Royal Institute for International Affairs

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The Royal Institute for International Affairs (also known as Chatham House) is a British think tank. It was founded in 1920 and is part of the British establishment.

At the centre of the British Establishment, Chatham House holds meetings at which members, discuss the ongoings of world affairs. Over the years may famous statesmen have spoken to distinguished audiences at Chatham House. Recent noteable speakers include Jack Straw (British Foreign Secretary) and the Palestinian Prime Minister.

Its famous Chatham House Rule, when invoked, ensures confidentiality of all meeting participants and attributing comments to them. The rule currently reads as follows:

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". [1]


Accessed April 2009: [1]



List of Staff

It has an American wing the Chatham House Foundation.

Contact details

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London SW1Y 4LE
T: +44 (0)20 7957 5700
F: +44 (0)20 7957 5710
Email: contact AT

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External Resources

  • Patron, Presidents, Council and Directors, Royal Institute for International Affairs, accessed April 25, 2009.