Studying in London
Chatham House, the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute which carries out rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities. Based in St James’s Square in London, Chatham House brings together people and organisations with an interest in international affairs. It is also well known for the Chatham House Rule, which facilitates free speech and confidentiality at meetings.
The Department of War Studies holds a ‘Student Pass’ which students can use throughout the year to access Chatham House’s extensive events programme and the library.
Royal United Services Institute
The Department also has longstanding links with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), down the road in Whitehall. The Director, Dr Karin von Hippel, is a War Studies alumni, and some of our faculty serve as subject experts. War Studies students have access to RUSI’s library and archives, home to over 30,000 volumes on a broad range of military history topics.
Liddell Hart Archives
Even closer to home, War Studies students can access the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. The Centre's holdings include the personal and semi-personal papers of nearly 800 senior British defence personnel, research papers for a number of television documentary collections, published microfilms and microfiche of USA official documents and the former private library of Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart.