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ICWS academics discuss the future of the UK-Commonwealth relationship after Brexit

Friday 26 August 2016
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 .

ICWS Senior Research Fellow’s new publication sheds light on a tightly-guarded secret of the Second World War

Friday 12 August 2016
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.

Professor Keith Somerville given Marjan-Marsh Award

Thursday 14 July 2016
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. 

Susan Williams on the former Belgian Congo's part in the nuclear arms race

Wednesday 29 June 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies Senior Research Fellow, Susan Williams, discusses her new book,  Spies in the Congo: the Race for the Ore that Built the Atomic Bomb  ( Hurst Publishers, June 2016 ) on the BBC World Service's Newsday programme (28 June 2016).  "Spies in the Congo is the untold story of one of the most tightly-guarded secrets of the Second World War: America’s desperate struggle to secure enough uranium to build its atomic bomb.

New book: 'Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa's Most Repressive State' - Martin Plaut

Friday 17 June 2016
ICwS Senior Research Fellow Martin Plaut's book,  Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa's Most Repressive State , is now available from Hurst Publishers. "Eritrea is characterised by regime paranoia, intense domestic repression and isolationism. Martin Plaut’s book offers a glimpse into a relatively young nation marred by a stifling dictatorship.

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