Is the Commonwealth working?

he twice-postponed Kigali Commonwealth summit is now due to take place, as an in-person event, in the week beginning 20 June 2022. The leaders' debate is likely to be lively. Can the significant decline in resources be reversed and new relevance and impact be restored to the Commonwealth's programmes? With a hotly-contested election for the post of Secretary-General under way, a controversial Chair-in-Office and Prince Charles assuming a greater role in representing the Head, will the Commonwealth have the leadership necessary for future challenges? With recurrent questions about Rwanda's commitment to human rights and controversy about how Commonwealth nations should treat refugees and migrants, is the association doing enough to sustain its values? And can the Commonwealth’s networks sustain it as a relevant soft power organisation for the twenty-first century, given the current turbulence in international relations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

  • Session 1: Networks
  • Session 2: Leadership
  • Session 3: Values
  • Session 4: Programmes
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Event date: 
Friday, 27 May 2022 - 9:30am