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A sense of belonging: migrants’ use of their language and culture as tools for ‘integration’

Dr Naomi Wells, a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, highlights the role of language and culture in how migrant and Italian residents maintain and build communities and a sense of shared belonging. Share this article:


What can we expect from Mexico’s new government?

John Gledhill, emeritus professor at Manchester University, says that in winning the presidency of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the National Regeneration Movement have managed to produce more of a tsunami than a landslide. ‘But predicting the likely consequences of this unprecedented national election result is a bit more of a challenge.’ Share this […]

Human rights in Suriname

‘Development’ versus human rights: the fight for Suriname’s rainforests

Image (© 2018 Richard Price) Though Suriname’s Saamaka people have already achieved a remarkable victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees their right to their territory and the rainforests within it, the state’s continued push towards extractive development means their fight is far from over, writes Richard Price. Share this article:

The King is dead, long live the King – analysing Zimbabwe’s transition from Mugabe to Mnangagwa

‘The King is dead, long live the King!’, the traditional proclamation to announce the death of a monarch and herald the incoming replacement, could well have been used to announce the political demise of President Robert Mugabe on 21 November 2017, and the swift coronation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, says Professor Keith Somerville.   Share […]

Honey badger

The political economy of the honey badger – just don’t ‘ratel’ its cage

Image: Honey badger and black-backed jackal © Keith Somerville Professor Keith Somerville gets up close and personal with a pugnacious honey badger The honey badger was purposefully searching among the low bushes near Tau Pan in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The pugnacious creature credited with great courage and power for its size (max 10kg) was […]

Personal view of the Commonwealth

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 […]