10 June 2019, 17:00 - 18:30
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
Open to the public
This event is free - register below to attend

As the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, the warring parties have made important, albeit gradual, progress towards implementing the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement, which includes demilitarising the city of Hodeida and allowing for a safe humanitarian corridor. Yet violence rages on elsewhere in areas not covered by the agreement, deepening what the United Nations calls the 'world’s worst humanitarian crisis'. The rising toll of civilian deaths and risk of famine have also heightened public scrutiny of UK and US military support to the Saudi-led coalition.

This panel will assess the prospects for peace, legal challenges surrounding the provision of humanitarian aid, the role of international actors, and the ethics of arms sales that perpetuate the conflict.


  • Rafat Al-Akhali is a Fellow of Practice in Strategic Projects at the Blavatnik School of Government and was formerly Yemen’s Minister of Youth and Sports.
  • Emanuela-Chiara Gillard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. She was formerly Chief of the Protection of Civilians Section in the Policy Development and Studies Branch of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
  • Brianna Rosen is a DPhil candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government. She previously supported the US National Security Council on Middle East policy issues.
  • Dr James Christensen is a lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Essex, where he teaches courses on ethics and public policy, human rights, and global justice.

The event will be co-hosted by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and moderated by Nima Gerami, a Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government.