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.
For five years running Chatham House has been ranked top non-US think tank in a comprehensive global survey.
No.1 Think Tank Worldwide (Non-US)
No.2 Think Tank Worldwide (US and Non-US)
No.2 Top Security and International Affairs Think Tanks
— The Global 'Go-To Think Tanks', James G. McGann, University of Pennsylvania, January 2013
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 the history.
The Annual Review 2011-12 provides an overview of the projects undertaken by Chatham House from 2011-12.
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:
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.
Chatham House regularly hosts high-profile speakers from around the world in a packed programme of events and conferences as well as organizing and participating in a number of events and conferences elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
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. More about membership.
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.
We send a weekly enewsletter which provides information about Chatham House activity and a fortnightly media diary for the press. RSS feeds are available to keep informed of all the latest website updates. You can also keep up to date through our Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube channels.
We are committed to continuous improvement of our environmental performance across all our activities, products and services. Read more (pdf).
'Chatham House' is both the name of the building and the name by which the Royal Institute of International Affairs is widely known.
In recognition of this, Council in 2004 decided to adopt 'Chatham House' as the primary identity for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, which remains the formal name for legal and financial purposes.