The Stubbs Society for Foreign Affairs & Defence

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Jonathan Black addresses the Stubbs Society
Isaaq Tomkins, President of the Stubbs Society
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Jonathan Black addresses the Stubbs Society
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The University of Oxford’s forum for scholarship in foreign affairs and defence since 1884

Our alumni include Prime Ministers, Lord High Chancellors, Archbishops of Canterbury, academics, and journalists.

We were founded in 1884 by Samuel A Brearley Jr and named after the historian, don, and Bishop of Oxford William Stubbs.

We host distinguished speakers from the fields of foreign affairs and defence. As well as speakers, we run seminars, social events, a blog, and an essay prize – The Brearley Essay Prize – for sixth formers.

In recent years these have included Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary), Kate Adie (Chief News Correspondent for BBC News), Sir Mark Sedwill (Head of the Civil Service), Wazhma Frogh (Afghan women’s rights activist), Lord Patten (last Governor of Hong Kong and Chancellor of the University of Oxford), and Ben Ferencz (last living prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials).


Become a member today

Members are welcomed to all of our speaker events, seminars, debates and social events throughout the year. You will have the chance to learn from and connect with leaders in the fields of foreign affairs and defence, as well as like-minded students from across the University of Oxford and around the world.

Just £15 for one year.