Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit

Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit
Date
19 Mar 2018, 14:00 to 19 Mar 2018, 18:00
Type
Seminar
Venue
The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Event blurb: 

The meeting in Edinburgh in 1997 was the last occasion on which Britain hosted the Commonwealth heads’ meeting, and the discussions covered a range of important issues for the future direction of the association which remain relevant and highly topical: the great step forward on trade, business and investment; the denouement of the Nigerian crisis and the willingness to impose sanctions; the return of Fiji and the presence of President Nelson Mandela; the elevation of HM the Queen into the summit itself; the start of a visible Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) presence; and discussion on possible new members.   The intended timetable

Participants include:

Sir Richard Dales, KCVO, CMG – then Director, Africa & Commonwealth, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr Martin Hatfull – then Head, Commonwealth Coordinating Department, FCO

Mr Philip Barton – then Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair

Mr Stuart Mole – then Director and Head of the Office of the Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku

Mr Amitav Banerji – then Deputy Conference Secretary, Commonwealth Secretariat

Dr Moses Anafu – then Deputy Conference Secretary, Commonwealth Secretariat

CHAIR: Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Jointly organised with Dr Michael Kandiah, Director, Witness Seminar Programme, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London.




Contact

Olga Jimenez
olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk
02078628871