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Opinion Editorials
April 23, 2015
United Kingdom

The fall of Lutfur Rahman shows the power of brave campaigning journalism

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator So farewell then Lutfur Rahman. On Thursday the Islamist-aligned Mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty of electoral fraud. The poll in which he was ‘elected’ has been declared void and he has now been barred from ...
April 13, 2015
Israel

Hamas Prepares Its Next War on Israel

Tom Wilson
Originally published in Real Clear World Since last summer’s war, things have been quiet along the Israel-Gaza border. But the calm is deceiving. No sooner had the fighting halted than Hamas was once again making preparations for its next war with ...
April 13, 2015
Russia

Now the Czechs Have an Oligarch Problem, Too

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally published in Foreign Policy Czech oligarch Andrej Babis, his country’s second-richest man and one of the most politically powerful billionaires in the world, is expanding his business empire into Prague’s corridors of power. Babis currently serves as finance minister, but his ambitions are far grander. The ...
April 10, 2015
Israel

Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

Tom Wilson
Originally published in The Spectator  When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights records the very least we expect is to see such people given a thorough cross-examining. What ...
April 9, 2015
Somalia

Al-Shabaab: under pressure at home but still deadly abroad

Andrew Day
The horror that unfolded at Garissa University College in north eastern Kenya is yet another reminder of the transnational threat still posed by al-Shabaab. Despite recent infighting amongst the group’s various internal factions, the attack demonstrates how the “internationalist” wing, ...
March 30, 2015
United Kingdom

Is Britain losing the war against radical Islam?

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator Some stories are almost too predictable. Take this one. Three schoolgirls from Britain disappear to Syria, apparently in order to join Islamic State and become ‘jihad brides’, or more precisely ‘jihad rape prizes’. There is a huge ...
March 24, 2015
Ukraine

To See Ukraine’s Future, Recall Crimea

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally published in The New York Times Just over a year ago, Russia annexed Crimea in the first major land grab in Europe since World War II. The world has paid little attention to Crimea since then, but developments on the ...
March 18, 2015
Saudi Arabia

Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’ First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses on ancient churches and desecrating Christian holy sites in Mosul, Iraq. They admit to doing this because they wish ...
March 18, 2015
Israel

We can’t just blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of peace in the Middle East

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator The re-election of Benjamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu in Israel has not gone down well in the chancelleries of Europe, let alone the White House. During his terms of office, a majority of western politicians and commentators have ...
March 18, 2015
Ukraine

How did Russia’s RNCB avoid Ukraine-related sanctions for so long?

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally published in the Financial Times Unwilling to go to war with Russia, the west’s main levers for persuading Vladimir Putin to back down over Ukraine are economic sanctions. Their importance was underscored last week, when the US announced new measures ...
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Key Publications
April 10, 2015

Understanding CAGE: A Public Information Dossier

Hannah Stuart
This policy paper reveals the pro-terrorist ideology of the ‘Jihadi John’-sympathising lobby group CAGE and highlights group’s inaccurate claims about government counter-terrorism measures. Understanding CAGE: A Public Information Dossier examines the ideology, campaigns and support network of the lobby group most commonly ...
April 9, 2015

The Iran Nuclear Framework Proposals

Tom Wilson
At this crucial juncture in Western diplomacy with Iran’s Islamic regime, a timely new HJS briefing shows that it is misleading to speak of a single framework that came out of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations concluded on 2 April. Since ...
March 23, 2015

Crimea and the Kremlin: From Plan “A” to Plan “B”

Henry Jackson Society
This is the seventh in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. This publication was written by Vladimir Voronov, a Russian investigative journalist, and translated by Arch ...
March 16, 2015

Putin’s Peninsula: Crimea’s Annexation and Deterioration

Dr. Andrew Foxall
The organised crime, corruption, and discrimination that is the oxygen of Vladimir Putin’s ‘spoils for the few’ mode of governance have been boosted by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, finds this policy paper by the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry ...
March 11, 2015

Hamas Today: An Assessment of Alliances and Capabilities

Henry Jackson Society
Despite sustaining significant damage to its infrastructure and capacity for violence during the previous conflict, Hamas in Gaza is once again resurgent – replenishing its weapons stockpiles and resuming construction of its offensive terror tunnel system. Without counter-measures, it appears highly ...