The logic is impeccable: with trade wars looming and the US withdrawal from its role as a net provider of global security threatening to cede ground to China, there is room for the Commonwealth to step into the breech as a stabilising factor. But can 53 countries put aside their individual interests for the greatest common good?
It is an idea whose time may have come, but are all the main players really as keen as those moving the grand idea? The 53-member Commonwealth is, arguably, the oldest multilateral body in the world, having survived decolonisation, coups, the suspension of some members and the rank disinterest of some others.
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