The Royal Institute of International Affairs is pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will formally launch the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House, on 18 November 2014.

The institute has created the Academy to offer potential and established leaders from around the world the opportunity to develop the tools needed to address the major policy challenges and critical issues facing the world today.

The Queen will participate in a ceremony to remove a brick from the wall between Chatham House and the adjacent Ames House and unveil a plaque to commemorate the day. The removal of the brick will symbolize the start of a process that will connect the two buildings which, together, will formally house the Academy. The Queen and the Duke will also meet institute staff, Academy Fellows and guests and view a short film about the Academy and its work.

The Presidents, Council, Director and staff of the institute are delighted that the Academy will be named after Her Majesty The Queen, recognizing her invaluable role as Patron of the Royal Institute of International Affairs since 1952. 

Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House says:

'The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs welcomes Fellows from across the world. By developing relationships with the United Kingdom, over time the Academy’s alumni will constitute an expanding cadre of decision-makers capable of working together to find solutions to complex policy problems and seize opportunities for future international cooperation.'

Working alongside the institute’s research teams, Academy fellows will spend up to one year at Chatham House in order to develop their thinking on the most pressing national and international challenges and opportunities facing their countries and regions.  Fellows are drawn from government and the broader policy community, the private sector and civil society.

Editor's notes: 

The creation of the Academy is a core component of the Chatham House Second Century Initiative, which is designed to strengthen the institute’s capacity to innovate and meet the growing demand for its work in the lead-up to its centenary in 2020.

Further information about the Academy.