Diversity expert, Dr Felicity Daly, is wary of Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ vision in light of the merger of the world’s leading aid agency into the Foreign Office and hopes this new ‘super department’ does not forget Britain’s legacy and unfinished business.
Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, reports on a conference urging the governments of Commonwealth member states to take concrete action and put the issue of press freedom high on their list of priorities. How serious is the Commonwealth about media freedom? This was the question we attempted to answer at […]
Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, is ‘extremely sceptical’ about the ‘old, tattered, comfort blanket’ of Commonwealth as Empire 2.0.
Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, welcomes a new generation of Commonwealth activists who are using established legal and constitutional tools to tackle its ‘imperial-era homophobic laws’.
The modern Commonwealth is all round us, not least because of migration into Britain since the Second World War. These population flows included returning communities from the dissolving British Empire, socioeconomic migrants, family reunions and marriage, refugees and asylum seekers. Each one had a unique story of transition and migration, which was infinitely personal and […]
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. And over those years it has grown and flourished to develop the link between policy and practice, writes Dr Sue Onslow, the institute’s deputy director.
The royals have been piling into the Commonwealth arena as though it were a grouse shoot. ‘For an organisation that has struggled for decades to escape the long shadow of the British Empire, this sort of love-bombing is a distinctly mixed blessing,’ says Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the […]
Commonwealth expert, Dr Sue Onslow teases out the challenges created by Zimbabwe’s ‘harmonised’ elections and the awkward questions they pose for the organisation.
The director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), Professor Philip Murphy, writes about his new book, The Empire’s New Clothes, the Myth of the Commonwealth, which was published by Hurst in April.
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 […]