Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs

About Chatham House

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. 

The institute:

  • 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 consistently ranks highly in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Go To Think Tank Index. For six consecutive years the institute has been No.1 Think Tank Worldwide (Non-US) and for three consecutive years No.2  Think Tank Worldwide (US and non-US). In the latest survey, published in January 2014, Chatham House’s major study on Resources Futures was No.2 in the Best Policy Study/Report category and the institute ranked in the top five in fourteen other categories.

History

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.

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:

  • Energy, Environment and Resources
  • International Economics
  • International Security
  • Area Studies and International Law

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.

Academy for Leadership in International Affairs

Established in 2013, the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs offers potential and established leaders from around the world the opportunity to spend up to twelve months as Academy Fellows at Chatham House.

Membership

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.

Communications

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.

About Chatham House flyer (pdf)


 

Annual Review (pdf)

The Annual Review 2012- 13 provides an overview of the projects undertaken by Chatham House from 2012-13.

Environmental Policy

We are committed to continuous improvement of our environmental performance across all our activities, products and services. Read more (pdf).


Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs

'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.

More about the history of Chatham House.

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