Deputy Director, Chatham House
Adam Ward

Contact information

+44 (0)20 7314 3616


Adam Ward became deputy director of Chatham House in April 2017. He was previously, from 2009, director of studies of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where his earlier assignments included serving for four years as executive director of the IISS US office in Washington DC, and as senior fellow for East Asian security. He began his career at the consulting firm Oxford Analytica.

Adam received his BA and MA from Warwick University. 

Areas of expertise

  • International security
  • Asian security
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • US foreign policy

Past experience

2009-17Director of Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
2005-09Executive Director, IISS-US Office, Washington DC

Senior Fellow for East Asian Security; Editor, Strategic Comments, IISS, London


Asia Pacific Editor and Analyst, Oxford Analytica, Oxford


MA, International Studies, Warwick University, UK

1991-95BA, German and Politics, Warwick University, UK, and Salzburg University, Austria


  • Introduction, in Dodge, T and Hokayem, E (eds), Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS, IISS Adelphi Book, London, 2014.
  • ‘The Drivers of Strategic Change’ (with Nicoll, A.), in Strategic Survey, the Annual Review of World Affairs, IISS, London, 2014.
  • Chapters on China in Strategic Survey, the Annual Review of World Affairs, IISS, London, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
  • ‘Living with Ambiguity: North Korea’s Strategic Weapons Programmes’, with Samore, G., in Smith, Hazel (ed) Reconstituting Korean Security, Tokyo, 2007.