Know Your Enemy: The Royal Institute of International Affairs

01/19/201918 Comments

Readers of this column will know all about the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) by now. The CFR's influence in setting Washington's foreign policy agenda was once derided as “conspiracy theory." But, as is often the case, that "conspiracy theory" is now a simple truism that is openly joked about by the conspirators themselves.

What you may not know, however, is that the CFR is in fact a branch of a slightly older, slightly less-known organization: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The idea for this group was hammered out at an informal session during the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. It was formalized the next year, first as the British Institute of International Affairs, and then, after receiving its Royal Charter, as the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

The RIIA has become synonymous with Chatham House, its headquarters in St. James' Square, London, and is widely recognized among foreign policy experts as the most influential think tank in the world.

So what exactly does the Royal Institute of International Affairs? Who founded it? What does it do? Don't worry, all your RIIA questions are answered in this week's edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber. And stick around for this week's recommended reading, listening and viewing.

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  1. calibrator says:


    “Its history, once shrouded in mystery, has been laid bare for over half a century now.”

    Is *exactly* the reason for this:

    “And yet still, for all that, the RIIA is rarely discussed as an important power center in 21st century society.”

    The Quigley model:

    Small circle -> larger (but stupid) circle -> even larger circles (even more stupid members)

    A certain openess is needed to connect the circles, especially if about 40% of the western hemisphere economy is connected (according to a certain Swiss study from 2012).

    The “secret” is of course that lots of idiots populate the larger circles and think they are powerful and that they decide on their own.

    Some on the other hand are realists and recognized that they should be content for even reaching that level.
    Hence, Bill Clinton openly thanked Caroll Quigley twice. After Georgetown he went to Oxford – thanks to his Rhodes Scholarship (I’m sure the poor fellow needed to “win” it) – and as usual networked to his advantage, “befriended” people in his short time there. (You can read the funny as shit Wikipedia entry for Clinton for yourselves)

    On another note regarding Oxford, Balliol College seems to be an extremely fertile breeding ground for the Anglo-American establishment. Apart from Milner it “educated” other people:

    “Among the college’s alumni are three former prime ministers (H. H. Asquith, who once described Balliol men as possessing “the tranquil consciousness of an effortless superiority”, Harold Macmillan, and Edward Heath), Harald V of Norway, five Nobel laureates, and numerous literary and philosophical figures, including Adam Smith, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Aldous Huxley.”
    “Balliol people were, for example, prominent in establishing the International Baccalaureate, the National Trust, the Workers Educational Association, the Welfare State, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Amnesty International.” (Wikipedia)

    But make no mistake: Not only “old fellows” are in the books: Crazily-coiffeured Boris Johnson went there, too.

    As for Milner: This chap was so thoroughly connected to the Rothschilds that he worked for Rio Tinto and his “Kindergarten” included Robert Henry Brand. Brand is interesting for this alone: He joined Lazard Brothers and Company in 1909, ***soon*** becoming a managing director.
    I wonder, who pulled the strings here…

    Lazard later became the “world’s largest independent investment bank”.
    Their biggest headquarter is unsurprisingly in Manhattan but this particular bit from Wikipedia is especially enlightening:
    “Lazard’s New York City headquarters spans the top thirteen floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, including Room 5600, the former offices of the Rockefeller family dynasty.”

    -> Again: For everybody to see!

    Ah, and these entries under “Notable current and former employees”:
    – Marcus Agius – Chairman of Barclays
    – Andre Meyer – Famed American investment banker, advisor to Kennedy family, President Lyndon Johnson
    – Gary Parr – American investment banker, Former Head of M&A at Morgan Stanley
    – Nathaniel Rothschild – Co-Chairman of Atticus Capital LLC

    Everything is connected and much can be openly seen now.

    • Nick Sikorski says:

      You shouldn’t overlook Oriel College where Rhodes himself was an undergraduate… I had an interview there back when I was 16 and stupidly voiced a number of unconventional opinions concerning the causes for the French Revolution which, in hindsight, were probably responsible for me not being offered a place..!

  2. Chris says:

    WELL SAID Mr. Corbett. This was eloquent yet not overly wordy. You hit the nail on the head with this one. Not many people cover the RIIA, the Chatham House OR the Council on Foreign Relations, albeit they are different in as much as they rely on ‘secrecy’, as you put it, to not be investigated or scrutinized closely, yet the RIIA is hidden in plain sight and impressed upon the public as mundane or boring bureaucratic non-sense politics. Great job, keep it up!

  3. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Inventions, Products, and Cultural Insights during the early 1900’s

    Since the 5th grade, I have always had an interest in the history of inventions and product innovations.

    During Corbett’s release of the series “The WW1 Conspiracy”, I picked up a donated ‘free’ book to read during my downtimes at work. The book had chapters on the originations of household products, such as “Diamond Matches” (which predates WW1, but is very interesting).

    This link has a short list of early 1900 innovations…

    The Dixie Cup story was interesting to me. At the above link, you can find an overview of its innovation. The trade name for the disposable paper cup had gone through a variety of different name changes depending upon the endeavor.

    However, what struck me was the mindset and cultural meme during the first attempts to introduce The Dixie Cup into the marketplace.
    The book elaborated in more detail than the link does.

    Evidently, during that era of around 1907, the thousands of workers in the city would often share a communal dipper at the water barrel. A city health official tried extremely hard to alert the public that disease could be spread because of the communal germs. He even had some science to back it up. In the beginning, the general public scoffed at the concept that disease could be spread by sharing the dipper.

    It should be noted that saloons were very popular. That is where many workers went to quench their thirst.

    So, when the inventor of The Dixie Cup first presented his “vending machine” which would dispense water in a throw-away paper cup along the streets of the city, the public had no interest.

    Ice cream played a role in the popularity of “The Dixie Cup”. In those days, ice cream was sold in large containers. Eventually, the Dixie Cup became a popular method for the consumer to purchase an individual serving of ice cream.

  4. manbearpig says:

    meta-ideas that sparked in my mind as I read this article:

    14 août 1947; The creation of Pakistan

    The same year the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs was created in Karachi.

    I guess Britain made sure it never left the region when it agreed to the so-called “termination of British suzerainty over the princely states” and the abolition of the the use of the title “Emperor of India” by the British monarch. The creation of this British outpost known as Pakistan was an integral provision of the so-called “Indian Independence Act 1947”.

    The fact that the Pakistan Institute for International Affairs was created the year before the deadline of granting full self-government to British India (by 30 June 1948 at the latest) seems to be a clear indication that Pakistan was always meant to be a foothold for the new “crypto British Empire” (with the U.S. ostensibly inheriting the mantle of imperial world sovereign.)

    As for the RIIA’s recent report concerning;

    “…an analysis of the 2009 Iranian election that informed reports around the globe about the “irregularities” of that election…”

    it reminds me of an article that I read to that effect by Chomsky almost a decade ago:

    Season of Travesties: Freedom and Democracy in mid-2009

    Noam Chomsky, July 9, 2009

    “…In Iran, the electoral results issued by the Interior Ministry lacked credibility both by the manner in which they were released and by the figures themselves. An enormous popular protest followed, brutally suppressed by the armed forces of the ruling clerics. Perhaps Ahmadinejad might have won a majority if votes had been fairly counted, but it appears that the rulers were unwilling to take that chance. From the streets, correspondent Reese Erlich, who has had considerable experience with popular uprisings and bitter repression in US domains, writes that “It’s a genuine Iranian mass movement made up of students, workers, women, and middle class folks” — and possibly much of the rural population. Eric Hooglund, a respected scholar who has studied rural Iran intensively, dismisses standard speculations about rural support for Ahmadinejad, describing “overwhelming” support for Mousavi in regions he has studied, and outrage over what the large majority there regard as a stolen election…”

    No surprise there.

  5. FlyingAxblade says:

    I’d like you to make a take on the Thunderboltsproject. Like a fun aside regarding history. They are anti Einstein, black holes, dark everything, millions of years, & they show their work. They are pro-Velikovsky & Tesla.
    I do not like Suspicious Observer’s for the record.
    I’m also curious about your take on 5G, being that I live in Raleigh,NC and it was passed this last December 2018 & I have newly acquired tinnitus for the last month, and I only found out about 5G here last night. Because of this,now let me say clearly, I work with noisy stuff, wear noise cancelling headphones, but I don’t work from November to February, so I do not believe the tinnitus was caused by my work. Your video with the obnoxious noise was very on target regarding the sound, except that it’s not that blatant. I now have to use white noise audiobooks though to think past the constant ringing. I suggest to everyone, give a good listen to “The Pilgrim’s Regress” by C.S. Lewis and everything not Narnia, he’s more modern than most (obviously some things are dated and Nazi, but wow).

    • zyxzevn says:

      Anything wrong with Thunderbolts?
      Or are you supporting it?
      I do not support all ideas promoted by them, but the are very good in pointing out problems with mainstream astronomy.
      I am moderator of /r/plasmacosmology and I have listed
      some of the many problems with astronomy in the wiki.
      With the sun we already can see 9 MAJOR problems.
      I can easily defend the topics with my university background and after studies. I find that the mainstream astronomers fall back into fallacies and group-thinking.
      I am not think Tesla or Velikovsky are good scientists.
      But I think the same about Einstein and Dirac.

      Suspicious Observer is showing the connection between the sun’s activity and Earth’s weather and earthquakes.
      There is a clear statistical connection, and he is exploring what causes it. He often quotes mainstream space news, which sometimes have magical thinking. I am sometimes in discussion with him about the magnetism stuff.

  6. zyxzevn says:

    Israel attacks Syria’s capital
    News 21 jan 2019 (The Last American Vagabond)

    The attack was planned simultaneous with terrorist attack,
    rockets from idlib and shooting of civilians fleeing from Isis.
    This is clearly organized.
    Likely to make the US stay in Syria (as usual).

    We can also more false flags or fake attacks.

    In the mean time the US allies can just use chemical weapons and attack civilians as much as they like.
    The US is a military dictatorship with a 2 party puppet show.

      • calibrator says:

        If they are at it they also should inquire about Marilyn Monroe.
        In my opinion she was also murdered.

        One theory even goes that this was the doing of RFK but that could also be simply a second assassination of RFK (a character assassination).

    • mkey says:

      Nobody can may any sense out of this.

      I’ve seen a video of a supposed Hamas rocket attack on Israel. It basically shows one man setting up the launch site, recorded by a journalist, supposedly, from a hidden vantage point, and after a few hours a rocket is launched. These attacks typically don’t leave any dead bodies, which makes one kind of doubt why would anyone finance something that’s only to their detriment.

      Qui bono?

      • generalbottlewasher says:

        Mkey, disturbing story. Docherty and Macgstory tell an equally disturbing story in Prolonging the Agony. Chapter 28: The Balfour Declaration- Mythistory. I’m seeing a continuation of the myth with almost every story out of the region. Perpetuation of lies.
        Interaction with my lib-tard friends confirm they are more comfortable with lies than the upsetting truth. Truth is always upsetting to them. Its twilight zone kinda crazy. Deifies all logic. Now Im an anti-semite for reading a book. Nuts.

  7. Rooster_Ninja says:

    The “occult” is an interesting topic, there is some very empowering stuff in there, with many different ways to approach it and it could also very much affect your vision of reality. Like with any popular movement the bad guys (read, people with good intentions) want to ensure they twist it to their advantage, as that is what they have done with all historical popular movements. Same ol’ story.

  8. calibrator says:

    The “Integrity Initiative” has a special announcement on their website:

    “All content has been temporarily removed from this site, pending an investigation into the theft of data from the Institute for Statecraft and its programme, the Integrity Initiative.

    Initial findings indicate that the theft was part of a campaign to undermine the work of the Integrity Initiative in researching, publicising and countering the threat to European democracies from disinformation and other forms of hybrid warfare.

    The website will be relaunched shortly. In the meantime, we expect to be able to publish an analysis of the hack and its significance in the near future.”

    They also closed their Twitter account (for the time being).

    Those darn hackers!!1

  9. generalbottlewasher says:

    James ol’ boy, no rest for the weary! The RIIA are at it again .
    Two things in the news: Venezuela expels US consulate but wait! Trump recognizes main rival Juan Guaido who declared himself dictator of Venezuala and voids citizen Maduros orders. Pompeo says US to restore democracy with hippocracy.
    Secondly , and this is where the International Forecaster can shine a light on and connect the dots for the laymen.
    Headline A.P.-“Lines drawn at Davos on trade, cooperation! Leaders From Germany, Japan push back against wave of nationalism.” In joint warning to Maduro, Abe and Merkel say ” look what happen to us when we tried Nationalistic ideas! Shape up or ship out.”

    Help us Obiwon understand the RIIA force.

    • herrqlys says:

      “Trump recognizes main rival Juan Guaido who declared himself dictator of Venezuala and voids citizen Maduros orders.”

      The hypocrisy is respulsive, and given that so many co-opted allies have chimed in on the US narrative, it’s all disgusting. Venezuela is one of the world’s truest democracies so talking about bringing “democracy” to Venezuela is gobbledygook. This is just another in a series of Washington’s coup attempts in that country.

      It speaks to a new level of anxiety and desperation over the US economy and Washington’s ability to cling onto its old Bretton Woods levers of power throughout the world. Having the world’s reserve currency supported by oil priced in USD, and enforced by obscene levels of military spending to get compliance by gun barrel, results in frenetic actions by Washington when things start to change.

      The contrived price collapse in world oil prices during 2014 was aimed at destabilizing Russia, Iran and Venezuela – if not some others as well – but Russia and Iran were not intimidated and have fought back. Only isolated Venezuela has been unable to properly defend itself.

      For a clear picture of how the Venezuelan economy has been viciously undermined, by the US and it’s business allies among Venezuelan elites, you might find some grim understanding in the following Abby Marin interview with Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez:

      • generalbottlewasher says:

        Well Herrqlys time has been on Maduros side so far. Its been near 60 days since the hipocracy has been born. Today is Saturnday, 23rd of March 2019 and Tumpet Ceaser has ordered the diplomats home this weekend. After two or three failures to hoodwink bully the Venezuelan people in a surrender of their sovereignty, Maduro clings to his democratically appointed office. Beware the Ides of March me Curicanios!

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