An Iraqi carries a gas mask that he found in the marshes crossing the southern Iraqi town of al-Azeir, April 2007. Photo: ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Nuclear Disarmament: The Missing Link in Multilateralism

12 October 2016
Nuclear weapons pose overwhelming dangers to global health, development, climate, social structures and human rights. It is time to connect up the issues and place human security and survival of the species at the centre of international decision-making.
Air Force One transporting US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lands at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 27 January 2015. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

US Election Note: Middle East Policy After 2016

5 October 2016
Under either Clinton or Trump, US Middle East policy is likely to become more interventionist and confrontational than it has been in Obama’s second term.
Members of the Iraqi police forces stand next to their vehicle in front of damaged buildings in Fallujah on 28 June 2016. Photo: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Promoting Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

5 October 2016
It is not the absence of law that is causing casualties, destruction and unprecedented displacement in armed conflict, but flagrant breaches of the most fundamental rules of international humanitarian law.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with his British counterpart Theresa May in New York on 20 September 2016. Photo: Kyodo News/Getty Images.
Research paper

Brexit and its Consequences: Anglo-Japanese Relations in a Post-EU Referendum World

3 October 2016
Substantial discrepancies in immediate strategic interests suggest that cooperation between the UK and Japan, if it is to take place, is likely to be modest in nature and should build on existing bilateral security accords.
Taghmees Social Kitchen, one of an emerging breed of organic civic initiatives in Jordan, holds a session on food and food justice in solidarity with the worldwide ‘March on Monsanto’ movement. Amman, 26 October 2013. Photo: Razan Fakhoury.
Research paper

New Social Enterprises in Jordan: Redefining the Meaning of Civil Society

28 September 2016
The emergence of new forms of civil society in Jordan has the potential to help strengthen social solidarity, encourage more active and informed engagement by citizens, and could help support a smoother transition to a functioning democracy.
This image, supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, on 16 June 2016. Photo: Tim Peake/ESA/NASA via Getty Images.
Research paper

Space, the Final Frontier for Cybersecurity?

22 September 2016
A radical review of cybersecurity in space is needed to avoid potentially catastrophic attacks.
Tomatoes displayed for sale in the central food market in Qamishli during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, 2016. Photo: Kani Mohammad – Rojava Photo.
Research paper

Kurdish Self-governance in Syria: Survival and Ambition

15 September 2016
The strategic gains of the local administration in Rojava could provide an important model for conflict resolution in the region – it must be represented in talks to bring about a lasting settlement in Syria.
The aftermath of a suicide bombing inside a Shia Muslim mosque in the Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 km east of Riyadh, on 22 May 2015. Photo: HUSSEIN RADWAN/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Moving Target: UK–GCC Relations and the Politics of ‘Extremism’

14 September 2016
UK cooperation with Gulf countries to counter ‘extremism’ is problematic, and risks inadvertently bolstering repression.
Residents walk through the busy Mbare flats, which comprise part of the oldest township in Zimbabwe, on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, on 9 October 2015. Photo: Mary Turner/Getty Images.
Research paper

The Domestic and External Implications of Zimbabwe’s Economic Reform and Re-engagement Agenda

8 September 2016
International and regional governmental engagement does not guarantee the success of long-term reform, but continued isolation will almost certainly lead to the failure of reforms to take hold.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi talks with Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Janet L Yellen during the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting in Sendai, Japan, on 20 May 2016. Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI
Research paper

The Evolution of US and European Monetary Policy after Bretton Woods: A Historical Overview and Lessons for the Future

7 September 2016
While a new Bretton Woods-style agreement is highly unlikely, the US and Europe should help update the existing monetary system with a new set of best practices and norms.