Chatham House’s governing Council also made Sir Robin a lifetime member as he prepares to hand over the reins after 15 eventful years in role.
He officially stands down at the end of this month and will be succeeded by Bronwen Maddox, who joins from the Institute for Government.
The new fellowship follows his recent knighthood in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year in recognition of his ‘outstanding personal contribution to British soft power and influence’ during his term as director.
Sir Nigel Sheinwald, chair of Council, says the institute was keen to continue the relationship, commending Robin’s work which has strengthened and widened Chatham House’s research, activities and impact, and seen the organization take a leading role in tackle pressing global challenges.
Sir Nigel said: ‘On behalf of Chatham House’s Council and staff, I would like again to recognize Sir Robin’s work in strengthening the institute’s world-class research, refreshening its brand, engaging new audiences and the next generation and helping bolster London’s standing as a forum for debate and ideas on international affairs.
‘But at the heart of Robin’s legacy at Chatham House is his personal contribution to commentary and research on the big issues of the past two decades, particularly on transatlantic relations, growing global challenges and divisions, and the future of the multilateral system.
‘Robin is a highly respected authority on international affairs not just in the UK, but around the world. As a distinguished fellow of Chatham House, we are delighted that Robin will have a continuing role in Chatham House’s activities, and we look forward to him contributing to our debates with the same energy and flair he has shown during his tenure as director.’
Recent highlights from Sir Robin Niblett
- How the world has changed on my watch, The World Today
- Living with a divided world, Members event video
- Global Britain in a divided world, Research paper
- Do think-tanks have a future? Martin Wight Lecture