• Timber and logging railroad used to transport logs made by illegal loggers at Kerumutan protected tropical rainforest on July 12, 2014 in Riau province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images.Research paper

    Illegal Logging and Related Trade: The Response in Indonesia

    The Indonesian government has taken a number of important steps to tackle illegal logging and the associated trade but  implementation and enforcement challenges remain, in particular a poorly functioning decentralized governance system, persistent corruption and insufficient transparency of information.

    Alison HoareLaura Wellesley
  • View of a tree in a deforested area in the middle of the Amazon jungle during an overflight by Greenpeace activists over areas of illegal exploitation of timber in the state of Para, Brazil. Photo by RAPHAEL ALVES/AFP/Getty Images.Research paper

    Illegal Logging and Related Trade: The Response in Brazil

    Brazil's government has made slow progress in tackling illegal logging and associated trade, and illegality, corruption and fraud remain widespread in the country's forest sector, despite a relatively strong legal framework.

    Laura Wellesley
  • Exotic species of hardwood timber harvested from Ghana's rain forests, at a sawmill in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region in Ghana. Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images.Research paper

    Illegal Logging and Related Trade: The Response in Ghana

    The Ghanaian government has taken a number of important steps to reduce illegal logging and related trade but a number of enforcement and administrative challenges remain, as well as broader governance challenges including corruption.

    Alison Hoare
  • This aerial picture shows a logging site inside a forest in Boulikhamsai. Photo by HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images.Research paper

    Illegal Logging and Related Trade: The Response in Lao PDR

    The government of Lao PDR has taken steps to reduce illegal logging and associated trade but significant implementation and enforcement challenges remain. The country also faces pressure on forest resources from agricultural plantations, mineral extraction and infrastructure development.

    Jade Saunders
  • Unregistered stateless Rohingya refugees from Myanmar at an unofficial camp in Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR /S. Kritsanavarin / November 2008.Chatham House Briefing

    Out of the Shadows: The Treatment of Statelessness Under International Law

    This briefing provides an overview of how international law treats situations of statelessness, both in guarding against statelessness and in protecting the rights of stateless persons.

    Ruma Mandal

    Amanda Gray, Urban Displacement Policy Adviser, International Rescue Committee UK

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    Time to revive the diplomatic track

    Israel’s stated desire for a settlement needs to be tested against the Arab Peace Initiative


    Benjamin Pogrund, author of Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel, published by Rowman & Littlefield

  • A Bahraini protester holds a national flag during an anti-government protest on September 5, 2014 in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama. Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty ImagesResearch paper

    Bahrain: Civil Society and Political Imagination

    As Bahrain’s political crisis continues, following the failure of formal dialogue efforts, the role of civil society and informal discussions is now all the more important. Bahrain’s traditionally active civil society could make valuable contribution to efforts to reach a political resolution – if given the political space to do so.

    Jane Kinninmont

    Omar Sirri

  • Image credit: Horst RahmelowResearch paper

    South Korea’s Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Fortune, Fuel and Frontier Markets

    South Korea’s renewed engagement in sub-Saharan Africa is driven primarily by three factors: the pursuit of food and energy security; the establishment of new markets for its manufactured goods; and the enhancement of its credentials as a prominent global power, particularly in order to counter the diplomacy of North Korea.

    Vincent Darracq, TAPIR Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House (2011)
    Daragh Neville, Projects Assistant, Africa Programme, Chatham House

  • Man on a ridge at Jebel Jassassiyeh, looking towards Ras Laffan, a major terminal for Qatar's natural gas. Photo by Peter Dowley, CC by 2.0.Research paper

    Finding the ‘Right’ Price for Exhaustible Resources: The Case of Gas in the Gulf

    Most of the Gulf countries are gas-rich but prone to shortages. Price neither properly reflects costs nor rewards sustainable use, and a lack of price benchmark inhibits policy and investment choices to address the problems this is causing.

    Glada LahnProfessor Paul Stevens
  • Russian builders repair a part of the Kremlin wall at Aleksandrovsky garden in Moscow on 25 September 2014. Photo by Getty Images.Research paper

    Defibrillating the Vertikal? Putin and Russian Grand Strategy

    The Ukraine crisis has demonstrated the effectiveness of the Russian power vertikal, but it also reflects the difficulties the leadership faces in creating that power.

    Dr Andrew Monaghan