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Our work focuses on our core priorities of resolving conflict, pursuing democracy and multilateralism, and protecting the environment, while also addressing the crises of the moment. Through our research and convening, we are committed to answering the questions the world is asking and to thinking creatively about how to shape a brighter future.

Founded in 1920, Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, has been a source of independent analysis, trusted dialogue and influential ideas for more than one hundred years.

Latest reports

Countermeasures in international law and their role in cyberspace

This report from UK think tank Chatham House explores the conditions under which countermeasures may be taken in cyberspace in line with customary international law. The emergence of information and communications technologies has reignited debates about how and when countermeasures can be used in cyberspace. Countermeasures are a well-established response mechanism available to states against...

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Three foreign policy priorities for the next UK government

This report from UK think tank Chatham House examines how the next government could use its foreign policy assets to best effect. With a general election imminent, it is already clear that the next UK government will take office in an immensely challenging environment for foreign policy. From wars in Gaza and Ukraine to concerns...

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Reviving Tanzania’s regional leadership and global engagement

This report from UK think tank Chatham House argues that Tanzania’s new foreign policy strategy must emphasize proactive engagement with regional institutions and on global issues. Tanzania has recently begun to re-emerge from a period of damaging isolationism under former president John Magufuli. This isolationism obstructed international investment and undermined the country’s credible history of...

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Enhancing the security of civilians in conflict

This report from UK think tank Chatham House discusses six types of humanitarian arrangements that have been established or called for in recent conflicts. The desire to alleviate human suffering in conflict situations often leads to calls to establish arrangements to provide some security for civilians caught up in hostilities and to facilitate humanitarian response...

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How India’s democracy shapes its global role and relations with the West

This report from UK think tank Chatham House examines what India’s status as the world’s largest democracy means for its international role. As India goes to the polls in 2024, this paper examines the interplay between two dominant narratives on India today: the country’s rise as an increasingly prominent geopolitical and economic actor; and concerns...

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The ‘conflict economy’ of sesame in Ethopia and Sudan

This report from UK think tank Chatham House examines how the sector has become entangled in local and transnational conflict. The sesame trade is no longer just a mainstay of local livelihoods in Ethiopia and Sudan. Amid civil war and territorial rivalry on both sides of the border, it now plays a central role in...

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Tackling trade-related water risks

This report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at how importing countries can address water stress from global commodity production. A combination of climate change impacts and the production of water-intensive commodities, such as food, textiles and minerals, is exacerbating global water insecurity. Around 50 per cent of the water used to produce goods...

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Identifying co-parties to armed conflict in international law

This report from UK think tank Chatham House examines how states, international organisations and armed groups become parties to war. States have often relied on each other’s support to wage wars. But, as military technology advances, contemporary armed conflicts are increasingly characterized by complex patterns of cooperation involving states, international organizations and non-state armed groups....

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Towards a global approach to digital platform regulation

This report from UK think tank Chatham House defines and details a set of current trends in platform regulation. After decades of reluctance, governments around the world are moving to regulate, and more actively direct, digital platforms in an effort to tackle perceived harms and to strengthen state oversight and control. Digital sovereignty is emerging...

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Ensuring better outcomes for civilians in armed conflict

This report from UK think tank Chatham House takes a closer look at different approaches to the principles that can improve outcomes for civilians in conflict contexts. The increasing complexity of protracted armed conflicts that impact civilian lives demonstrates the urgent need for a reassessment of the role of humanitarian principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality...

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Rethinking the role of humanitarian principles in armed conflict

This report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at rethinking the role of humanitarian principles in armed conflict. The international humanitarian system frequently acts as a substitute for the lack of political effort to bring armed conflicts to an end. As a result, humanitarian organizations often must contend with dilemmas that they are ill-equipped...

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Gender, inclusion and humanitarian principles in conflict contexts

This report from UK think tank Chatham House emphasises the importance of applying humanitarian principles within wider efforts to promote peace. Gender equality and inclusivity are important considerations in humanitarian efforts to alleviate suffering and preserve dignity in conflicts. However, where there is systemic gender-based marginalization, humanitarian organizations continue to face severe challenges. This paper...

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Russian cyber and information warfare in practice

This report from UK think tank Chatham House will examine lessons observed from the war on Ukraine. Russia’s use of cyber and information warfare against Ukraine has confirmed some previous assessments of Russian doctrine and capabilities and invalidated others. In both cases, observation of operations in the war to date provides valuable insights for other...

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Security actors in Misrata, Zawiya and Zintan since 2011

This report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at how local factors shape Libya's security sector. Libya’s armed groups predominantly operate in the areas where they originated. This means that the security sector has developed since 2011 in accordance with distinctly local dynamics: the social composition of the area; the experience of conflict; the...

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Lab accidents and biocontainment breaches

This report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at policy options for improved laboratory safety and security. This paper discusses a new mapping of all reports of laboratory accidents worldwide, published between 2000 and 2021, which finds that documentation and reporting of accidents are generally poor. Many countries have no reporting requirements at all,...

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Weaponizing prejudice

This event hosted by UK think tank Chatham House discusses Russia’s anti-LGBTQI+ foreign policy. Vladimir Putin’s ‘war on queerness’ reached new levels of repression in December 2023, with the adoption of a bill banning support for and access to public information about LGBTQI+ rights. The impact of these policies now goes beyond the weaponization of...