Commonwealth Oral History Project to Launch in Malta ahead of CHOGM

Thursday 19 November 2015
Representatives of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies will be in Malta to disseminate the findings of the Institute’s flagship Commonwealth Oral History project to Commonwealth representatives and officials and associated groups attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is taking place between 27 and 29 November .

Institute of Commonwealth Studies Fellow's publication commended as a 'beacon to others'

Thursday 2 July 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies Senior Research Fellow Dr John Cowley's co-edited 'Creole Music Of The French West Indies: A Discography 1900-1959' has been commended as a "labour of love" and "major work" which should "act as a beacon to others" by Soca News' Stephen Spark . Spark noted that Dr Cowley's meticulous research, culminating in the discography's publication in 2015, had begun during the 1980s.

ICWS Director Professor Philip Murphy on 'The curious case of the disappearing Commonwealth'

Wednesday 22 April 2015
Writing in The Conversation, Institute of Commownealth Studies Director Professor Philip Murphy reflects on the Commonwealth's place - and absence - in UK party manifestos ahead of the May election. He notes that the generally lukewarm references to the Commonwealth also hearken back to the rhetoric of the interwar period. Read the piece here.

Director of Institute of Commonwealth Studies comments on Queen's Commitment to the Commonwealth

Tuesday 14 April 2015
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was quoted in an article in  The Times  about the Queen's decision to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta later this year, having missed the 2013 summit in Sri Lanka. In ‘Queen shows that family of nations is close to her heart’, Professor Murphy says he understands hopping on a plane to Malta is completely different to taking a long-haul flight to Sri Lanka but, "this is still grist to the mill of those of us who argued that the Queen was sending a distinct messag

Mandela: Myth and Reality featured on Deutsch Welle

Wednesday 24 December 2014
The Mandela: Myth and Reality conference organised by ICWS has featured on Germany’s Deutsch Welle AfricaLink on Air radio station. Lasting about 22 minutes, the report said delegates were divided on many issues including one that won’t go away – whether or not Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. Listen to the report (at 16.33 on the programme)

ICWS Senior Research Fellow offers new evidence about the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld

Monday 22 December 2014
Dr Susan Williams, ICWS senior research fellow, has been quoted in a Guardian story about a possible new United Nations inquiry into the death of the organisation’s secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, in a plane crash in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). The article, UN poised to open fresh inquiry into 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld crash , said Dr Williams’s 2011 book Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa , offered new evidence and has helped to cast doubt on the official version of events.