Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: With Whom Does the Decision Lie?

Friday 26 April 2013
Well in advance of today’s meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the Commonwealth Secretariat was attempting to dampen expectations that the Group would act decisively in response to growing concerns about the internal situation in Sri Lanka, which is due to host the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). On 26 March, Richard Uku, a spokesman for the Commonwealth Secretary General, confirmed that the CHOGM would be held in Sri Lanka, and that the country would not be on the CMAG agenda.

Kenyatta’s ICC trial creates dilemma for the Commonwealth and Kenya’s aid donors and friends

Monday 22 April 2013
Kenya’s new president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has moved quickly to stress that he will govern on behalf of all Kenyans and that he and his government will try to adopt a new approach in which national resources will be used for development and service delivery rather than supporting a bloated government bureaucracy.  His first major move has been to cut the number of cabinet posts from a staggering 44 down to 18.  But as he settles in at State House he has something else on his mind, and something that worries other African governments, the Commonwealth and Kenya’s allies and a

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.