All posts tagged: commonwealth

Britain and the Commonwealth

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.  

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 […]

The empire of sentiment: a lesson in myth emotion and the abiding legacy of arrogant paternalism

Because of his ‘ubiquity in the media and his bombastic, bullying buffoonery’ it is easy to take pot shots at Boris Johnson, says Professor Keith Somerville. However, he will not let this ease of task put him off his aim to use the foreign secretary’s highly offensive remarks about Africa to illustrate how the myths […]

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 […]