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.

Professor Mary Turner

Thursday 31 January 2013
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Professor Mary Turner on 22 January 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Hull in East Yorkshire, she studied history at the University of Manchester. She moved to Jamaica in the early 1950s and developed a life-long fascination for the history of the region. Mary returned to London later in the decade to undertake a PhD. Her long and distinguished career as a teacher and scholar culminated with a Chair in History at Dalhousie University, Canada.

EVENT - Senate House Library Friends: Archives of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association

Monday 21 January 2013
06 February 2013, 18:00 - 20:00 Venue: Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies Senate House Library 4th Floor, Senate House Malet Street London WC1 David Clover (Institute of Commonwealth Studies Librarian and Head of Research Librarians - Senate House Library): 'Preserving and Protecting Press Freedom – Insights from the archive of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association'

School of Advanced Study Open Day

Friday 11 January 2013
The next School of Adanced Study postgraduate open day will take place on Wednesday 6 February 2013.  School open days offer an excellent opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study and research opportunities across the School. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk to teaching, supervisory and student support staff, and current and past students. Please email if you are interested in attending. Option sessions offered include: Funding your study Making an application How postgraduate study can help your career

Book Launch - Gondar's Child: Songs, Honor & Identity Among Ethiopian Jews In Israel

Wednesday 9 January 2013
17 January 2013, 5pm-6.30pm ICwS fellow Dr Shihan de Silva will chair the forthcoming book launch hosted by the Centre of African Studies, SOAS. About the book In Ethiopia, Ethiopian Jews were attributed with dishonourable status because of their perceived dissociation from the land.  Yet they derived their self-ascribed honour from their link with Israel, expressed through their name:  Betä Israel (“House of Israel”). 

History On Film: Slavery & The African Diaspora From A Global Perspective

Wednesday 9 January 2013
Convened in co-operation with ICwS and hosted by SOAS History Department, the inaugural session of this film series will take place on 30 January in the Khalili Lecture Theatre,Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square.  Following a panel disucssion titled, 'Silences & Taboos:Ethical Dilemmas in Making African Slavery Visible on Film' there will be screening of 'Yesterday’s Slaves: Democracy and Ethnicity in Benin' by Eric Komlavi Hahonou & Camilla Strandsbjerg.  For more information click here. 

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy

Thursday 3 January 2013
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is saddened to receive the news that Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy passed away on 17 December 2012 following a long battle with cancer. An internationally respected artist, Chukwuogo-Roy achieved particular prominence with her portrait of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth which was commissioned for the Golden Jubilee Year of 2002. Chukwuogo-Roy was also  a good friend of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and several of her works are on display in the Institute.