Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth: The South African example

Friday 19 April 2013
A crescendo of criticism and moral outrage is building on the choice of Sri Lanka as the next venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, scheduled for Columbo in November 2013. From the vantage point of Johannesburg, where I have spent the past week doing interviews for the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ major oral history of the Commonwealth project, there is a degree of perplexity about this. . . Read the latest blog from the Commonwealth Oral History Project in full  here . 

Job Opportunity: Sessional Lecturer for Securing Human Rights Modules

Thursday 18 April 2013
Applications are invited for a part-time Sessional Lecturer for Securing Human Rights Modules at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, tenable from 1 September 2013 to 21 March 2014. The closing date for applications is 10 June 2013. For further information

Special briefing on Sri Lanka

Thursday 18 April 2013
P. Saravanamuttu , Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives and a leading international authority on Sri Lanka, will be giving a briefing on developments in the run-up to the November 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and related issues. The meeting has been put together at short notice. We hope you will be able to join us. Date: Thursday, April 18 Time: 4.30pm Venue: Room 220, Senate House, University of London,  Malet Street London WC1E 7HU RSVP: M: 07834-845-240

Final Call For Papers: Decolonization Workshop, 7 June

Wednesday 17 April 2013
We will be running the next  Decolonization Workshop here at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in Senate House, London, on Friday 7 June. The day will run from 10.30am to 7.30pm. As on previous occasions, we aim to have three panel discussions over the course of the day, followed by a book launch. Each panel will consist of three papers lasting for 15-20 minutes.

Press Release: The Legacy of Empire Conference

Wednesday 3 April 2013
Personal witnesses from the last days of Empire will give their views on this period at a conference, ‘The Legacy of Empire,’ which takes place on Monday, 20 May at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies .  The Conference, organised jointly by the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association (OSPA) and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, will hear from high-profile speakers who can recall the closing years of British colonial rule and can judge what its effects and consequences were for the people in those countries. 

Call for applications: Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair 2013-14

Monday 4 March 2013
The Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair is open to distinguished academics who specialise in Commonwealth Studies. Applicants  currently in post at a University, or an equivalent institution, in a Commonwealth nation, who wish to spend between three and six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year visiting the Institute. 

The Daily Telegraph's Peter Oborne joins launch panel for former Commonwealth Secretary-General Don Mckinnon’s memoirs.

Friday 15 February 2013
“Impossibly devious plots and characters - ambitious presidents and prime ministers from all corners of the world, some determined to hold onto power at any cost; a British government often with a misplaced sense of its own role in one of the world's oldest organisations; and an organisation of 300 people, externally working to help the world while inwardly struggling along racial and geo-political lines.”

ICwS 'Opinion' publication highlighted by UK government in response to Foreign Affairs Committee report on 'The future of the Commonwealth'

Wednesday 6 February 2013
In the December 2012 issue of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) 'Opinion' publication series Sir Ronald Sanders argued that ' A Commonwealth Free Trade Area is neither likely nor desirable'. This timely edition called into question repeated calls for the UK government to explore closer trading links to Commonwealth member nations.