The Round Table Journal

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The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs is a policy matters journal based in the U.K. that relates to the Commonwealth of Nations. It is Britain's oldest international affairs journal and provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs.[1]


The journal was established in 1910 as the journal of the Round Table movement, established the previous year to promote closer union between England and its self-governing colonies. It was initially subtitled, A Quarterly Review of the Politics of the British Empire. Its writers promoted Imperial Federation, a proposal to create a federated union in place of the existing British Empire.

It was founded by Lord Milner, former High Commissioner of South Africa, and three others, who were associated with Milner through their work in the South African Civil Service:

All were members of 'Milner's Kindergarten', an informal reference to a group of young civil servants under Milner.

Post-World War II, its subtitle was altered to A Quarterly Review of British Commonwealth Affairs to reflect the changing nature of the Commonwealth. Its current title dates from 1983.

List of editors

Contact details

Alex May (Honorary Secretary): alex.may AT
Venkat Iyer (Editor): theroundtable AT

Resources and articles


  1. About the journal, The Round Table, accessed December 2010.

External resources