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November 24, 2016

Conviction of Neo-Nazi Extremist, Thomas Mair, Highlights Necessity of Prevent Strategy

The brutal murder of Jo Cox last June was a tragic reminder of the danger posed by the far-right, and highlights the importance of a counter-radicalisation strategy that deals with all forms of extremism.
The assassination of the Labour MP, Jo …

Posted in CRT Press Release, Press Release
November 21, 2016

Britain Must Invest in Naval Defences as Part of New Global Role

The Defence Select Committee has just released a report which warns that the UK is “woefully low” on warships. As Britain seeks a new role in the world it is imperative that naval capability is maintained.
Members of Parliament have said …

Posted in Press Release
November 18, 2016

Obama Farewell Tour Masks Deterioration of Transatlantic Relations During his Presidency

Europeans would do well to remember that the Trump Presidency represents an opportunity rather than threat given President Obama’s disinterest for Europe during the past 8 years

Under Obama’s presidency the world has become significantly more dangerous. The decision not to …

Posted in Press Release
November 14, 2016

EU Foreign Ministers Urged to Show Mature Attitude to US Changes

Leading transatlantic thinktank calls for 2% defence budget commitment ‎to safeguard European-US relationship
Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, and EU leaders need to adjust to this reality. In particular they must ensure that America remains bound …

Posted in Press Release
November 11, 2016

Trump’s Mature Performances so far and Friendliness to UK Justify UK Government’s Welcoming Approach his Presidency

Thus far Trump has made good on his earlier promises to behave differently after winning the election. Like it or not we have to engage with the president of the world’s most important country. It is better for everyone if …

Posted in Press Release
November 10, 2016

Western Leaders Should Allow Trump the Chance to Govern

A failure by some Western leaders, notably Chancellor Merkel, to welcome the new President appropriately risks driving him into the arms of those like Vladimir Putin whose interests are antithetical to our own. They should learn from the example of …

Posted in Press Release
November 9, 2016

Trump Victory Represents Opportunity not Crisis for UK Foreign Policy and Should be Seen as Repudiation of Obama’s Weakness

While Donald Trump’s Presidency will undoubtedly have many far reaching geopolitical consequences, the actual nature of his foreign policy remains undefined. There is therefore a window of opportunity for the UK to influence US objectives over the coming years, after …

Posted in Press Release
November 7, 2016

Foreign Affairs Committee Whitewashes Muslim Brotherhood’s Activities

The Government’s review into the Muslim Brotherhood found that the group has “openly incubated and sustained an organisation – Hamas – whose military wing has been proscribed in the UK” and defended Hamas attacks in Israel. It is shocking to …

Posted in Press Release
November 2, 2016

The Real Battle for Mosul is now Imminent

Iraqi special forces have broken the front line in Mosul, but the battle’s next phase will be the most dangerous; Islamic State will have heavily fortified the main city, and the risk of the Coalition fracturing along sectarian lines will …

Posted in Press Release
October 27, 2016

Islamic State Attempts to Accentuate Coalition Disunity by Protracting Battle for Mosul

As Coalition forces advance on Mosul Islamic State launch counterattacks in an attempt to prolong the fighting so that the factions within the Coalition turn on one another.
Despite the gains made by Coalition forces in their advance on Mosul, Islamic …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Press Release
October 26, 2016

Putin’s Russia linked to the Left and Right in Britain, New Paper Shows

Individuals and organisations across the British political spectrum have over recent years established connections with their counterparts in Russia, many of which are funded or supported by the Kremlin to undermine the West.
In the UK, a variety of individuals, …

Posted in CRT Press Release, Press Release, Russia
October 20, 2016

“Community Leaders” Not Fit for Purpose to Run Counter-extremism Programs

Claims the Muslim Council of Britain plans to set up an alternative to the government’s counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, are deeply worrying. Such a scheme risks repeating past mistakes, placing vital work in the hands of unaccountable and inappropriate individuals.
Reports today …

Posted in CRT Press Release, Press Release

Today’s European Diplomatic Meetings Must Lead to Western Unity in the Face of Russian Military Offensive

Today the European Council meets to discuss EU policy towards Russia and Ukraine’s President Poroshenko will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. These discussions must see the West remain resolute in the face of Russian aggression as President Putin …

Posted in Press Release, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
October 19, 2016

Ecuador Justified in Preventing Julian Assange’s Attempts to Subvert U.S. Democracy with Stolen Material

The restrictions placed by the Ecuadorian Embassy on Julian Assange’s internet access are entirely reasonable because of his repeated willingness to distribute stolen material.
 Mr Assange has a long track record of stealing and distributing information, peddling conspiracy theories, and casting …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Global, Press Release, United Kingdom, United States | Tagged

Early Gains in Assault on Mosul Should Not be Seen as Foreshadowing an Easy Victory

The preliminary part of the assault on Mosul has proceeded well, which is to be welcomed. Nevertheless Islamic State are likely to have concentrated their defensive capacity on the city itself. We may not be in a position to gage …

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Press Release | Tagged , ,
October 17, 2016

Mosul’s Liberation is Just the Beginning of a Dangerous New Phase in the Conflict

While Islamic State’s removal from power in Mosul is obviously necessary, the different forces operating against them may become rivals in the aftermath. It is far from clear that Islamic State will lose the capacity to operate clandestinely within and …

Posted in ISIS, Press Release
October 11, 2016

Emergency Aleppo Debate in Parliament will Achieve Little Unless Backed by Strong Actions

Henry Jackson Society Director calls on MPs to follow up words on Syria with support for humanitarian safe zone
Later today the House of Commons will hold an emergency debate on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Aleppo. In recent weeks there …

Posted in Press Release
September 15, 2016

Major New Study Shows Islamic State’s European Terrorist Networks connected to former al-Qaeda Operatives Known to the Authorities

The Henry Jackson Society’s new study demonstrates clear continuity between old al-Qaeda networks and current Islamic State cells, with overlapping personnel and similar backgrounds. It raises questions about whether such similarities could have helped identify the development of the new …

Posted in CRT Press Release, Press Release, Terrorism & Security
August 10, 2016

Russian Military Edge Over UK is Dangerous and Should be Addressed

Russian willingness to invest heavily in military capability necessitates improvements in British defence capacity.
A leaked report covered in The Times indicates that Russia has acquired a significant military edge over the UK. This state of affairs was inevitable; Russia, in …

Posted in CRT Press Release, Press Release
August 9, 2016

Religiously Motivated Crimes Such as the Murder of Asad Shah Require Appropriate Punishment

The Henry Jackson Society welcomes life imprisonment for Tanveer Ahmed, Asad Shah’s killer.
Asad Shah was killed because his murderer held a fundamentalist Islamist ideology which demanded death as the punishment for blasphemy, which Mr Ahmed believed Mr Shah to have …

Posted in Press Release
July 29, 2016

Report Covering Islamic State Leadership Demonstrates So-called ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacks are part of a Cohesive Strategy

Leading Security Think-Tank Releases Comprehensive Compilation of Islamic State Leadership Demonstrating that So-called ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacks are part of a Cohesive Strategy
Report indicates Islamic State leadership has far more direct control over terrorist activity within Europe than has been widely …

Posted in ISIS, Press Release
July 28, 2016

Despite Split from al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Remains Threat to Syrian Population, and to the West

The split will enable al-Nusra’s propaganda machine, and will not make it any easier to challenge the terrorist organisation
Jabhat al-Nusra, a major Islamist faction fighting on the ground in Syria just announced a split with al-Qaeda. Within Syria this move …

Posted in Islamism, Press Release, Syria, Terrorism & Security
July 26, 2016

Rouen ISIS Attack Shows Terrorists Will Continue to Adapt Tactics to Carry Out Murderous Intentions

Our response needs to change from security alone to combating ideological menace of Radical Islam
The events in the church in Rouen are now being reported as yet another Islamist attack in Europe. This is not the first instance of churches …

Posted in Press Release
July 16, 2016

Failed Coup Will Damage Turkish Democracy

Legitimate concerns about President Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism and Islamisation could never have been resolved by undemocratic means
In spite of rising authoritarianism in the Turkish state driven by Erdogan over recent years, this coup could not be justified. Erdogan is a …

Posted in Press Release, Turkey
July 14, 2016

One Year On, Flawed Iran Deal Sees Human Rights, Regional Security Deteriorate

LONDON – 14th July 2016
New HJS publication examines key areas where the Iran Deal has failed to live up to its objectives
On the anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran, a new …

Posted in Iran, Press Release
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