Webinar: The Future of Think-Tanks

To launch its Centenary Week, Chatham House facilitates a conversation between think-tank leaders from across the world.

Members event, Webinar Recording
6 July 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:15PM

On the evening of 5 July 1920, the inaugural meeting of the British Institute of International Affairs was held at the Royal Society of Arts in central London. 100 years later, Chatham House marks its centenary against the backdrop of a global health crisis which has accelerated many of the structural changes in international affairs that were already apparent and which carry worrying echoes of the time of its founding in the early 20th century.

To launch our Centenary Week running from 6 to 10 July 2020, Chatham House facilitates a conversation between think-tank leaders from across the world, reviewing the role of think-tanks in helping to promote peaceful international relations and a better understanding among policymakers and the public of the major contemporary challenges in international affairs.

Questions addressed in a conversation moderated by Chatham House director Dr Robin Niblett include:

  • Can think-tanks remain relevant in the face of continued societal polarization and distrust of established institutions?

  • How will think-tanks cope with a return to great power geopolitical competition at a time of inescapable global interdependence?

  • Should think-tanks principally be sources of independent debate and analysis or do they also need to be explicit about the principles they believe underpin international peace and prosperity?

  • How are think-tanks adapting to the era of ever greater technological innovation?


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Chatham House Centenary:
Throughout our centenary year in 2020, Chatham House celebrates a century of influence, independent analysis and trusted dialogue with a number of exciting initiatives. This event is part of a series of events and research outputs linked to the main goals for our second century, which are to promote sustainable and equitable growth; peaceful and thriving societies; and inclusive and accountable governance.

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