Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth: The South African example

By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS

A crescendo of criticism and moral outrage is building on the choice of Sri Lanka as the next venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, scheduled for Columbo in November 2013. From the vantage point of Johannesburg, where I have spent the past week doing interviews for the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ major oral history of the Commonwealth project, there is a degree of perplexity about this.

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Thatcher, the Commonwealth and apartheid South Africa

By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS

Margaret Thatcher was not just a highly controversial figure on the British Left, and in the history of Britain’s relations with Europe. As Prime Minister, she proved equally controversial within the Commonwealth for her staunch opposition to the imposition of economic sanctions against apartheid South Africa.

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