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Opinion Editorials
June 24, 2015
Terrorism & Security

Muslims do have a responsibility to tackle extremism says Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Express Muslim communities in the UK need to make a choice: will they take some responsibility for tackling the extremists in their midst or will they continually blame everybody but those responsible? The past week provided a fine ...
June 16, 2015
United Kingdom

Britain’s first forced marriage sentence: a lot more still to do

Emily Dyer
Originally published in New Statesman Last week, the British courts handed down its first ever sentence to a perpetrator of forced marriage. The perpetrator – a 34-year-old businessman from Cardiff – raped and imprisoned a woman, before forcing her to marry. What ...
June 11, 2015
United Kingdom

Baghdad’s Policy of Failure

Robin Simcox
Originally published in Foreign Affairs Last week, Iraqi Sunni tribes in Anbar Province pledged loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his Islamic State, also called ISIS. Their timing was stunning. Just hours before, at a press conference in Paris, U.S. Deputy Secretary ...
June 10, 2015
United States

Don’t listen to Edward Snowden’s supporters – his leaks have been a gift to terrorists

Robin Simcox
Originally published in The Independent So this is the house that Edward Snowden built. The introduction of the Freedom Act last week has now reined in the NSA’s powers, particularly regarding the collection of telephony metadata. As part of this, phone records ...
May 29, 2015

Military inspections must be a non-negotiable part of Iran’s nuclear deal

Tom Wilson
Originally published in The Spectator It is probably safe to say that the negotiations with Iran aren’t going very well. As the 30 June deadline for a final agreement looms America’s top negotiator Wendy Sherman has just announced that she will resign shortly ...
May 29, 2015
Middle East

The Middle East’s Future Looks a Lot Like Iraq

Tom Wilson
Originally published in Real Clear World Today’s Middle East is arguably more volatile and more dangerous than it has been for centuries. The rise of Islamic State and the prospect of a nuclear Iran each represent an unprecedented threat to global ...
May 29, 2015

Wanted: Reliable Sunnis to Fight the Islamic State

Robin Simcox
Originally published in Foreign Policy The Islamic State has taken Ramadi, and the U.S. strategy to defeat the group is in tatters. As of yet, there has not been an Iraqi force created that can stand in its path. What is ...
May 28, 2015
Middle East

Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator For months, the White House has been saying that it has Isis on the run. Yet each week the world sees that Isis is only running forwards. Last week, the US state department briefed that Isis ...
May 22, 2015
Religious Fundamentalism

Will Theresa May allow Muhammad Salah to enter the UK?

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator Unencumbered by the regressive Liberal Democrats, the new government has already managed to start taking extremism seriously.  The counter-extremism legislation which the Lib Dems managed to stall will be included in the Queen’s Speech next week. But the ...
May 20, 2015
Religious Fundamentalism

Secularists need to prioritise their targets

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator I was on the BBC on Sunday morning discussing the government’s new counter-extremism legislation. Unusually for a discussion on this area the debate seemed to me to be constructive and engaging.  Perhaps this is a reflection of ...
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June 25, 2015

The View from Tehran: Iranian Leaders’ Perspectives on the International Framework Agreement

Tom Wilson
Discrepancies between the Iranian and American versions of April’s nuclear framework agreement abound, while some Iranian leaders have even categorically denied the validity of the US State Department fact sheet on the framework. With less than a week to go ...
June 18, 2015

Tough Times for Tough People: Crime and Russia’s Economic Crisis

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 Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for ...
June 17, 2015

The Long Arm of Vladimir Putin

Dr. Andrew Foxall
As Russia’s warfare, in Ukraine, continues to threaten peace in Europe, its lawfare goes unnoticed and unpunished. The Long Arm of Vladimir Putin shows the extent to which the Kremlin uses little-known bilateral legal agreements with Western countries to target ...
May 29, 2015

Extradition to the United States: A Long Road to Justice

Diane Webber
Although extradition arrangements between the United Kingdom and the United States are found to be fair and working, the time between the first request for extradition and the last appeal can and should be a much shorter process, finds a ...
May 26, 2015

Surveillance after Snowden: Effective Espionage in an Age of Transparency

Robin Simcox
Surveillance after Snowden: Effective Espionage in an Age of Transparency is the most thorough analysis of the impact the Edward Snowden leaks have had on the US and UK’s national security. Informed in part by interviews with leading intelligence officials, ...