Navigating the new geopolitics

Explore the institute's output, activities and achievements from the past year, including  the internationally recognized Resources Futures report, the launch of the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, the Chatham House Prize with Hillary Clinton, the  inaugural London Conference and a new look for Chatham House.

Annual Review 2013-14 coverAt the ‘Hands of Cooperation’ camp, or Alta’awan, just inside the Syrian border. Photo by Andree Kaiser/MCT via Getty Images

China’s more assertive regional policy, the crisis in Ukraine and its consequences for relations between the West and Russia, and the deepening turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa are all contributing to an uncertain world.

Chatham House is addressing these issues and other changes in the dynamics of international power through research outputs and meetings.

Over the past year, Chatham House has explored a wide range of security challenges, including the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, cyber security and internet governance, climate change and energy security, sexual violence in conflict, and Africa’s maritime security.

There are also major projects on the prospects for a peaceful political transition in Afghanistan and on the implications of the conflict in Syria for its immediate neighbours – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Israel – as it enters its fourth year.

The evolution of China’s renminbi strategy, the imbalances in the eurozone, and global economic governance and the G20 are all high on the international agenda. There is also growing awareness of the economic potential of Latin America, and Chatham House has responded by starting a new research project on this topic.

The past year also saw the culmination of a multi-year research project on Yemen, with the publication of a report on corruption and capital flight in that country.

More broadly, the institute continues to work with governments and businesses on global economic governance and policy coordination.

Resource interdependencies, the shale gas revolution and saving oil and gas in the Gulf states are central research topics and build on Chatham House’s long-standing work in these areas. In particular, resource-importing countries face ongoing strategic challenges owing to the cost and uneven distribution of natural resources.

Other important issues being addressed in the area of resource futures include food security and managing water in South Asia.

The evolution of international law and new systems of global governance are a core focus of Chatham House research.

Over the past year, this has included studies on the classification of conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon; conflict and coexistence in the relationship between host governments and the extractive industries; the international implications of the theft of crude oil from Nigeria; and forest governance and illegal logging.

Chatham House also held a major conference and published two reports on global health governance and financing.