1 February 2012


Chatham House is pleased to relaunch its international affairs magazine, The World Today.

The magazine, under its new editor, Alan Philps, will be a unique offering, reflecting Chatham House’s international expertise and network.

In each issue, leading thinkers, policy-makers and international affairs experts, as well as prominent writers and journalists, will provide stimulating analysis and commentary on global issues and trends.

In the new February-March edition, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson offers some typically sharp opinions on his own people ('The Scots are nationalists after a few drinks on Saturday night and North Britons on Monday morning') and explains why he is quitting England to become a US citizen. 'The time I spent in England now begins to feel like a detour,' he says. Only in America can 'cultural Calvinists' feel at home.

Robin Niblett and Claire Spencer offer a fresh approach to solving the two crises afflicting the Mediterranean countries: financial weakness in southern Europe and the risk of implosion in North Africa where expectations raised by the Arab spring are likely to be dashed. The two crises should be addressed together, they argue, and this means North Africa has to be brought into the European economic space.  

Acclaimed Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif shares six books with readers to help them understand the political upheaval in Egypt, while Saudi-born Madawi Al Rasheed explains why Arab autocrats like to play the feminist card.

Best-selling author Philip Delves Broughton returns to Burma, the land of his mother, and finds his grandmother’s house in ruins, but sees a country where it is finally possible to hope.   

The distinguished American diplomat, Aaron David Miller, looks back at the adulation which greeted the election of Barack Obama. The job of president of the US, he cautions, has become too big for any politician. Never again will there be a great, transformational president, and the best we can hope for is a competent one.

Notes to Editors

Previously published monthly, The World Today will now be bi-monthly, to provide Chatham House members and subscribers with a more substantial offering (52 pages, against the current 32 pages) six times a year.

The World Today will be available in hard copy and online on 3 February.