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Opinion Editorials
September 20, 2017
Global

Ignore the pessimists – Britain is still a major power and Brexit was the decision of a confident people

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By James Rogers. With a land area of less than 250,000 square kilometres, we frequently hear that Britain is a very small country, nothing more than a rainy little island located off the coast of north-western Europe. As Simon Kuper writes for The Financial ...
September 20, 2017
Global

Britain is Europe’s big hitter, and there is no reason its influence cannot grow after Brexit

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By James Rogers. Last night, Members of Parliament voted to bring to an end a four decade period in which European law has been supreme in the United Kingdom. In a few moments, the birthplace of modern parliamentary sovereignty re-established its fiat ...
September 14, 2017

Russia Looks to Succeed Where the West Failed in Libya

Kyle Orton
Libya, which has been wracked by instability and violence since 2011, is re-emerging as a geopolitical hotspot. With opposing forces fighting for control of the war-torn country—the main two being the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan ...
September 14, 2017

Coalition Policy Risks Replacing the Islamic State with the Islamic Republic of Iran

Kyle Orton
By recent reports, one could easily come away with the impression that war and instability across the Fertile Crescent are winding down. Predictions about what comes next, always a risky enterprise in the Middle East, are at a point of ...
September 5, 2017
North Korea

North Korea is winning because Kim Jong-Un is playing the United States off against China

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Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have built to levels last seen during the Cuban Missile Crisis – the height of the Cold War. While many have been quick to blame the quixotic policymaking of President Trump, what has brought us here is ...
August 21, 2017
Saudi Arabia

Saudi’s Approach to Counter-Extremism: Can the Country Afford to Continue Neglect Women’s Rights?

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By Najah Alotaibi Two recent events have brought Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights into sharp relief. First, Saudi police arrested a young model for wearing an apparently “indecent” outfit while filming a shoot at a cultural site. Her crime? Failing to ...
August 21, 2017
Spain

Spain’s Jihadis Are Awakened

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By Tom Wilson The horrific series of events in Barcelona is yet another macabre example of what is starting to feel like Europe’s new normal. This is the era of frequent, low-tech, mass casualty Jihadist attacks, in which any ideologically driven ...
August 16, 2017
Turkey

Turkey’s Role in Syria

Kyle Orton
The Turkish government has gotten more and more deeply involved in Syria since the uprising began in 2011. But Turkey now finds its original aim, namely the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, unattainable, creating tensions with the Syrian armed opposition, ...
August 11, 2017
Saudi Arabia

Does Qatar Support Extremism? Yes. And So Does Saudi Arabia.

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By Tom Wilson The spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which is accusing Qatar of supporting Islamist extremism and terrorism, remains perplexing. Perplexing not because Qatar is innocent — it has sponsored and hosted far too many jihadists for anyone to ...
August 10, 2017
North Korea

Should you be worried about a nuclear war with North Korea?

Henry Jackson Society
By John Hemmings Thursday’s news that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has announced that it is preparing an attack plan on Guam, a US territory with forces has heightened fears across Asia and the West of a catastrophic ...
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September 12, 2017

Towards “Global Britain”: Challenging the New Narratives of National Decline

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The reality of British geopolitical capability means Britain is poised to thrive post-Brexit Is Britain in decline? Following the EU referendum, you could be forgiven for thinking so. Commentators seem gripped by the idea that the country is heading towards national ...
September 12, 2017

Audit of Geopolitical Capability: A Comparison of Eight Major Powers

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UK second only to US in major power audit   The UK is the most geopolitically capable country in Europe, and comes second only to the United States globally, according to a major new report by The Henry Jackson Society. The “Audit of ...
September 6, 2017

Russia’s militarisation of the Arctic accelerating

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The true scale of Russia’s military activities in the Arctic have been revealed in a new policy paper from The Henry Jackson Society’s Russia Studies Centre. “Russia’s Policies towards a Changing Arctic“ describes Russia’s dramatic militarisation of the Arctic since 2014, ...
August 17, 2017

The Forgotten Fighters: The PKK in Syria

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A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, “The Forgotten Foreign Fighters: The PKK in Syria”, has highlighted the urgent need for the government to prevent British citizens joining a violent organisation with a record of war crimes. We report on how ...
July 18, 2017

UK Government should urgently consider new review process for Chinese investment in sensitive sectors

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The UK Government should welcome inward investment from China, but ensure the national security of key infrastructure remains protected, our new report warns. “Safeguarding our Systems: Managing Chinese Investment into the UK’s Digital and Critical National Infrastructure”, described by Sir Malcolm ...