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What is the future of the Commonwealth, as an idea and organisation for effective collaboration in today's troubled world?  Should it be still headed by the British monarch, or should it have a revolving headship? In conversation with the Vice Chancellor of the University of London, Professor Wendy Thomson, the eminent economist and Member of the House of Lords, Lord Desai will reflect on the relevance of the Commonwealth in an age of single issue identity politics, and how it can continue to evolve.


  • Professor Wendy Thomson (Vice Chancellor, University of London)
  • Lord Desai (Member, the House of Lords, and Emeritus Professor of Economics, London School of Economics)

This session will be chaired by Dr Sue Onslow, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

This event has been rescheduled from the 17 May 2022.

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees in advance.