• Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah upon his arrival in Tehran on June 1, 2014. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images.Research paper

    Iran and the GCC: Unnecessary Insecurity

    If key Gulf powers and Iran remain at loggerheads, the prospect of a historic international agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme risks deepening – rather than easing – the conflicts afflicting the Middle East, writes Jane Kinninmont.

    Jane Kinninmont
  • Photo: Federico Scoppa / Stringer / Getty Images.Research paper

    Guidelines for Good Governance in Emerging Oil and Gas Producers

    Emerging oil and gas producers should pursue policies that acknowledge the realities of their national contexts, can bring about rapid results and allow for incremental improvements to governance processes.

    Dr Valérie Marcel
  • Photo: Getty Images/Stringer. Research paper

    Syria’s Economy: Picking up the Pieces

    Despite the carnage and destruction of the past four years, Syria’s economy and its administrative institutions have continued to function. However, this state of affairs is increasingly in jeopardy.

    David Butter
  • Photo: AFP / Stringer / Getty Images.Research paper

    Enhancing Engagement Between China and the EU on Resource Governance and Low-Carbon Development

    Despite a distrustful and less confident EU and a distracted China, a new paper argues that improved EU-China cooperation remains key to achieving shared objectives on climate change and resource scarcity.

    Felix PrestonAntony FroggattSiân BradleyBernice Lee, Former Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House; Director, Climate Change and Resource Security, World Economic Forum
    Nick Mabey, Chief Executive and Founder Director, E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism)
  • Photo: Louise Gubb/CORBIS SABA Chatham House Report

    Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators and Magnates

    Mozambique's ambitious new executive must find ways to bridge a set of gaps: between the core and the periphery; between political parties – established and new; and between the interests of business and the stark fact that Mozambique remains extremely poor, according to a new report.

    Dr Alex Vines OBESoren Kirk Jensen

    Henry Thompson, Independent Consultant
    Elisabete Azevedo-Harman, Former Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House (2013–15)

  • Photo: Marcel Mochet / Getty Images.Research paper

    Investing in Stability: Can Extractive-Sector Development Help Build Peace?

    While the extractive sector has the potential to make a positive impact in fragile states, explicit corporate engagement in peacemaking or peacebuilding activities remains a high-risk proposition in all but the most exceptional circumstances.


    Rob BaileyDr Jolyon FordSiân Bradley

    Oli Brown, Former Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House (2012-14)

  • Photo: Taylor Weidman / Contributor / Getty Images. Research paper

    Addressing Natural Resource Conflicts: Working Towards More Effective Resolution of National and Sub-National Resource Disputes

    The international community should approach intervention in national and sub-national resource disputes with caution, and its primary role should be to support the ability of countries to resolve their own conflicts, write Oli Brown and Michael Keating.

    Michael Keating

    Oli Brown, Former Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House (2012-14)

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    5 things: David Maxwell Fyfe, human rights champion

    1. Born in 1900 to the headmaster of Aberdeen Grammar School, David Maxwell Fyfe was a British Conservative politician, lawyer and judge who served as Solicitor General, Attorney General, Home Secretary and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. 
    2. By 1934 he had become the youngest King’s Counsel in 250 years. In 1945, as deputy to the Attorney General, Sir Hartley Shawcross, Maxwell Fyfe became Britain’s deputy chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials.
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    1980s: The war on drugs goes into overdrive

    At last there is a chance to set right the damaging legacy of Nixon's offensive against narcotics

    713Benoit Gomis
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    The London Conference: Concerns about Britain’s shrinking role

    Strategic shrinkage. The buzz on the margins of Chatham House’s London Conference had it that David Cameron has banned any mention of the phrase in Whitehall. Anyone caught so much as whispering the two words, the Prime Minister reportedly told a recent meeting of the National Security Council, could expect ‘the Kim Jong Un treatment’. The North Korean leader has devised some particularly brutal ways of punishing dissent.


    Philip Stephens, Associate Editor and Chief Political Commentator at the Financial Times