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      • Chatham House Richard and Susan Hayden Academy Fellowship 2024

      • This fellowship is a joint initiative with Richard and Susan Hayden. It offers candidates at the early-to-mid-stage of their career the opportunity to spend ten months at Chatham House working on an individual research project of their choosing. Academy Fellows are professionals from a wide range
      • Chatham House 2023 Research Assistant - Africa Programme

      • Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute, based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Africa Programme at Chatham House is a world-leading centre for independent policy researc
      • Chatham House 2023 Leadership Masterclass Programme

      • The Leadership Masterclass Programme is a career development programme by the Academy. It runs for nine months and is a part-time option for working professionals running from early October 2023 to June 2024 in parallel with Academy fellowships. It is sponsored by the Asfari Foundation, Robert Bosch
      • Chatham House 2023 Richard & Susan Hayden Academy Fellowship

      • Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs was established in 2014
      • Chatham House 2023 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship

      • This fellowship is a joint initiative with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. It offers candidates at the early-to-mid-stage of their career the opportunity to spend ten months at Chatham House working on an individual research project of their choosing. Fellows take part in the core work
      • Chatham House 2022 Common Futures Conversations

      • Common Futures Conversations is a new initiative developed by Chatham House and was made possible by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Its goal is to deliver innovative ways for young people in Africa and Europe to engage with politics. Through an online platform and a series of local events, the project w
      • Chatham House 2022 Common Futures Conversations

      • Common Futures Conversations is a new initiative developed by Chatham House and was made possible by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Its goal is to deliver innovative ways for young people in Africa and Europe to engage with politics. Through an online platform and a series of local events, the project w
      • Chatham House 2022 Richard & Susan Hayden Academy Fellowship

      • Fellows are hosted by and based in research teams at Chatham House. During the fellowship, the fellow will conduct a research project of their own design which falls within the research topics below. The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow appli
      • Chatham House 2022 Africa Programme Internship

      • Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world leading independent policy institute based in London. As a global think tank, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. An internship at Chatham House offers an invaluable learning experien
      • Chatham House 2022 Academy Richard and Susan Hayden Academy Fellowship

      • Fellows are hosted by and based in research teams at Chatham House. During the fellowship, the fellow will conduct a research project of their own design which falls within the research topics below. The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow appli
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Paris, 1919: Lionel Curtis, a British diplo­mat, delivered a barnstorming speech to the British and American delegates to the Paris Peace Conference, championing a vi­sion that was to alter the course of interna­tional politics.

Curtis’s idea was for an organization whose purpose would be to foster mutual understanding of and between nations through debate, dialogue and independ­ent analysis. Bodies already existed for the advancement of science, medicine and the arts. Why not, with Europe still reeling from the First World War, create one for international relations?

Out of this idea, two organizations were born. In London, the British Institute of International Affairs – later to be known as Chatham House – and in New York, the Council on Foreign Relations. Robert Cecil, British Conservative politi­cian and an architect of the League of Na­tions, chaired the inaugural meeting on the evening of July 5, 1920, at the Royal Society of Arts in The Strand, in central London.

Early contributors included politician Nancy Astor, prime ministers Arthur Bal­four and Ramsay MacDonald, Middle East expert Gertrude Bell and suffragist Milli­cent Fawcett, who joined business people, academics, writers and journalists to un­derstand and discuss the issues of the day.

In 1923, Canadian philanthropists Colo­nel RW Leonard and Kate Rowlands Leon­ard acquired Chatham House, at 10 St James’s Square, previously home to three prime ministers including William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. They donated the build­ing as a new home for the rapidly growing organization which increasingly became known as Chatham House.

In 1926, King George V granted the in­stitute its Royal Charter, which underpins the independence, impartiality and global outlook of the organization to this day. The leading thinkers of the time used the institute’s resources to develop their ideas. John Maynard Keynes led a study group that began to shape many of the institu­tional mechanisms that were to play a cen­tral role in creating international financial stability after the Second World War.

Arnold Toynbee, the institute’s first di­rector of studies, and others, including No­bel Prize winners Robert Cecil and Norman Angell, championed the ideas that led to the founding of the United Nations, pursu­ing their belief that international coopera­tion within a rules-based system offered the best route to global peace and prosperity.

The Chatham House Rule, now in com­mon currency around the world, was de­vised in 1927 and the institute quickly became a magnet for leading politicians including Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill. Since then, the Rule’s wording has subtly evolved alongside politics and society, while its spirit has remained the same: to foster open and inclusive dialogue on the most important issues of the day.

One hundred years on, Chatham House continues to foster mutual understanding between nations through debate, dialogue and independent analysis. And as interna­tional debates have branched out beyond small groups of senior policymakers to the wider public, so too has Chatham House moved to engage directly with diverse global audiences through new technology.

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