Thursday 9 May 2013
A new commentary entitled, A Brazilian Head for the WTO: An opportunity to make trade work?, has been posted. It points to huge tasks for the new Brazilian Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Carvalho de Azevêdo, assuming that he holds the view that the negotiation objective and the modalities for negotiation require to be changed. In any event, he will need to hear the voices of small and vulnerable countries, and he will also need them to solicit the support of the larger developing countries and the developed nations in this quest. (see "Commentaries")
Carvalho de Azevêdo, New Head of WTO
The Agony of Caribbean Travel Re-visited, has been posted. It argues that it may be the case that, even collectively, CARICOM governments cannot afford an international carrier, and, therefore, they should abandon the idea. In doing so they might more reasonably focus their resources instead on an airline that provides inter-Caribbean service only. (see "Commentaries")
Caribbean Airlines: A Caribbean airline?
A previous commentary is entitled, Will Trinidad and Tobago lead the Caribbean? The virtues and merits of an inter-regional airline have been stated time and again, and more than one expert report exists on how it could best be achieved. Its achievement depends now – as it has done in the past – on political will by the leadership of CARICOM, and, at this time, more particularly the government of Trinidad and Tobago which is in the best position to give leadership.(See Commentaries)
Saturday 13 April 2013
The Commonwealth in Crisis: Is reform possible?
On 15 November 2012, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Round Table co-sponsored a Conference at Senate House, London University on the topic; "The Commonwealth in Crisis: Is reform possible"? Sir Ronald was a key note speaker. A full report of the Conference which also featured Canadian Senator Hugh Segal, Canada's special envoy for Commonwealth reform is reprodcued on this website in the "Lectures and Interviews" section under "Lectures".
Saturday 6 April 2013
On February 21st 2013, Sir Ronald Sanders delivered a public lecture at Senate House, University of London entitled: The Commonwealth and China: Upholding Values, Containing the Dragon?".
The Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Professor Philip Murphy, said of the lecture: "I would easily count it among the very best things I’ve heard during my time here at the Institute. It was thought-provoking, rigorously researched, beautifully structured and masterfully delivered. You did the Institute an honour by offering us such an excellent piece of work".
The lecture will be published in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs on June 1st, 2013. Advance copies may be received electronically by writing to the "Contact" section of this website.
Professor Philip Murphy, Director Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University