The Council on Foreign Relations is well known amongst researchers of parapolitics as one of the organizations of interest directing Washington's foreign policy. Once derided as “conspiracy theory” the influence of the group is now a truism that is openly joked about in Washington's foreign policy circles. The CFR is in fact a branch of a slightly older, slightly less-known organization: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Born from the ashes of war-ravaged Europe following the Great War, the idea for the RIIA was forged at an informal session during the 1919 Paris peace conference. The group became synonymous with Chatham House and is widely recognized among foreign policy experts as the most influential think tank in the world.
Funded by partners, patrons and corporate members that read like a Who's Who of the Fortune 500, including Chevron, AIG, Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, Royal Dutch Shell, the European Commission, and dozens of other corporations, institutions and foreign governments, Chatham House consistently attracts some of the best known speakers on a wide range of topics, releasing reports that set the global policy agenda, not only for Britain, but for much of the rest of the developed world as well.
In this second episode of EyeOpener Video Report Series on Secret Societies James Corbett introduces us to the Royal Institute of International Affairs as a perfect example of how some of the world's biggest secrets are hidden in plain sight.
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