All posts filed under: Politics & Law

Commonwealth Heads of Government with a cricketers team in Harare

The Commonwealth and me – a view from West Acton 

Image: Commonwealth Heads of Government with a cricketers team in Harare during CHOGM 1991. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the tenth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, gives a personal view of an organisation with ‘little or no […]

From apartheid to Brexit – decolonisation is a two-way street 

Image: President Nelson Mandela with Michael Manley,  former prime minister of Jamaica and leader of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa in 1994. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the ninth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Dr Rehnuma Sazzad, associate fellow at the […]

Commonwealth of nations – not Britain  

Image: Nelson Mandela with Chief Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the eighth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Dr Susan Williams, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, sets out her hope for ‘one large family – on an equal basis […]

Development and sustainability

Towards a ‘Commonwealth 21st century development paradigm’ 

Image: © Commonwealth Secretariat In the seventh of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Dr Nicholas Watts, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) , examines the organisation’s strong development role on sustainability which improves problem solving and relevance.   Share this article:

Cameroon textiles

Visible engagement – essential for the rule of law and human rights 

Image: © Commonwealth Secretariat In the sixth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Dr Melanie Torrent, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, explores what has been learned from the admission of Cameroon.  Share this article:

Female empowerment in India

Beyond compare: a commonwealth of people and ideas  

Image: Civil society organisations (CSO’s) promoting innovative techniques of female empowerment in India. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the fourth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London Dr James Chiriyankandath and Dr John Cowley, senior research fellows at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), examine the power of the […]

Crisis, what crisis? Commonwealth’s cross-racial character makes for a saner world and ensures its relevance 

As London prepares to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, senior research fellows at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), provide a challenging range of views on how the Commonwealth which emerged out of empire can renew itself as a vibrant force for the future. In the first of a series of responses […]