This collection of comprises: research papers compiled by the Far East Department of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). The papers include embassy handouts, conference papers, correspondence, reports and speeches, covering the period 1920-1968. They address political and economic issues in states in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania; as well as United States and British government policies in these regions.
Royal Institute of International Affairs, Far East Department Collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 102 RIIA
- Former ReferenceGB 102 MS 186361; MS 186362; MS 186363; MS 186364; MS 186365; MS 186366; MS 186367; MS 186368; MS 186370; MS 186372; MS 186373; MS 186374; MS 186375; MS 186376; MS 186377; MS 186378; MS 186379; MS 186380; MS 186381; MS 186382; MS 186383; MS 186384; MS 186385; MS 186386; MS 186387
- Dates of Creation1920-1968
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description77 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House) is an independent research and membership organisation working to promote the understanding of key international issues. The Institute promotes debate and research through meetings, conferences and publications. The British Institute of International Affairs (1920-1926), emerged out of 1919 Paris Peace Conference, along with its sister organisation, the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. The Institute was renamed as the Royal Institute of International Affairs in 1926. The Institute developed a programme of meetings, research, study groups, conferences and publications, and has a specialist Library and Information Service. It is a privately-funded membership organisation, frequently known as Chatham House from the name of its building in St James's Square. The 'Chatham House Rule', which is used around the world to allow for free speech and confidentiality at meetings, originated with the Royal Institute. The Institute is funded through grants, donations, membership subscriptions and revenue from the Institute's trading subsidiary, Chatham House Enterprises Ltd. The Institute has a presence in the United States of America, where the Chatham House Foundation works to promote Anglo-American relations.
Papers have been grouped according to subject matter: China, political (1920-1963); China, economic (1937-1953); India, political (1940-1962); India, economic (1940-1957); Ceylon [Sri Lanka] (1945-1959); Pakistan (1949-1959); Malaya [Malaysia], political (1940-1962); Malaya [Malaysia], economic (1945-1954); Japan, economic (1946-1959); Japan, political (1929-1961); Korea (1938-1961); Philippines, political (1945-1960); Economic Development, Far East and S. E. Asia (1949-1958); North Borneo; Brunei; Sarawak; Labuan; Fiji; Gilbert and Ellice Islands; Guam; Samoa; General (1936-1968); Indonesia, political (1939-1953); Indonesia, economic (1935-1959); Formosa [Taiwan]; (1946-1960); Thailand (1948-1960); Kashmir (1946-1962); Burma (1943-1960); Indo-China, general (1952-1961); Indo-China/Vietnam, political (1940-1956); US policy in the Far East (1938-1951); and British Policy in the Far East and South East Asia (1943-1950).
Conditions Governing Access
Donated to SOAS Library in 1964.