New: Virtual events
Editor’s note: During the COVID-19 lockdown period, this area will reflect virtual events which might be of interest to our readers.
27 July – 30 December: Blue Charter Webinar Series
Events organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
July – December: Live event series – Conversations of our time
British Council digital events that engage with thought leaders from around the globe. Details available online.
4 November: Monuments, Memory and Liberation
This ICwS workshop seeks to put the debates currently going on in the UK in a broader perspective.
11 November: Agenda 2030: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – How might the Commonwealth deliver success?
Speaker: Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. A virtual event – registration is open.
12 November: Legacies of Colonialism in the Modern World series
Institute of Commonwealth Studies online event – https://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events/event/22761.
18 November – Media Freedom in the Commonwealth
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) will be holding another day-long virtual conference, hosting five regionally-based panels drawing on first-hand accounts from journalists based in a series of Commonwealth countries. Click here for more details.
Transcripts and audio/visual links to previous Round Table events and events of interest
10 September – The Commonwealth: Towards Kigali 2021
What will be on the trade and investment agenda for the UK, and the Commonwealth more broadly, during this period? What are the business opportunities? How has Covid affected the Commonwealth and Africa? Discussion includes Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth. A report on this event is now available.
25 November 2019 – Evelyn Wrench Lectures: The Relevance of the Commonwealth in the 21st
HE Ms Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner for Rwanda to the United Kingdom, discusses Rwanda as a modern Commonwealth nation, the challenges of reconciliation after conflict and the opportunities presented by being the host of CHOGM 2020. A report on this is now available.
29 April: [email protected]: The Commonwealth & Resilience in 21st century
Panelists analyse the resilience of the association and consider necessary changes to meet the challenges of the 21st Century for its member states. Article now available.
8-9 January: Round Table conference – The Commonwealth in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities.
Report on this event available at https://www.commonwealthroundtable.co.uk/commonwealth/round-table-conference-the-commonwealth-in-2019-challenges-and-opportunities/
8 October: Peter Lyon Memorial Lecture – Britain, Brexit and the future of the Commonwealth
Speaker: Vince Cable. Missed it? An article on this event is now available. The transcript and podcast are also available.
19 March: Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit. A report is now available on this seminar.
6 March: Round Table-sponsored student debate at London University Senate House. The motion is “This House thinks that Commonwealth commitments for human rights are just for public relations.” (Report now available)
13 February: The Royal Commonwealth Society and Goodenough College host a panel discussion on ‘A Commonwealth Conversation – Rejuvenating the Commonwealth’ at Goodenough College.
26 January: “This House believes the Commonwealth has no place in the modern world”. There is now a report on the Exeter University debate.
17 January: “This House believes that the Commonwealth prevents the UK from moving on from the past and dealing with the future”. Birmingham students debate the future of the Commonwealth. Report from Birmingham now available.
October 2017: Two-day conference on the plans and challenges for the 2018 Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit. Includes reports, outcomes and video interviews.
April 2017: The Peter Lyon Annual Memorial Lecture by HE Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General. Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House. Transcript and report.
Video: The House of Lords debate the Commonwealth – 16 March.
Focus on Commonwealth Day – Q&A, our coverage and a look into the Commonwealth Day archives – 13 March.
Nov 2016: Launch of a special issue: Brexit and the Commonwealth: What next?
Special issue of The Round Table The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
This issue is now available online.
Round Table Conference
6-7 January 2016 – The Commonwealth after Malta.
A report of the conference proceedings.
Round Table Lecture
“The Commonwealth, the European Union, the Challenges”
Delivered by Dr Lawrence Gonzi, the former Prime Minister of Malta on
27 November 2015 at the University of Malta.
Click here to read Dr Gonzi’s lecture.
The 2015 Malta Summit, Valletta.
The Commonwealth’s New Beginnings?
A One-Day Conference previewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting organised by The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the Department for International Relations, University of Malta.
24 November 2015.
Read Michael Frendo’s keynote address
Speech at Senate House
Read Zaid Ibrahim’s The Fate of Freedom and the Onslaught of Islamisation in Malaysia as presented at the event
Date: October 2015
Venue: Senate House, London University, UK