Chatham House

What they say

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the own identity nor any other participant, may be revealed.".

Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), is headquartered in the heart of London. As a measure of its importance in international relations, the name "Chatham House" is now commonly used to refer to the organization.

Here came the famous "Chatham House Rule ', in 1927, the rule that guarantees the confidentiality of the meetings. Since then, serves to ensure free and open debate around the world.

In 1919, British and American delegates to the Paris Peace Conference, under the leadership of Lionel Curtis, conceived the idea of ​​an Anglo-American Institute for Foreign Affairs, to study international problems, in order to avoid future wars. In the event, the British Institute of International Affairs was founded separately in London in July 1920 and received its Royal Charter in 1926 to become the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The American delegates developed the Council on Foreign Relations in New York as an institute brother. Both are now among the world's leading international affairs think-tanks.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) is an international, independent think-tank. It is prevented by its charter Interior, to express any view or political institution, on any aspect of international relations. It receives no government legal funding and is not a government organization, although some government departments are corporate members of Chatham House and be able to fund specific projects.

Headquartered in St. James's Square, in London, the building was home to three prime ministers (William Pitt the Elder, Edward Stanley and William Gladstone), before being awarded what was then the British Institute of International Relations in 1923. The book, 'Chatham House: Its History and its inhabitants', published in July 2004, is available to order.

Information extracted from the official site of the Chatham House ''