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Category Archives: The Scoop

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March 17, 2016

The Children of Islamic State: Douglas Murray on BBC 3 Counties Radio

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, ISIS, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
July 22, 2013

Moscow’s Mayoral Election will decide the Fate of the Russian Opposition

The Moscow mayoral election, to be held this September 2013, is a critical turning point for the Russian opposition and will decide its fate. It is not a matter of winning over Moscow; chances are slim that an opposition leader …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Spotlight, The Scoop, The Square
June 28, 2013

Snowden in Russia: The Kremlin Accuses Washington of Human Rights Abuse

Days after Washington officially charged Edward Snowden with espionage; the former CIA contractor flew out of Hong Kong for Moscow. His departure follows mounting US pressure for China to act quickly and while Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
January 14, 2013

Egypt and FGM

During his presidential election campaign, Mohamed Morsi gave a solemn promise to protect the rights of women and include them in decision making. Many of us were not surprised, however, when his Islamist parliamentarians created a charter with rhetoric that …

Posted in Content, Egypt, Human Rights, Islamism, Middle East, Spotlight, The Scoop
January 10, 2013

What’s Next for the Russian Opposition?

 2012 began with a bang for the Russian opposition, with crowds of up to 100,000 taking to the streets of Moscow to protest the widely reported electoral fraud in the 2011 Duma elections, demanding a recall and the introduction of …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
January 8, 2013

Don’t Let the Paramilitaries Hijack the Debate in East Belfast

In the wake of the first council meeting of the New Year, the city of Belfast is today once again counting the cost of a night of destructive rioting in the estates to its east, the fifth consecutive night in which violence …

Posted in Northern Ireland, Spotlight, The Scoop
January 7, 2013

Faith in the Public Sphere: No right to rest on the Sabbath, employment tribunal rules

A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal just before the New Year stated that Christians have no right to refuse working on a Sunday because respecting the Sabbath is not a “core component” of their religion.
Mr Justice Langstaff agreed with …

Posted in The Scoop, United Kingdom | Tagged
November 26, 2012

A new Pharaoh? Morsi and the breakdown of the Egyptian revolution

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Clarissa Perkins
In a radical move, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt extended his powers last Thursday, ruling that “no authority can revoke presidential decisions.” This essentially transformed this democratically-elected president into a dictator. …

Posted in The Scoop
November 22, 2012

Celebrities, dissidents pay tribute to Magnitsky

On Tuesday night, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, activist Bianca Jagger and legendary dissident Vladimir Bukowski joined Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder in paying tribute to Sergei Magnitsky, the anti-corruption attorney killed in prison three years ago.
The panel gathered to attend …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
November 20, 2012

Saudi women’s rights: reforms have not gone far enough

Guest post by Henry Jackson Communications Assistant Rosanna Rafel
Since King Abdullah came to power in Saudi Arabia in 2005, his moves towards reform, particularly for women, have been closely monitored. David Cameron visited Dubai in early November 2012 to secure …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
November 16, 2012

Israel and Gaza: the status quo ante is not an option

Israel is now involved in conflict on almost every front.  Last week there was an exchange of fire across the Israeli-Syrian border for the first time since the end of the Yom Kippur war in 1973.  In the south, the …

Posted in Israel, Israel/Palestine, Palestine, Spotlight, The Scoop
November 15, 2012

A change in Chinese leadership: Global Implications

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Emma Pike
This morning saw the official announcement of China’s new leadership, with Xi Jinping confirmed as Communist Party chief for the next ten years. He will be joined by six other …

Posted in China, The Scoop
November 5, 2012

Intervention in Mali: High stakes for Algeria

On the 29thof October, the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visited Algeria and met with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in order to push for an African-led military intervention in northern Mali.
Algerian participation is essential. Not only has Algeria fought a …

Posted in Africa, The Scoop
October 26, 2012

Mali’s Islamist rebels and the need for an Ecowas intervention

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Clarissa Perkins 
In recent years, Islamists in the north of Mali have gained power at an alarming rate. The ancient city of Timbuktu has been controlled by Islamist rebels, reportedly supported by Al …

Posted in Africa, The Scoop
October 25, 2012

China cannot afford to escalate its territorial dispute with Japan

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Emma Pike
This morning, Chinese naval ships were spotted once again near the disputed Senkaku islands off the coast of Japan. Ownership of the islands – known in China as Diaoyu – …

Posted in China, Japan, The Scoop
October 22, 2012

Key questions remain unanswered by Burma’s party leaders

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Emma Pike
Last week’s re-appointment of president Thein Sein as head of Burma’s ruling USDP party raises a number of questions about Burma’s future trajectory. Some party members have lost confidence in Thein …

Posted in Burma, The Scoop
October 16, 2012

The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize: In recognition of the EU’s contributions to the spread of democracy

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Jennifer Falkenhorst
Having received the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when its visions are under scrutiny, the EU is a deserving recipient due to its great democratic past achievements, the opportunities it …

Posted in Europe, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, The Scoop
October 9, 2012

Fears of home-grown terrorism on the rise in France

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Charlotte Le Masson
On Saturday, the 6th of October, the French security services arrested 10 suspects and killed a man in a counter-terrorism raid in Paris, Strasbourg, Cannes and Nice. The police found 27,000 Euros, jihadist …

Posted in France, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
October 8, 2012

Border Security: Implications for the Ivory Coast

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Clarissa Perkins
Land and maritime borders between Ghana and the Ivory Coast reopened this morning after they were closed on Friday 21 September due to a bout of violence. Supporters of former Ivorian …

Posted in Africa, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
October 1, 2012

How the US squandered its influence in Iraq

A new book, parts of which were adapted into an article published in The New York Times last week, charts how the US fudged its departure from Iraq almost as badly as it did its entrance. The embarrassing disclosures contained …

Posted in Iraq, The Scoop
September 28, 2012

Policy and Innovation in the UK

A new book has recently been published by the authors of Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, Robert E. Litan and Carl J. Schramm. Their new work, Better Capitalism: Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy builds on their concern with …

Posted in The Scoop
September 26, 2012

How useful is aid in Yemen?

President Hadi recently departed Yemen to undertake a foreign tour, meeting key allies and Western leaders. President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron both recently met Hadi, as did the Jordanian King.
Top of the list of any discussion between the U.S. …

Posted in The Scoop, Yemen
September 25, 2012

Azerbaijan and Iran: The unknown equation

A guest post by Research Assistant Jamila Mammadova
As the political upheavals throughout the Middle East and North Africa continue to redraw the map in terms of geopolitical and sectarian calculus, oil-rich Azerbaijan stands to be perhaps the most …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
September 20, 2012

As Litvinenko inquest date is set, former head prosecutor charges “state-directed execution”

Today brought important developments in the ongoing search for justice for Alexander Litvinenko, the FSB-agent-turned dissident murdered by radioactive poisoning in London almost six years ago.
It was announced that the inquest would begin in 2013 at a preliminary hearing held …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
September 19, 2012

Lessons we learned from the protests

Last week’s protests in front of the American embassies in Cairo, San’a, Tunis, Amman, and in other European capitals clearly indicate that:
a)  the new governments run by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya were caught in the middle – …

Posted in Egypt, Libya, The Scoop, Tunisia
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