? What is likely to happen? The short answer is a combination of short-term factors, and long-term trends, economic structural pressures, political policy choices, and personal power agenda. Read this extract from Robert Mugabe, a forthcoming book by Dr Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut of the Institute of […]

Don’t shoot the messenger! Free speech is at the heart of democracy

Chloe Pieters on how increasing attacks on journalists constitute a threat to free speech and human rights On the eve of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, observed annually on 2 November, UN experts warned that the world is witnessing more attacks than ever on journalists, spurred on by hate speech […]