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UWI hosts 100th Anniversary Celebration for IR Journal

For Release Upon Receipt - December 1, 2009

St. Augustine

“The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs,” arguably the first journal of International Relations in the world, celebrated its centenary in 2010 with the launch of its book, “The Contemporary Commonwealth: an assessment, 1965-2009.” The Institute of International Relations (IIR) of The University of the West Indies (UWI), in collaboration with The Round Table, hosted this launch, themed “The Contemporary Commonwealth,” on Friday 27th November, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boardroom of the Institute of International Relations, UWI, St Augustine.                

“The Contemporary Commonwealth: an assessment, 1965-2009,” is a collection of essays which analyses the history of the modern Commonwealth since its establishment in 1966. The launch took the form of a seminar examining The Round Table’s contributions to International Relations as policy and theory at the turn of the century. 

The seminar began with a discussion of the book, chaired by IIR Director, Professor Timothy Shaw. Speakers included Professor James Mayall, University of Cambridge and Round Table Editor, Richard Bourne, Round Table Chair, and Sir Ronald Sanders, former Caribbean Diplomat and current author and columnist.  

The second session of the event was chaired by Richard Bourne. Sandra McIntyre-Trotman, Director of the Policy and Planning Unit, Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Zoe Ware, Commonwealth Affairs Manager, Royal Commonwealth Society, addressed the topic “The Caribbean and the Commonwealth.” Dr. Venkat Iyer, Round Table Editor, ended the book launch with a discussion of “The Round Table at 100.” 

To find out more, please contact Professor Timothy Shaw at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2010 or


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