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November 9, 2015

HJS This Week on Nuclear Deterrent, Netanyahu, Russia and Human Rights in China

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Henry Jackson Society

London – 9th November 2015

The nuclear deterrent is on many of today’s front pages and provides a good talking point about British interests, but our focus this week is also on Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meeting President Obama in Washington for the first time since the Iran nuclear deal – will there be movement on the two-state solution? The Henry Jackson Society is closely following these and other developments – and is available for comment and analysis on all the weeks’ stories:

Davis Lewin, Deputy Director, on the UK Nuclear Deterrent:
“In a world where nuclear threats are multiplying, Russia is updating its arsenal and talking about using it, Iran is making progress under a sham deal that it won’t keep, and North Korea is as crazy and belligerent as ever, it is hard to disagree with the Chief of the Defence Staff about the necessity of a credible deterrent. General Houghton has to live in the real world, where he is apparently joined by Corbyn’s own Shadow Defence Secretary – and, helpfully by British voters.”

Tom Wilson, Resident Associate Fellow, on Iran:
“Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, has expressed his concerns about Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region. Indeed, the signing of the nuclear agreement appears to have done nothing to pacify Tehran’s aggressively anti-Western stance.”

Dr Andrew Foxall, Director, Russia Studies Centre:
“Russia’s state-controlled media has repeatedly demonstrated its extraordinary capacity to shape public opinion in a way the Kremlin needs, and there’s nothing to suggest that it won’t be able to do this again in the case of Flight 9268. When the Russian government finally accepts that there was likely an attack on the plane, Putin will use it for patriotic mobilisation.”

Hannah Stuart, Research Fellow on Extremism:
Hannah is continuing her work in Islamism-inspired terrorism in the UK and is available to comment on counter-extremism and radicalisation-related issues.

Emily Dyer, Research Fellow on Women’s Rights:
Emily Dyer looks at China’s blatant attempt to silence vocal human rights activist and Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, who is weeks away from being disqualified from participating in Miss World 2015 in China.

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