SAS in the media

Professor Murphy’ ‘The Empire’s New Clothes’ gains media attention

Wednesday 18 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) features on Sky News and in The Times (behind a paywall), discussing the Commonwealth and its ties with the royal family. In addition, excerpts from his book, ‘ The Empire’s New Clothes: The Myth of the Commonwealth ’, and his comments on the organisation, have appeared in more than 30 international media outlets.

Why we should still care about the Commonwealth

Tuesday 17 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) , explains in the New Statesman why we should still care about the Commonwealth. He says it ‘may be a relic of the Empire, but smaller countries in particular benefit from remaining members.’ And while Britain might not benefit directly from this week’s summit, ‘the people who have gained most from the gathering have been the Windrush generation.

Tensions between the everyday and exceptional

Friday 13 April 2018
School of Advanced Study
Dr Michael Eades , research fellow and the School’s public engagement manager, explains why he believes in the power of grassroots arts in Arts Professional .  

Professor Churchwell discusses James Comey’s new book

Friday 13 April 2018
School of Advanced Study
Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies (IES), discusses, on BBC World News, the new book from former FBI director, James Comey (see clip from the programme).

SAS author in the running for major history prize

Friday 13 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr Miranda Kaufmann’s (senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) inclusion on the 2018 Wolfson History Prize shortlist is mentioned in the Evening Standard story ‘ The London authors who are in the running for £40,000 history prize ’.

How Grace Mugabe poaching claims benefit Zimbabwe’s new president

Thursday 12 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Keith Somerville , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), explains in The Conversation why investigations into Grace Mugabe’s suspected role in ivory smuggling could become a major political victory for the new Zimbabwean president. Emmerson Mnangagwa.

What’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s greatest challenge?

Thursday 12 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), gives his views on what he thinks is the single most crucial challenge for South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, in the Nordic Africa Institute blog.

ICWS proposals to protect journalists covered by international media

Thursday 12 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
‘Commonwealth principles on the role of the media in good governance’, a set of proposals put forward by a working group of academics at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) and journalists aimed at protecting the media’s right to report, have been highlighted in a range of media outlets.

'The Empire’s New Clothes' makes Guardian 'long read'

Tuesday 10 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
The Empire’s New Clothes: the Myth of the Commonwealth by Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), is the subject of this week’s Guardian ‘long read’ column under the heading: Sorry, Brexiters. Banking on the Commonwealth is a joke , picked up by the Daily Express . In addition, extracts from the book are cited in two of the paper’s opinion pieces entitled Britain sees the Commonwealth as its trading empire. It is sadly deluded , and Does the Queen really deserve the Nobel peace prize? The latter has been picked up by Yahoo!

ICWS ‘media in good governance’ proposals highlighted in Indian media

Tuesday 10 April 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
‘Commonwealth principles on the role of the media in good governance’, proposals put forward by a working group of Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) academics and journalists aimed at protecting the media’s right to report, has been highlighted in the Hindustan Times and DNA India . They will be presented at ‘In defence of free media: what can the Commonwealth do’, a forum linked to CHOGM 2018.

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