Call for papers

The Editor of The Round Table would welcome articles, opinion pieces or proposals for special issues in relation to the journal.

Full-length articles should be between 4,000-6,000 words long (although longer articles will also be considered) and opinion pieces between 650-800 words long.

Ideas for special issues are particularly welcome, whether country-specific or focusing on particular themes, as long as they have a Commonwealth connection.

Further guidance can be obtained by e-mailing the Editor at [email protected].

Find out more about the journal.


Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs with the working title “Spirit of the Commonwealth: Leadership, Religion and International Order”.

We are witnessing a period of tumultuous change across the globe. Driven by factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the far-reaching impacts of climate change, the rise of China, a rushing tide of nationalism, and widening political and social polarisation, this wave of change is restructuring how the world is perceived. There is a glaring need for trusted transnational leadership. What is the role of the Commonwealth of Nations in these changing times? What, if any, is the place of religion in the public square of Commonwealth nations and organisations?

Topics might include but are not limited to:

Religion and Commonwealth Values

Religion and Reconciliation

Legacies of White and Missionary religion

Religion, Gender and Advocacy

Interfaith Dialogue in Commonwealth Contexts

Religion and Diasporas

Inter-faith Environmental Initiatives

Religion and Law in Commonwealth contexts: Blasphemy Laws, Protected Beliefs and Freedom of Speech?

Articles between 4000-6000 words will be considered for publication. All papers will be subject to the normal Round Table peer review process and should follow the journal’s style recommendations. More information about the journal can be found at

Proposals should be submitted, by email, to the guest editor Terry Barringer ([email protected]) by 1st November 2021.

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