Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all.
Engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs;
Produces independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities;
Offers new ideas to decision-makers and -shapers on how these could best be tackled from the near- to the long-term.
Chatham House was founded in 1920 and is based in St James's Square, London. The Chatham House Rule, famous throughout the world for facilitating free speech and confidentiality at meetings, originated here. More about thehistory.
Research, Publications and Events
Research is core to all Chatham House activities. We undertake independent and rigorous analysis with the aim of setting the agenda and shaping policy by encouraging new ideas and forward thinking in international affairs.
Research is structured around four areas:
Area Studies and International Law
This research area incorporates the work of our regional programmes: Africa, the Americas, Asia,Europe, including Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and Eurasia. The research focus on these regions ensures that Chatham House is well-placed to identify potential sources of conflict and emerging trends.
Work on International Law includes discussion of international legal issues and their practical application to current problems in international relations.
New security challenges continue to grow in importance, especially in cyberspace, threats to global health and the ongoing dangers posed by drugs and organized crime. The International Security department brings together thinking in these areas with more traditional security concerns - whether in the areas of nuclear technology, ensuring reliable energy supplies or managing the Western troop draw-down in Afghanistan.
The Centre on Global Health Security focuses on disease threats and determinants that transcend borders; access to health-related products, technologies and services; and international affairs, governance and health.
Energy, Environment and Resources
This research area incorporates work on energy, environment and development policy. It aims to produce innovative thinking on the major policy challenges and to influence and enable decision-makers to take well-informed decisions that contribute to achieving sustainable development.
Current research focuses on potential future flashpoints for resource security, translating early warning into early action to avert food crises, and assessing the impacts of Saudi Arabia's rising domestic fuel use.
This research area is devoted to the study of international economic issues and policies. Its goal is to anticipate emerging themes, provide accurate and policy-oriented research, and actively contribute to public debate. Main research themes are trade, investment and finance, reforms and governance, globalization and regionalization.
Various reports, briefing papers and books are published each year on these wide-ranging areas. Chatham House is also home to the internationally renowned journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today, each published six times a year.
Membership at Chatham House brings together individuals, companies and organizations who share a deep interest in international affairs, independent thinking and debate. Our members encompass a diverse range of backgrounds and professions including academics, diplomats, the media, NGOs, politicians, policy-makers, researchers and business people.
Contributions from our members, through subscriptions and other donations, are a vital source of discretionary revenue that helps to sustain the independence of Chatham House.
Disseminating our research findings and promoting independent analysis is core to Chatham House's mission. In addition to our publications and events our researchers regularly provide commentary in the media and evidence to Parliamentary Committees.
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