Delving into the International Affairs archive brings out stories behind some of the most significant players of the last century.
Centenary Series: Exploring the International Affairs Archive
International Affairs has been a central part of the institute’s history, both as a record of speeches made by dignitaries such as Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Kissinger, and as a forum for policy-relevant academic research.
Mohandas K. Gandhi on the future of India
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948), of course, needs little introduction. He was a lawyer who successfully led the movement for Indian independence from the British Empire. Trained as a barrister in London, Gandhi spent his early career in South Africa where he was involved with the fight to obtain civil rights for the Indian diaspora community.
He then returned to India and became a key actor in the Indian National Congress party, through which he pursued a non-violent campaign calling for the end of British rule. He was assassinated soon after India became independent in 1947, but continues to inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
In October 1931, Gandhi gave a speech at Chatham House, which was then transcribed in the journal. The meeting was chaired by the Marquess of Lothian (Philip Kerr), who became Under-Secretary of State for India the month after this speech. So it is interesting that he introduced Gandhi by noting that:
Chatham House Centenary
As part of the Chatham House Centenary in 2020, each month International Affairs presents its top ten articles from a given decade - all of them available to read for free.
At the end of the year, the series finishes with an examination of the archive’s core lessons and clear omissions, in particular reflecting on how the journal and the discipline more broadly have evolved in terms of representation in the last century.