Monthly Archives: June 2014

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June 30, 2014

Robin Simcox examines developments in Iraq on BBC News

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Terrorism & Security

So much for moderation

Originally published in Foreign Affairs
‘For nearly a year, Maryam Shafipour, a 25-year-old Iranian student, has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Her crimes, in the eyes of the regime, are “spreading propaganda” and “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national …

Posted in Iran, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Women's Rights

Event Summary: ‘From Drone War to Closing Guantanamo: Continuing International Law Challenges for the Obama Administration’

Co-written by Oscar Isham
This is a summary of an event with John B. Bellinger III on the 30th June 2014; it reflects the views expressed by the speaker and not those of the Henry Jackson Society or its staff.
On Monday 30th June 2014, …

Posted in Defence, Event Summaries, United States

ISIS’ western ambitions: Why Europe and the United States could be the militant group’s next target

Originally published in Foreign Affairs
‘In January this year, U.S. President Barack Obama was asked to comment on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) takeover of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Almost 100 U.S. troops had died fighting insurgents there a …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, North America, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United States

Will America take up the job of whack-a-mole in the Middle East?

Originally published in The Spectator
‘President Obama said recently that the United States cannot simply play ‘whack-a-mole’ in the Middle East. The only appropriate response to which is to say, ‘Yes you can.’
We can all understand why the President might be …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security

‘From Drone War to Closing Guantanamo: Continuing International Law Challenges for the Obama Administration’

SPEAKER: The Honorable John B. Bellinger III
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, 2005-2009
Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The White House, 2001-2005
        TIME: 5.30 – 6.30, …

Posted in 9/11, Defence, Event, North America, Spotlight, United States
June 27, 2014

Anti-alcohol Islamist group with Brick Lane links banned for ‘glorifying terrorism’

Originally published in The Dockland & East London Advertiser
‘An Islamist group that marched in Brick Lane against the sale of alcohol has been banned by the government, making membership a criminal offence.
The Shariah Project was among three groups proscribed by …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, News Coverage, United Kingdom

Lords debate the human rights situation in Egypt

Originally published in DeHavilland
The UK would continue a close, frank dialogue with the Egyptian Government given that the country had “a very long way to go” in human rights terms, and was an influential touchstone for the Middle East, peers …

Posted in Egypt, Human Rights, Middle East, News Coverage

Murderous Islamists or islamophobia?

Originally published in The Spectator
I have a nominee for idiot of the week. I had never heard of him until yesterday, but he is one ‘Andreas Krieg’ who the Daily Mail has referred to as ‘a Middle East security analyst …

Posted in Africa, Iraq, Islamism, Middle East, Nigeria, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Syria, Terrorism & Security
June 26, 2014

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup: An investment legacy own goal?

Originally published in Arabian Business
Controversy has surrounded Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022. Initially criticism was levelled against hosting the World Cup in Qatar given the extreme temperatures and the impact this could have on players.
In …

Posted in Economy, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Qatar, Spotlight
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