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December 18, 2014

Across the globe islamic extremism threatens us all

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Daily Express On MONDAY two civilians died among the dozens taken hostage by a Muslim gunman in a coffee shop in Sydney. On Tuesday a gang of uniformed gunmen massacred 132 children and nine others at a school ...
December 15, 2014
United Kingdom

Britain should stay put, it’s Europe that should walk

Brendan S
Alan Mendoza
Originally published in The Sunday Times Now the union with Scotland is safe, for now, Her Majesty’s government will be turning its attention to that other imperilled union, Europe. At present the debate is focused on how the EU can be ...
November 26, 2014

Why is the Islamic State so intent on provoking the West?

Robin Simcox
Originally published in The Washington Post ‘No more beheading videos, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri advised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a 2005 letter. “I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place ...
November 21, 2014
Women's Rights

What will happen to the women of Afghanistan?

Emily Dyer
Originally published in Prospect ‘With British forces leaving the last UK base in Afghanistan, a new fight for control between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Taliban is about to begin. On one side, women’s freedom is essential in ...
November 16, 2014

Crimea, Chechnya and Putin’s Double Standards

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally published in The Moscow Times ‘In his speech at last month’s annual Valdai Club meeting, President Vladimir Putin accused the West of ”double standards” in Ukraine. This is nothing new. Putin has habitually spoken of the West’s double standards since he first came to power. Those wishing to understand ...
October 7, 2014

Dr Andrew Foxall testifies before House of Lords Arctic Committee

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Drawing on his expertise on Russian domestic politics and foreign and military affairs, Dr Andrew Foxall today testified before the House of Lords Arctic Committee to shed light on the motivations behind Russia’s increased activity in the Arctic region. Dr ...
September 30, 2014
United Kingdom

Extremists have no intention of changing their opinion of us

Rupert Sutton
Originally Published in Left Foot Forward ‘Those who have chosen to side with IS will smear opponents whatever we do. As MPs returned to Parliament last week to overwhelmingly approve escalating British involvement in the US-led campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants ...
September 30, 2014
United Kingdom

Refuting Jihadism: Can Jihad Be Reclaimed?

Hannah Stuart
Originally published in Hudson Institute ‘Western policy-makers and academics have focused in recent years on the need to provide an effective counter-narrative to the global jihadist movement. The common threads in radicalization literature suggest a critical element of the counter-narrative should be ...
September 25, 2014
Religious Fundamentalism

Why are we paying more benefits to Islamist preachers than our own soldiers?

Douglas Murray
Originally Published in the Spectator ‘We need new laws’ is a phrase most often heard from people who haven’t much bothered to investigate whether laws which are already on the books can be used. For some time I have suggested that it ...
September 23, 2014

Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

Douglas Murray
Originally Published in the Spectator: ‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is very sure. But personally I do wonder: ‘Why should we even care?’ Is beheading people legal? Is crucifying people illegal? Probably ...
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November 17, 2014
United Kingdom

Banking Restrictions on Extremism-Linked Muslim Groups

Henry Jackson Society
As part of our ongoing examination of factors enabling extremists’ abuse of civic space, HJS’ Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism published a briefing titled: Banking Restrictions on Extremism-Linked Muslim Groups. The briefing investigates charities and groups to ...
November 5, 2014

The Iranian Nuclear Programme: Practical Parameters for a Credible Long-Term Agreement

Olli Heinonen
The Iranian Nuclear Programme: Practical Parameters for a Credible Long-Term Agreement, comes just two weeks before the interim agreement with Iran is set to expire. This timely publication provides a comprehensive yet easily-accessible examination of the underlying technical requirements for ...
October 13, 2014

‘Demilitarising Gaza: Principles, Pitfalls and Implementation’

Oren Kessler
In line with seeking to further the debate around practical steps towards a two-state solution, The Henry Jackson Society’s latest policy paper addresses the fallout from the recent fighting in Gaza. The British Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have ...
October 9, 2014

Unilateralism Is No Path to Peace

Henry Jackson Society
In advance of Monday’s parliamentary debate on recognising Palestinian statehood, a new briefing by The Henry Jackson Society, Unilateralism Is No Path to Peace, makes plain that lasting peace can only be achieved through bilateral negotiations between the parties. Highlighting the ...
September 25, 2014
Terrorism & Security

Disrupting Extremists: More Effective Use of Existing Legislation

Hannah Stuart
In raids across London, a total of nine men – including hate preacher Anjem Choudhury – have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation, presumed to be al-Muhajiroun. In its first public release, ...