The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to share news of a number of recent publications written by our distinguished Senior Research Fellows. Richard Bourne wrote his book ‘Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century’ while a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute. This work offers a new look at Nigeria, tracing its history from its pre-colonial days to independence and up to the current day, with a particular look at the failure to distribute wealth earned from the country’s rich oil, mineral and agricultural resources.
The inagural Anthony Low lecture, delivered by the Hon Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia, at the Australian National University, is available via the Commonwealth Oral History Project website . You can read the interviews by Dr Sue Onslow with Gareth Evans, undertaken as part of the project, here .
The new Handbook of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights is edited by Dr Damien Short (Director of the Human Rights Consortium) and Dr Corinne Lennox (Associate Director of the Human Rights Consortium and ICWS Senior Lecturer in Human Rights). Numerous other academics from the School of Advanced Study have contributed to this volume, including Professor Paul Havemann (ICWS Senior Research Fellow), Dr Julian Burger (ICWS Lecturer in Human Rights in Latin America), Professor Rachel Sieder (ILAS Associate Fellow) and Dr Maria Sapignoli (former ICWS Fellow).
ICWS Senior Research Fellow Martin Plaut is quoted in a CNBC article ‘ Will closer ties to China rescue South Africa’s government? ’
Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Lecturer in Commonwealth Studies at ICWS, features in BBC Radio 4’s programme What’s the point of…The Commonwealth, alongside Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and former ambassador to South African Abdul Minty. Dr Onslow explained that the 53-member organisation is a unique self-help support society with a very small bureaucracy – the complete antithesis of the EU. What’s the point of…The Commonwealth is available via the BBC iPlayer .
Dr Susan Williams’ (ICWS Senior Research Fellow) new book Spies in the Congo: The Race for the Ore that Built the Atomic Bomb (Hurst, 2016) sheds light on the race for control of the strategically significant Shinkolobwe uranium mine in the then-Belgian Congo, vital to the success of the Manhattan Project and the role of Washington’s elite secret intelligence agents tasked to prevent uranium in the Congo being diverted to Germany, which was also developing an atomic bomb at the time.
The Ronnie Bethlehem papers are a recent addition to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ archives at Senate House Library which have now been fully catalogued .
Professor Keith Somerville, ICWS Senior Research Fellow, has been given the 2016 Marjan-Marsh Award from the Marjan Centre for War and the Non-Human Sphere at King's College London and the Marsh Christian Trust.
Sue Onslow, Senior Lecturer in Commonwealth Studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, is quoted in The Times on the subject of Britain’s proposed reorientation of its international trade from the EU to the Commonwealth, a prospect raised following last month's referendum on EU membership which resulted in victory for the Leave campaign.
A United Kingdom (2016) Amma Asante, director of Belle (2013), will premiere her new film A United Kingdom at the BFI London Film Festival in October. The film is based on Colour Bar: the Triumph of Seretse Khama and his Nation ( Penguin, 2007 ) by ICwS senior research fellow Dr Susan Williams.