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January 22, 2015

AQAP’s Ideological Battles at Home and Abroad

Henry Jackson Society
Originally published in the Hudson Institute’s Current Trends in Islamist Ideology Journal Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a grave security threat to both Yemen and the West. This was most devastatingly proved on January 7, 2015, when the group ...
January 21, 2015

Are Russia’s Black Widows Spreading?

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally posted in World Affairs Obscured by the attacks in Paris a day later, the January 6th suicide bomb attack in Istanbul was nonetheless a significant one. It was not the first terrorist attack to be carried out by a Russian ...
January 13, 2015

The Battle From Algiers: Lessons from the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Robin Simcox
Originally published in Foreign Affairs Last week’s atrocities in Paris, which left 17 dead, were not the first rounds of terror brought to France by Islamists. In fact, such attacks in France have killed over a dozen and wounded hundreds since ...
January 13, 2015

The Yemeni Connection

Robin Simcox
Originally published in The Wall Street Journal Two major terrorist atrocities were committed on Wednesday. Events in Paris received more coverage, but the other attack, in Yemen, also deserves scrutiny. The two incidents are more closely linked than they might first ...
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 14, 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 ...
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 ...
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January 27, 2015

The State of Democracy After 25 Years: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Politicians across Central and Eastern Europe risk trampling on the hard-won democratic gains made in the 25 years after the collapse of communism, a new policy paper by the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society has found. Warning ...
January 22, 2015
War in Iraq

The First 100 Days of the UK’s Campaign Against The Islamic State

Henry Jackson Society
The First 100 Days of the UK’s Campaign Against The Islamic State, launched as foreign ministers from 22 countries committed to fighting the Islamic State (IS) convened in London, examines the volume of the UK’s military activity since its first ...
January 20, 2015

The Arms Race

Henry Jackson Society
This is the fourth 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, ...
January 14, 2015
United Kingdom

‘Honour’ Killings in the UK

Emily Dyer
While ‘honour’-based violence (HBV) has become a high profile issue in recent years, a new report by the Henry Jackson Society explores how the government is continuing to let down thousands of victims. ‘Honour’ Killings in the UK finds that ...
January 7, 2015
Democracy & Development

The Forward March of Democracy Halted? World Politics and the Rise of Authoritarianism

David Clark
Democratic progress has stalled in the face of an authoritarian backlash, warns The Forward March of Democracy Halted? World Politics and the Rise of Authoritarianism. The report outlines the range of threats to democracy and highlights the key battlegrounds worldwide in ...