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We’ve been looking through the articles and commentary appearing on the Round Table website which most interested our readers during 2019.

This website reflects articles and excerpts which originally appeared in The Round Table: Journal of Commonwealth Affairs and originally-commissioned articles. Part one of this review can be found here.  

Summer 2019 brought an interest in the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda. Although written earlier in the year, an opinion piece by Editorial Board member Richard Bourne topped the most-read articles throughout June, July and August. The article asked “Is Rwanda a suitable host for the 2020 Commonwealth summit, given the various commitments to democracy, freedom of expression and human rights in the Commonwealth Charter 2012? Or did the leaders in London decide that the country’s impressive economic growth and recovery from the 1994 genocide outweigh any lurking anxieties from Commonwealth Charter purists?”

Read the opinion article from the Round Table journal.

October saw the announcement of the two Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentship awards. These are made available to PhD/DPhil students who are pursuing research related to the Commonwealth. They’re for graduate research in Commonwealth studies and are awarded by The Round Table, the Commonwealth Journal of International affairs, with support from its publisher, Routledge/Taylor & Francis. The winner of the 2019-20 award for a PhD student registered at a member university of the ACU outside the UK was Nurulhuda Zakariya. The winner of the 2019-20 award for a PhD student registered at a university in the UK was Sukhgeet Kaur, a student in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.

Find out more about the winners, previous winners and the studentship awards.

Brexit made the most-read list in part one of this review and did the same in the second half of the year. As the United Kingdom moved towards December general elections, an earlier article on the UK and its lack of a written constitution surged into the most-read list.

This 2018 article by Sebastian Payne on The Supreme Court and the Miller Case: More Reasons Why the UK Needs a Written Constitution was the most-read article in November 2019.

Also not far from our reader’s interests was the topic of education. Excerpts from this Round Table journal article by Hilary Perraton also appeared on the most-read list. You can read the website’s excerpts from Commonwealth Student Exchange 1959-2019 – Planned and Unplanned or access the full article

Thanks for your interest in our articles in 2019.

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