The institute's Parliamentary Briefings provide a forum for open and informed discussion between parliamentarians and Chatham House experts. 

Portcullis House roof, London, United Kingdom on 18 September 2005.

Recent Parliamentary Briefings:

Chatham House Parliamentary Briefing
Challenges for UK Policy in the Wider Middle East

Monday 17 March 2014
Room M, Portcullis House

Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Chatham House; UN Deputy Envoy to Afghanistan (2010-12)
Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director for International Security, Chatham House
Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Chatham House; UN Under-Secretary General, Middle East (2006-11)
Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House (Chair)

This briefing considered some of the key foreign policy challenges facing the UK in the wider Middle East over the coming months. 

The speakers stressed that, whether in helping to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, responding to the upcoming Afghan presidential elections or working with international partners to formulate a more effective response to the crisis in Syria, the UK has a vital role to play.  

 

This event was held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Chatham House Parliamentary Briefing
Russia, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus: Instability and Migration of Values

Wednesday 16 January 2013
Portcullis House, Westminster

Katia Glod, Robert Bosch Fellow 2012; formerly Centre for Integration Studies, Eurasian Development Bank
Anna Munster, Robert Bosch Fellow 2013; independent consultant
Orysia Lutsevych, Robert Bosch Fellow 2012; EU-Russia Centre/Westminster Foundation for Democracy
George Mchedlishvili, Robert Bosch Fellow 2013, University of Georgia, Tbilisi

This parliamentary discussion, hosted by Chris Bryant MP, examined social and political developments in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space. The region, and Russia above all, has not tuned out as anyone expected in 1991. The main dangers are instability (war, civil unrest and Islamic fundamentalism), and the possibility that rather than western values migrating east, 'wild' post-Soviet 1990s values are migrating west. These trends have significant implications both for the development of the region itself, and for the EU and the UK.

This event was held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Chatham House Parliamentary Briefing
Nuclear Iran: Myths, Realities and Challenges for the West  

Tuesday 11 December 2012
Portcullis House, Westminster 

Professor Ali Ansari, Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies; and Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
Yossi Mekelberg, Programme Director of International Relations, Regent's College; and Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

The speakers assessed recent developments in Iran’s nuclear programme, Tehran’s international negotiating position and the choices facing Israel, the United States and the UK in responding to a nuclearizing Iran. They considered these issues in light of the recent conflict in Gaza, talks between Israel and Iran and the re-election of President Obama. 

This event was held under the Chatham House Rule

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Briefing to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
The United States and China, and UK Relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Tuesday 30 October 2012
Chatham House

Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Acting Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Shaun Breslin, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Xenia Dormandy, Senior Research Fellow, US International Role, Chatham House
Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
David Butter, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Glada Lahn, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

 

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee attended Chatham House for a discussion on the United States, China, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

This event was held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Chatham House Parliamentary Briefing
China and the International Human Rights System

Wednesday 24 October 2012
Portcullis House, Westminster

Sonya Sceats, Associate Fellow, International Law, Chatham House
Shaun Breslin, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House 

 

Ahead of the launch of a new Chatham House report, the authors discussed China’s practice in UN human rights institutions and other parts of the international human rights system. The report demonstrates that China has generally refrained from projecting its considerable global power in this sphere, taking a low key and above all defensive role. However, there are signs that China is shifting its approach and adopting a more confident and assertive stance, within the UN Human Rights Council in particular.

This event was held under the Chatham House Rule.