Commonwealth Bookshelf 2023

Books on Commonwealth countries and issues

A selection of books from our Bookshelf Editor

Commonwealth Global Challenges

'Global Challenges and the International Response: What role for the Commonwealth?'

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Commonwealth news and analysis

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Eye on the Commonwealth

The end of Aids is within our grasp – but attitudes need to change.

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Climate Change – Challenges, Issues and Commonwealth Responses

Special edition on climate change

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The Round Table journal

Informed scholarship and opinion on international relations with a Commonwealth focus serving the worlds of government, business, finance and academe

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Issue 5, Volume 112, Year 2023November 2023

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Issue 5, Volume 110, Year 2021Climate Change – Challenges, Issues and Commonwealth Responses

Climate change and the Commonwealth

Issue 6, Volume 111, Year 2022Pakistan at 75

Special edition – Pakistan 75 years after independence.

Issue 3, Volume 111, Year 2022India at 75

Special edition – India 75 years after independence.

From the Archive

Issue 276, Volume 69, Year 1979'The bitter aftermath of Iran's national revolution' by John Renner

Iran has again challenged democratic norms, with its brutal suppression of protests against the regime, and its supply of arms to Russia for use in the Ukraine conflict. In this article from October 1979, journalist John Renner (formerly based in Tehran) analysed the reasons why the pro-democracy intellectuals who had formed the core of the anti-Shah movement lost control to the Shi’ite clergy, such that the country ‘has drifted into an Islamic Republic nobody really knows anything about’. ['From the Archives' curated by Alex May and Paul Flather]

Issue 50, Volume 13, Year 1923'The Future of Reparations and Inter-Allied Debts' by Robert Brand

The Treaty of Versailles forced Germany to acknowledge its ‘guilt’ in starting the First World War, and to promise vast reparations to the invaded and Allied countries. In this article from a hundred years ago (in the wake of France’s invasion of the Ruhr to secure German payments), the leading financier Robert Brand (later Lord Brand) reiterated the journal’s view that the reparations clauses were misguided, and contributed to the economic malaise the world found itself in.

Issue 2, Volume 102, Year 2012‘Our Common Future in the Arctic Ocean’ by Paul Arthur Berkman

The melting of the Arctic ice-cap has brought to the fore numerous potential new opportunities for energy, shipping, fishing and tourism, and with it questions not only of sustainable development and environmental protection, but the law of the sea and international frameworks for peaceful regional co-operation. This article from 2012 advocates putting environmental security at the heart of the debate over the Arctic’s future.

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