"The Commonwealth has a number of strengths, among them the very fact that its varied membership, commodities and trans-regional nature prevent it from becoming a vehicle for any narrow interest or fleetingly fashionable ideology. Nevertheless, a number of pressing questions arise about its utility, purpose and priorities in a world where imperial linkages appear increasingly anachronistic and a phletora of international organizations compete for the scarce resources and finite energy of international opinion leaders, officials and politicians. This book examines a number of questions."