Welcome to Keele World Affairs

  Bill Boynton

Prof Margaret MacMillan OM CC CH
Honorary President


Bill Boynton

"I have the greatest respect and admiration for Keele World Affairs which does so much to stimulate lively and thoughtful discussion of important topics. I have valued my connection with it in the past and am both touched and honoured to be its next Honorary President."


" Visiting speakers tell me how much they enjoy their World Affairs experience – the warm welcome, the engaged audience, the thoughtful questions, the friendly environment." 

Founded in 1980 with the support of Keele University, over 1,000 meetings later and with over 500 members, we are regarded as Europe's largest continuing educational initiative in international politics.

It is our privilege to welcome a wide range of distinguished speakers to each annual series of 20 or more Thursday evening meetings. Many members of the House of Lords and Commons speak here, along with ambassadors, academics from Britain’s leading universities, national journalists, and others. Details of current and previous series are available.

In developing our agendas we are delighted to have the support of our Honorary President and the Honorary Members of our Advisory Panel.

Oversight and organisation of the series comes from the Trustees and support team, all volunteers and members of Keele World Affairs.

Keele World Affairs is a registered Charity (Reg No 1164457) with educational aims. Our guests speak at World Affairs pro bono (expenses paid) and Keele University provides support, so the series is accessible to citizens whatever their means.

Many of our speakers authorise videos of our meetings so that they can be studied by the wider world, You can find them here.

World Affairs has a special ‘feel’. Each two-hour meeting concludes with the Q & A session chaired to help the audience of over 300 members explore issues with the speaker. Speakers invariably leave inspired by their engagement with our members.