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Opinion Editorials
September 22, 2016
Syria

Henry Jackson Society
and
Rupert Sutton
Originally published by The Telegraph Last week, as David Cameron’s decision to intervene and protect the citizens of Benghazi from Colonel Gaddafi’s murderous attentions was heavily criticised, future British intervention in overseas conflicts suffered another setback as a policy tool. Unfortunately, ...
September 22, 2016
Terrorism & Security

This is why Isis prefers to use home-grown terrorists over foreign jihadis

Henry Jackson Society
By Emma Webb Originally published by The Independent Recently three women were arrested for allegedly plotting an Isis directed attack on Paris after French police found a car filled with gas cylinders near Notre Dame Cathedral. It is easy for this to ...
September 8, 2016
Syria

After suffering military defeats and the loss of several leaders, is this the beginning of the end for Islamic State?

Henry Jackson Society
and
Kyle Orton
Isis’s statelet is faltering. But unfortunately, the way Isis is losing its urban strongholds is legitimising it, laying the groundwork for a military recovery. Isis is waging a revolutionary war that prioritises politics and focuses on the long term, exhausting its ...
September 7, 2016
United Kingdom

The menace of Choudary is at last behind bars

Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray
Originally published in the Express. After years of convening, inspiring and inciting radical Muslims across Britain, Anjem Choudary has finally been found guilty in a British court of encouraging support for ISIS. He is now facing up to ten years in ...
August 30, 2016
Europe

The Burkini Is A Problem, But Banning It Is No Solution

Henry Jackson Society
and
Tom Wilson
Originally published by Huffington Post. Reports of Islamist terror attacks in Europe have become so common that they are now coming in at roughly two a week. The minor ones barely receive any international news coverage at all. France has been ...
August 26, 2016
France

From Cannes to Bavaria, politicians fiddle with burkini bans while Europe boils

Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray
Originally published in the Telegraph. Until a few years ago, nobody had heard of a burkini. After this summer, it is unlikely many people will want to hear about the garment ever again. The fact that this item of beach clothing ...
August 25, 2016
Syria

Bashar al-Assad has normalised the use of chemical weapons in Syria – and we rewarded him for it

Henry Jackson Society
and
Kyle Orton
Originally published in the International Business Times.  This week, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed what everyone already suspected: the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had lied repeatedly about its adherence to a deal worked out in ...
August 24, 2016
France

The burkini ban is a political ruse

Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray
Originally published in the Spectator. Private Eye used to run a column called the ‘Neo-philes’, listing some of the endless cases of hacks saying ‘X is the new Y’ (‘This season green is the new black’ and so on). So let ...
August 22, 2016
United Kingdom

UK: Clerics Who Threaten Reformers and Praise Murderers

Henry Jackson Society
and
Douglas Murray
Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.  The conviction of radical Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary — the most prominent extremist in Britain — has been widely welcomed in the UK. For years his followers and he have infuriated the vast majority of ...
August 19, 2016
United Kingdom

Is jailing Anjem Choudary the best idea?

Henry Jackson Society
Originally published in the Spectator. Don’t let off your celebratory party poppers just yet! Anjem Choudary may be facing jail, but he is a slippery man – an ex-lawyer always careful to push the boundaries of the law he despised without ...
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Key Publications
September 15, 2016

An Enduring Threat: Europe’s Islamist Terror Networks Then and Now

Henry Jackson Society
The Henry Jackson Society’s new study demonstrates clear continuity between old al-Qaeda networks and current Islamic State cells, with overlapping personnel and similar backgrounds. It raises questions about whether such similarities could have helped identify the development of the new ...
August 11, 2016

An Alternative to the French Peace Initiative: A way forward for Israel and its Arab neighbours

Henry Jackson Society
and
Tom Wilson
Read the policy paper here The paper’s key observations include: •    The French proposal risks sidelining the importance of direct negotiations, and at the same time repeating policy errors which are likely to exacerbate tensions further. •    Washington has signalled its reservations about ...
July 29, 2016

Profiles of Islamic State Leaders

Henry Jackson Society
The Henry Jackson Society has released a report which provides the most comprehensive compilation yet of what is known about the Islamic State’s leadership. The report provides detailed profiles and biographical details of the key figures within the caliphate’s government, ...
July 14, 2016

The Iran Deal a Year On: Assessing Iranian Ambitions

Henry Jackson Society
LONDON – 14 JULY 2016 On the anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran, a new publication – The Iran Deal a Year On: Assessing Iranian Ambitions – by The Henry Jackson Society ...
June 17, 2016

How the Iran Entente Caused the Syria Crisis

Kyle Orton
In the last few years, the United States has resolved to reduce its “footprint” in the Middle East, and has conceived of détente with Iran as the means of accomplishing this. If the Islamic Republic could be drawn into the ...