Chatham House Online Archive:Module 2: Publications and Archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs,1980-2008

"Appendix III, Part II Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany." A History of the Peace Conference of Paris. H. W. V. Temperley, ed. Vol. 3: Chronology, Notes and Documents. London:Henry Frowde, Hodder & Stoughton, 1920. Chatham House Online Archive.
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Access the archives of the top global think tank outside of the United States

Gale has partnered with Chatham House, a world leader in policy research on international affairs, to provide online access to Chatham House's rich archive covering the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Module 2 contains high-level analysis and research on global trends and key events and issues from the latter part of Cold War to the War on Terror.

Based in St James’s Square, London, Chatham House ( has long been regarded as one of the world’s premier policy institutes on international affairs. Since its creation in 1920, it has been a source of independent analysis and informed debate, promoting open as well as confidential discussions about significant developments in the global arena. Its teams of researchers produce independent and rigorous analysis of global, regional, and country-specific challenges. In 2009, Chatham House was named the top Non-US think tank by the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go To Think Tanks survey, a position it has held for the past six years.

Addressing the needs of the academic and business communities as well as international groups, Chatham House Online Archive: Module 2 and its companion, Module 1: 1920-1979, provide a searchable, browsable research environment that enables users to explore approximately half a million pages and over ninety years of research, expert analysis, and commentary.

Module 2 covers the years 1980-2008 and includes the following material:

  • Meetings/Speeches, 1980-2008, with audio recordings and transcripts
  • Chatham House Reports, 1980-2008
  • Chatham House Briefing Papers, 1980-2008
  • Chatham House Pamphlets, 1980-2008
  • Chatham House Books/Monographs, 1980-2008

Subject-indexed briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers and monographs allow users to quickly retrieve and review material relevant to their own research or study. Users also have access to the full text of Chatham House’s two flagship publications: the leading academic journal International Affairs and the magazine The World Today. Additionally, the archive offers unique access to thousands of hours of audio recordings of Chatham House lectures and their fully searchable transcripts, offering valuable insight into the thoughts and perspectives of key figures in international affairs.

The archive includes audio recordings of meetings in MP3 format, with accompanying searchable transcripts. Click the linked names below to stream audio excerpts from speeches:

Benazir Bhutto
Hans Blix

Global in reach, key research topics include:

  • Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Energy, Environment, and Development
  • International Economics, Trade, and Business
  • International and National Politics
  • International Security and Law
  • Global Health Security

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  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Hispanic / Latin America Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History
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Reviews & Testimonials

“One of the strengths of an archive such as this is that it records debate and analysis of events as they are unfolding. The long time period covered means that this includes inter-war diplomacy, the founding of the United Nations, Cold War international relations, the role of NATO, and Britain’s position in Europe.”

Ian Cooke, Lead Curator in International Studies and Politics, British Library

“Researchers and others interested in international affairs, diplomacy, and world politics and trade will find much of relevance and interest – including material that has previously been hard to find and access. Perhaps most exciting is the digitisation of transcripts, and in some cases audio recordings, of public meetings (those not held under “Chatham House rule”) – which include speakers such as the historian Arnold Toynbee, Dr. David Owen (speaking in 1977 on nuclear non-proliferation), Lord Trevelyan, and Hugh Mackintosh Foot, ambassador to the United Nations (1964- 1970).”

Ian Cooke, Lead Curator in International Studies and Politics, British Library

“This database should provide a unique opportunity to follow connections between significant documents and analysis reflecting a specific 20th-century world view. The content extends over a long period: some publications run up through 2010. In addition, the opportunity to hear a range of political leaders’ voices in recorded speeches will be valuable for students as well as scholars. More than 7,000 speeches will be accessible not only through audio format but also through searchable transcripts and links between the original speeches and subsequent published articles.”

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