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Welcome to The Round Table website

The Round Table Journal is published six times a year, bringing articles both current in content and with an eye on historical events to the forefront of thinking on International Affairs.

The journal offers an annual Scholarship Programme in conjunction with our publisher, Routledge, as well as the prestigious Harry Hodson Prize, awarded for the best scholarly article submitted by a student studying at one of the recognised universities within the Commonwealth.


The Round Table

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs is a scholarly journal published six times a year. Founded in 1910, The Round Table is Britain's oldest international affairs journal, providing analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. The journal is the major source for coverage of the policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth and its role in international affairs.

The Round Table, Website Survey

The Round Table wants to make its website more responsive and valuable to its existing users and to all interested in the Commonwealth and its future. Please take time to answer the following questions which will help us make sure that the design and content meet your requirements, and to fill any gaps that you feel are missing.

Colombo Notebook

During the Colombo Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), our chairman, Stuart Mole, will be posting instalments of a 'Colombo notebook', reflecting on the situation in Sri Lanka and the progress of the CHOGM.

Commonwealth Update

The Commonwealth Update is an authoratative nation-by-nation review of events across the Commonwealth. The review has been written by Oren Gruenbaum since 2008 and is published six times a year in each issue of The Round Table.

The Round Table Awards and Scholarships

The Hodson Memorial Prize is an annual award by The Round Table in memory of the journal's late Editor, Harry Hodson. It is awarded for a publishable article, contributed by an undergraduate or graduate of a recognised university in the Commonwealth. The Routledge-Round Table award was created in celebration of Routledge's continuing association with The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, and the journal's connection with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. The Peter Lyon Memorial Prize is a new annual prize by Routledge, the publishers of The Round Table, who are offering an annual prize of £1000 for the best policy-oriented article on a theme of significance for the contemporary Commonwealth published in the journal each calendar year.

Commonwealth Bookshelf and Book Reviews

Each issue of The Round Table includes a 'Commonwealth Bookshelf' - a listing of newly published books on the Commonwealth and its member countries. Many of these are later reviews as each issue also includes a substantial 'Book Reviews' section. The Bookshelf is compiled and the reviews coordinated by The Round Table's Assistant Editor, Terry Barringer.

Centenary Celebrations

The Round Table celebrated its centenary in 2010. To mark 100 years of publication of the journal, the editorial board organized a number of publications, conferences and other activities including the following books: James Mayall, ed., The Contemporary Commonwealth, 1965-2009: An Assessment and Alex May, ed., The Commonwealth and International Affairs: The Round Table Centennial Selection.