The Cambridge Roundtable on European Order

The Cambridge Roundtable on European Order is an exercise in applied history.

It is a yearly invitation-only event hosted at Peterhouse, the University of Cambridge’s oldest college. Discussions cover three main areas: foreign and security policy, economy and finance, and technology.

Today, Europe once again finds itself in the force field of competing orders. NATO and the EU struggle to cope with the interlocking challenges of territorial aggression, technological change, terror, climate change, and migration. A group of leading historians, politicians, and representatives of business and civil society gathers annually to discuss the European order in a state of exceptional flux.

Discussions are continued over dinner, in the historic surroundings of the college’s medieval Hall and Combination Room.

Previous attendees include Joschka Fischer, Michael Gove, Kori Schake, Christopher Clark, Wolfgang Ischinger and Radeck Sikorski.

In addition, we are holding three Mini-Roundtables per year, each with a unique thematic focus, in different European capitals.

The 3-day main event is held shortly before the new academic year at Cambridge commences.

In a blissfully quiet, secluded atmosphere, a group of no more than 30 participants engages in a series of informal rounds of discussions, held under the Chatham house rule.