International Security

Chatham House research on international peace and security tackles a wide range of areas, including UK and European defence, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, internet governance and cyber security.

Projects include examining solutions for piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, strategies for maritime security, the intersection of cyber with space and nuclear security, internet governance, drugs and organized crime, terrorism, including Boko Haram in Nigeria, and counterterrorism.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the International Security Department and its projects.

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26 March: The Libyan National Army (LNA) moves against jihadists in Benghazi. Photo: Getty Images.
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Libya’s Power Vacuum Risks Heightened Violence

A Syrian refugee youth walks in an alley at an unofficial refugee camp in the village of Deir Zannoun in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, 31 January 2017. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images.
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UN Humanitarian Coordination in Lebanon: The Consequences of Excluding Syrian Actors

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Nepal’s comprehensive peace agreement: human rights, compliance and impunity a decade on

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Sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations: trends, policy responses and future directions

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Uzbekistan’s defensive self-reliance: Karimov’s foreign policy legacy

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Taking ‘justness’ seriously in just war: who are the ‘miserable comforters’ now?

Donald Trump with HR McMaster, the new national security advisor, and his chief of staff, Keith Kellogg. Photo: Getty Images.
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McMaster Appointment Could Bolster US Line on Russia

An Iraqi refugee boy, who fled the city of Mosul because of fighting between government forces and ISIS, at the UN-run al-Hol refugee camp in Syria’s Hasakeh governorate on 5 December 2016. Photo: Delis Souleiman/Getty Images.
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Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The UK Regulatory Environment

Internally displaced Pakistani children whose families fled a military operation against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal agency queue for food near a camp for IDPs in Bannu, 6 September 2014. Photo: KARIM ULLAH/AFP/Getty Images.
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Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The International Legal Framework

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan at a CSTO meeting in October 2016. Photo via Getty Images.
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For Armenia, an Alliance That May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth

A boy inspects the damage at a sports hall in Sanaa, Yemen on January 19, 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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As Arms Control Is Eroded, Civilians Suffer

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Narendra Modi’s Pakistan and China policy: assertive bilateral diplomacy, active coalition diplomacy

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Indo-US relations under Modi: the strategic logic underlying the embrace

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Ambivalent accommodation: status signalling of a rising India and China’s response

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Security in Europe: Challenges and Priorities for the OSCE

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Report Launch: Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Testing

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Nuclear Risks in an Uncertain World

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Assessing North Korea’s Nuclear Capabilities

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Trump Leads US Security Policy Into Uncharted Territory

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South Sudan: a volatile dynamic of accountability and peace

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A robot distributes promotional literature calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons in Parliament Square. Photo: Getty Images.
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Banning Autonomous Weapons Is Not the Answer

A staff member at the UK National Cyber Security Centre in London. Photo: Getty Images.
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Offensive Cyberattacks Would Need to Balance Lawful Deterrence and the Risks of Escalation

An installation from the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House in London in 2016. Photo: Getty Images.
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Even Without Cambridge Analytica, the Trump Campaign Already Had Everyone’s Data

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‘It’s not a problem of who has them; it’s a problem of the weapon.’

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Admiral James Foggo on the Future of Intervention

Pedestrians walk past a spray painted job advert for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on the pavement. Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
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Take Cybersecurity Away From Spies - For Everyone's Sake

7 April: The USS Porter fires a missile at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack. Photo by Ford Williams/US Navy via Getty Images.
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Trump Has Sent a Message That Chemical Weapons Won't Go Unpunished

26 March: The Libyan National Army (LNA) moves against jihadists in Benghazi. Photo: Getty Images.
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Libya’s Power Vacuum Risks Heightened Violence

Donald Trump with HR McMaster, the new national security advisor, and his chief of staff, Keith Kellogg. Photo: Getty Images.
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McMaster Appointment Could Bolster US Line on Russia

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan at a CSTO meeting in October 2016. Photo via Getty Images.
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For Armenia, an Alliance That May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth

A boy inspects the damage at a sports hall in Sanaa, Yemen on January 19, 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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As Arms Control Is Eroded, Civilians Suffer

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Trump Leads US Security Policy Into Uncharted Territory

Vladimir Putin (centre) unexpectedly replaces his close ally and powerful chief of staff Sergei Ivanov (left) with Anton Vaino (right), an ex-diplomat who served as Ivanov's deputy. Photo by ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images.
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Putin's Removal of Ivanov as Chief of Staff Is More About Rejuvenation

The Irkutsk aviation plant in Irkutsk, Russia. Photo via Getty Images.
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Arms Exports Add to Russia’s Tools of Influence in Middle East

Female officer cadets at the Sovereign's parade at Sandhurst. Photo by Getty Images.
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Past Time for British Forces to Open Combat Roles to Women

Iraqi people leave their homes in Fallujah town due to conflicts between ISIS and security forces on 30 May 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Suffering May Not Be Over for Iraqis 'Liberated' From ISIS

A replica of the Triumphal Arch at Palmyra is unveiled at Trafalgar Square on 19 April 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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Queen’s Speech Provides UK with Path to Leadership on Cultural Property Protection

A UN peacekeeper from Rwanda walks through the remnants of a looted and burnt clinic in the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal on 26 February 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
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When Will the UN Be Held to Account for Failing to Protect Civilians?

A woman walks past a screen showing global stock market information on the street in Tokyo on 25 August 2015. Photo by Getty Images.
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Rebalancing in the Global Economy Undermines International Stability

The Korea Meteorological Administration observes seismic waves from North Korea on 6 January 2016 in Seoul. Photo by Getty Images.
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Iran Lessons Can Provide Guide to Dealing with North Korea

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China's clear and present conundrum on the Korean peninsula: stuck between the past and the future

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Grey is the new black: covert action and implausible deniability

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks to US President Donald Trump as he welcomes him at EU headquarters in Brussels as part of a NATO meeting, 25 May 2017. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.
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The Future of the United States and Europe: An Irreplaceable Partnership

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Preventing violent extremism through the United Nations: the rise and fall of a good idea

A Heron drone on the runway at the Castor military camp in Gao, Mali, on 19 May 2017. Members of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) have been deployed to the region as part of the UN mission named MINUSMA. Photo: Markus Heine/NurPhoto/Getty Images.
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Drones and the European Union: Prospects for a Common Future

Launch Control Center control panel for the Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles located in New Ramer, Colorado. Photo: Andy Cross/Contributor /Getty Images.
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Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

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The end of liberal international order?

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Liberal internationalism: historical trajectory and current prospects

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US–China relations and the liberal world order: contending elites, colliding visions?

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Beyond seablindness: a new agenda for maritime security studies

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Beyond the buzzword: big data and national security decision-making

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Public-private partnerships on cyber security: a practice of loyalty

A Customs and Border Protection officer processes an incoming passenger at Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo: James Tourtellotte/United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection/Flickr.
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The US Visa Waiver Program: Facilitating Travel and Enhancing Security

A woman walks on the roof of the Great Mosque of Djenné after praying. The Great Mosque of Djenné was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, along with the old town of Djenné, in the central region of Mali. Photo: United Nations.
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Nuclear Disarmament and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Businessman on bicycle passing skyline of La Defense business district in Paris, France. Photo: EschCollection/Getty Images.
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Supporting the US Economy by Improving the Mobility of High-skilled Labour Across the Atlantic

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Literature review: the impact of digital communications technology on radicalization and recruitment

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Does Donald Trump have a grand strategy?

The Muna camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, for people displaced due to raiding by the Boko Haram Islamist extremist group. Photo: Kyodo News/Contributor/Getty Images.
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Recommendations for Reducing Tensions in the Interplay Between Sanctions, Counterterrorism Measures and Humanitarian Action

View of Business Bay in Dubai with the new intersection connecting Sheik Zayed Road. Photo: Edward Tian/Contributor/Getty Images.
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Cybercrime and the Digital Economy in the GCC Countries

Aboriginal elder Eileen Kampakuta Brown, joint winner of the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize for her struggle to stop construction of a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. Photo: Getty Images.
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The Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Testing: Regional Responses and Mitigation Measures

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