Kazakhstan: Real Power Transition Still to Come (Chatham House)

Former Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

While his Central Asian peers died in office, were ousted by revolutions, and saw their legacies dismantled by their successors, Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned – the first president in the region to step down of his own volition.


Kate Mallinson


Xi asks business, cultural circles to make more contribution to China-Italy cooperation (Global Times)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday urged personages of business and cultural circles in China and Italy to contribute more wisdom and strength to the cooperation between the two countries.


Rebuilding Trust in Trade: Is Human Rights Impact Assessment the Answer? (Chatham House)

Aerial view of farmers covering corn seedlings with plastic film at a field in Suining, Sichuan Province of China. Photo: Getty Images

Growing concern about the social, environmental and human rights impacts of trade policy has led to calls for greater public and parliamentary scrutiny of trade negotiations. Human rights impact assessment has a potentially useful role to play – but advocates should be wary of overpromising.


Dr Jennifer Ann Zerk

Yemen: Analysing Four Years of Conflict (Chatham House)

On 25 March 2019, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen enters its fourth year. Our panellists discuss what objectives the operation has achieved in that time as well as the impacts on Yemeni society.


Rafat Al-Akhali, Fellow of Practice Strategic Projects, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Jane Kinninmont, Head of Programmes, The Elders
Chair: Farea Al Muslimi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House