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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Challenges to Principled Humanitarian Action in an Era of Polarization

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Assessing the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015

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Cyber and Space Security: Creative Policy Approaches to New Technical Challenges

The European Union as a Security Actor: Integrating Military Action
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The European Union as a Security Actor: Integrating Military Action

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UK Counterterrorism Legislation: Impact on Humanitarian, Peacebuilding and Development Action

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street with Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Houghton on 28 August 2013. Photo by Getty Images.
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British Public Loses in Battle Between Politicians and Generals

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Making Peace Stick: Planning for Sustainability in UN Peace Operations

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The promise of pillar II: analysing international assistance under the Responsibility to Protect

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Twenty-first century UN peace operations: protection, force and the changing security environment

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Humanitarian Engagement with Non-State Armed Groups

Workers of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co participate in an anti-cyber attack exercise at the Wolsong nuclear power plant in Gyeongju, South Korea. Photo by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co via Getty Images.
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Cyber Security at Civil Nuclear Facilities: Understanding the Risks

World leaders including Angela Merkel and Barack Obama
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Return to reason: reviving political realism in western foreign policy

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Carl Schmitt in the Kremlin: the Ukraine crisis and the return of geopolitics

Refugees sit near the border in Horgos, Serbia after it was closed by Hungary on 15 September 2015. Photo by Getty Images.
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Syrian Refugees Are Not the Security Threat They Are Feared to Be

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A new Gaullist moment? European bandwagoning and international polarity

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Just war theory and private security companies

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Intelligence and Policy in an Era of Transparency

UN Deputy Special Envoy to Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, UNDP Representative in Syria Yacoub al-Helo and the commissioner general of UNRWA, Pierre Krahenbuhl, answer questions during an interview on 14 April 2015 in Damascus. Photo by Getty Images.
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Syria Showcases the Failure to Engage Locals in Development

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North Korea: Nuclear Diplomacy and Contingency Planning

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Risks and Opportunities

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International Affairs

Review forum: US national security: new threats, old realities

A group of Somali women line up to receive food aid from a Kuwaiti-based Islamic charity in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on 14 August 2011. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images.
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Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The Impact of Banking Restrictions on UK NGOs

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

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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

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

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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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South Sudan: a volatile dynamic of accountability and peace

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What after counter-insurgency? Raiding in zones of turmoil

Two Lancaster Bombers with fighter escort flying low over Derwentwater in the English Lake District.
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UK Foreign and Security Policy Working Group

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.
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Space, the Final Frontier for Cybersecurity?

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The many faces of a rebel group: the Allied Democratic Forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Review article: The Cambridge history of the Second World War

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The framework nation: can Germany lead on security?

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The sources of China’s assertiveness: the system, domestic politics or leadership preferences?

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