Round Table events and events of interest

5 June: Join CFOC and Sir Simon McDonald, the Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, for an interesting evening discussing the work that the FCO does across the Commonwealth.
Register to reserve a place.

6 June: Griffith Review: Commonwealth Now
Is the Commonwealth of Nations more than a legacy of another age? A panel discussion dealing with issues raised in the latest edition of the Griffith Review entitled Commonwealth Now.
Bush House,  Lecture Theatre 2, London, WC2R 1ES. Click here for tickets.

28 June: Asian Waters The Struggle Over the Asia-Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion. Author and former BBC correspondent Humphrey Hawksley will in conversation with television anchor, Stephen Cole, and Dr Kerry Brown, China specialist, King’s College London with contributions from experts in the audience.
Senate Room, First Floor, Senate House, University of London. Tickets are available online.

10 July: Has the Commonwealth become a bastion of homophobia and other human rights abuses?
A Peter Tatchell Foundation discussion taking place at The Horsbridge Community Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable. Details and registration at

Transcripts and audio/visual links to previous Round Table events and events of interest

19 March: Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit. A report is now available on this seminar.

6 March: Round Table-sponsored student debate at London University Senate House. The motion is “This House thinks that Commonwealth commitments for human rights are just for public relations.” (Report now available)

13 February: The Royal Commonwealth Society and Goodenough College host a panel discussion on ‘A Commonwealth Conversation – Rejuvenating the Commonwealth’ at Goodenough College.

7 February: Building a safer world? The Commonwealth approach in comparative perspective.
Taking place at l’Université de Londres in Paris. (Report now available on this conference).

26 January: “This House believes the Commonwealth has no place in the modern world”. There is now a report on the Exeter University debate.

17 January: “This House believes that the Commonwealth prevents the UK from moving on from the past and dealing with the future”. Birmingham students debate the future of the Commonwealth. Report from Birmingham now available.

October 2017: Two-day conference on the plans and challenges for the 2018 Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit. Includes reports, outcomes and video interviews.

April 2017: The Peter Lyon Annual Memorial Lecture by HE Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General. Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House. Transcript and report.

Video: The House of Lords debate the Commonwealth – 16 March.

Focus on Commonwealth Day – Q&A, our coverage and a look into the Commonwealth Day archives – 13 March.

Nov 2016: Launch of a special issue: Brexit and the Commonwealth: What next?
Special issue of The Round Table The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
This issue is now available online.

Round Table Conference
6-7 January 2016 – The Commonwealth after Malta.
A report of the conference proceedings.

Round Table Lecture
“The Commonwealth, the European Union, the Challenges”
Delivered by Dr Lawrence Gonzi, the former Prime Minister of Malta on
27 November 2015 at the University of Malta.
Click here to read Dr Gonzi’s lecture.

The 2015 Malta Summit, Valletta.
The Commonwealth’s New Beginnings?
A One-Day Conference previewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting organised by The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the Department for International Relations, University of Malta.
24 November 2015.
Read Michael Frendo’s keynote address

Speech at Senate House
Read Zaid Ibrahim’s The Fate of Freedom and the Onslaught of Islamisation in Malaysia as presented at the event
Date: October 2015
Venue: Senate House, London University, UK

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