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Issue 5, Volume 110, Year 2021November 2021

The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs is published six times a year.
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Special Issues

Contributions on these themes, to the Editor are particularly welcome.
Issue 1, Volume 110, Year 2021Covid-19 and Commonwealth countries

How Commonwealth countries dealt with Covid-19.

Issue 2, Volume 108, Year 2020Nigeria’s 2019 general elections – a shattered hope?

Exploring key lessons from the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.

Issue 2, Volume 108, Year 2020Constitutional reform in Sri Lanka

Constitutional reform in Sri Lanka

From the Archive

Issue 347, Volume 87, Year 1998‘Some thoughts on the Queen and Commonwealth’ by Ben Pimlott

In 2022 the Commonwealth celebrates 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s headship of the association. In this article from 1998 historian and royal biographer Ben Pimlott examines the Queen’s role in defining the headship, and in exercising an informal influence in its favour. He notes that her ‘political mistakes’ have almost entirely been in the domestic political arena, while her ‘constitutional-cum-political achievements’ have all been in the Commonwealth context.

Issue 2, Volume 106, Year 2017'Diplomatic Rivalries and Cultural One-upmanship: New Zealand’s Long Quest to Become More Pacific than Australia’ by Michael Goldsmith

The AUKUS pact (involving Australia but excluding New Zealand) has highlighted the differences between Australian and New Zealand approaches to the security concerns of the Pacific region. In this article, anthropologist Michael Goldsmith looks at the cultural underpinnings of New Zealand’s different approach to the Pacific, and subjects them to critical scrutiny.

Issue 414, Volume 100, Year 2011‘The Commonwealth: a global network for the 21st Century’ by Lord Howell

Successive British governments have blown hot and cold over the Commonwealth, but some politicians have consistently recognised and argued for its potential. One of these, David Howell (Lord Howell), argues, in this article from ten years ago, that the Commonwealth is an association made for the twenty-first-century world of networks and soft power. Whether the current UK government shares his vision is, alas, doubtful.

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