Lord David Howell, Deputy Conservative Leader in the House of Lords and Chair of the 1996 Foreign Affairs Committee report on the Future of the Commonwealth, stresses how everyone seems to be noticing the Commonwealth except in the UK. His article gives some ‘Royal Foreign Policy Advice’. Continue reading…
The Commonwealth’s Relevance
On Thursday 26th November, the Royal Commonwealth Society facilitated a BBC World Debate in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. On the theme, ‘The Commonwealth at 60 – Does it Have a Future?’, the World Debate focused on many of the issues highlighted by participants in the Commonwealth Conversation. Watch it by clicking on the picture or follow this link. Continue reading…
At the end of their meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2009, Commonwealth leaders called for the establishment of an ‘Eminent Person’s Group’ to undertake an examination of options for reform. Read their full statement about this here. But who do you think should be in the Eminent Person’s Group? People who know lots about the Commonwealth, like former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser? Or people who know less about it, like businessman Richard Branson? Share your thoughts with us, and we’ll pass them on…
India is under pressure to deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games in 2010. Some commentators feel it is a waste of money, like Sharda Ugra, the Sports Editor of the respected news weekly ‘India Today’:
“The Commonwealth Games are the most redundant and peculiar of sporting events.”
This conversation starter is provided by James Mayall, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He recently edited a collection of essays entitled The Contemporary Commonwealth: An Assessment 1965-2009, marking the centenary of The Round Table Journal of International Affairs.
I think of the modern Commonwealth as a happy accident. If it did not exist it would neither be necessary nor perhaps possible to invent it. Not all member-states value Commonwealth membership for the same reasons or to the same extent. But neither of these truisms are a problem.
Martin Mulloy is the English-Speaking Union’s Director of Education. The English-Speaking Union is an international charity founded in 1918 to promote international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language.
In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. While great progress has been made on child rights in the past 20 years, much work remains to be done. The Commonwealth has an important part to play in ensuring that children’s rights are upheld and the CRC is implemented to create a Commonwealth fit for children.
This conversation-starter is written by Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of EveryChild. For over 25 years, and in over 15 countries around the world, EveryChild has been fighting to protect children without the care of a family, and those at risk of ending up on their own.
In an article for The Round Table published in October 2001, Gott thinks the Commonwealth should encourage us to see imperial history through the eyes of its former subjects. He claims the current British government comments rashly on developments in other Commonwealth countries because it retains an air of empire.
He thinks the British education system should emphasise multiple imperial narratives, ranging from the dominant British narrative of imperial triumphalism to the narratives of aboriginal rebels.