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March 6, 2018

Fears for public after Russian spy is ‘poisoned’ on British street: Double agent who sold secrets to MI6 before being given refuge in UK fights for his life in hospital as officials issue health alert

A Russian colonel who spied for MI6 is critically ill in a British hospital amid fears of a poison plot.
Sergei Skripal, 66, who had recently told police he feared for his life, was rushed to hospital after collapsing on a …

Posted in News Coverage, Russia

Russian spy fights for life after apparent poisoning

London: A Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain is fighting for his life amid suspicions he was poisoned in a shopping centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
Sergei Skripal, 66, was in intensive care after being exposed to a mysterious substance as …

Posted in News Coverage, Russia

Russian spy fighting for life after being ‘poisoned’ by unknown substance in Salisbury

A Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain was fighting for his life last night amid suspicions he was poisoned in a shopping centre in Wiltshire.
Sergei Skripal, 66, was in intensive care after being exposed to a mysterious substance as …

Posted in News Coverage, Russia
February 22, 2018

Britain needs its own Magnitsky rule

Many politicians in Westminster think there is little the UK can do by itself to deter Russia’s aggression. From Ukraine to Syria and from conventional warfare to cyber warfare, the thinking goes, an effective response to the challenges Russia poses …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Russia
February 16, 2018

Is the UK up to the challenges of this volatile age?

Over the past year, Britain’s security and defence policy has been thrust into the limelight. On the one hand, the British government is keen to show its European allies that – irrespective of withdrawal from the EU – the UK will …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
February 14, 2018

Hundreds of young Turkish children jailed alongside their moms as part of a post-coup crackdown

It was a snowy January morning in Istanbul last year when Ayse, a 32-year-old primary school teacher and mother of two, kissed the kids goodbye at school and headed home.
She didn’t make it to her front door before she was …

Posted in News Coverage, Turkey
February 6, 2018

Russia’s Economic Prospects – Modernisation or Stagnation?

A new policy paper published today by The Henry Jackson Society warns that Russia’s reduced economic prospects could lead the Kremlin to adopt a more aggressive foreign policy in the years ahead.
“Russia’s Economic Prospects – Modernisation or Stagnation?”, authored by …

Posted in Publication, Russia, Spotlight
February 2, 2018

Babies of foreign fighters DNA-tested on return to UK

Babies born in ISIL-controlled territory are being DNA-tested to confirm their nationality when they return from Syria with defeated UK extremists, a senior counter-terrorist officer said on Thursday.
Tests were carried out on fewer than five “stateless” babies – normally before …

Posted in News Coverage, United Kingdom
January 26, 2018

Dr Alan Mendoza speaks to Fox Business on whether Trump will improve trade relations with Britain

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, United Kingdom, United States
January 22, 2018

David Davies: Now that we’re leaving the EU, we must also quit the European Arrest Warrant

David Davies is Chair of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, and is MP for Monmouth.
A nation which has no control over who crosses its borders is not a free nation in any sense of the word. Many, perhaps most, of …

Posted in European Union, News Coverage, United Kingdom

Britain can be a power in Asia

Recently the Lowy Institute’s Aaron Connelly argued that there is not much Britain can do in Asia because British power is diminishing. This is unsurprising.
One of the biggest challenges in international relations is ascertaining a given state’s place in the international system. …

Posted in Asia, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
January 15, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn BELITTLES the US as not most important ally – backing EU and China for trade

JEREMY Corbyn belittled the “special relationship” between the US and UK and hinted that if he was elected Prime Minister it would not be more important than the EU and China after he claimed the superpower is not our most …

Posted in News Coverage, United Kingdom

West Midlands police: terrorism duties left no bobbies on beat

West Midlands police suspended neighbourhood policing for a month last year as the force struggled to cope with the heightened risk from terrorism, according to its police and crime commissioner.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, David Jamieson said there …

Posted in News Coverage, United Kingdom

Timothy Stafford speaks to BBC Radio Wales about US-UK Relations

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, United Kingdom, United States
January 12, 2018

Defence secretary ‘horrified’ at military cost-cutting plans that would leave the smallest British army since Napoleonic wars

The defence secretary Gavin Williamson is reportedly “horrified” at the extent of proposed cuts by military chiefs that would see Britain’s army pared back to numbers not seen for two centuries.
 A budget shortfall of around £20bn has forced the hand of the …

Posted in Defence, Global Britain Editorial, News Coverage, United Kingdom
January 3, 2018

From Evropa to Gayropa: A Critical Geopolitics of the European Union as Seen from Russia

The role of geopolitics in European Union (EU) foreign policy has been the focus of much media, political, and scholarly commentary. This literature has interrogated the topic from a number of perspectives, critically exploring, for example, the construction and embodiment …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Russia
December 26, 2017

Europe in 2030: four alternative futures

Europe’s future is not what it used to be. Ever since the global financial crisis broke out nearly a decade ago, Europe has been hit by one crisis after another. There has been a debt crisis, an economic crisis, an …

Posted in European Union, News Coverage, United Kingdom
December 21, 2017

‘Boost our troops’ Calls for Theresa May to build BIGGER army to underpin EURO security

James Rogers, founding member of The Henry Jackson Society and the Director of Global Britain Programme, said increased defence spending will help underpin European security.
He called for Britain to increase spending to at least three per cent of its GDP …

Posted in Defence, News Coverage, United Kingdom
December 20, 2017

Social media companies accused of ‘radicalising and grooming’ users with algorithms

Internet giants have been accused of aiding terrorist groups by letting their own algorithms radicalise people and draw them into a “bubble of hate”.
The chair of the Home Affairs Committee warned representatives from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that police were …

Posted in Extremism, News Coverage, Technology, United Kingdom
December 15, 2017

Looking to create a ‘Global Britain’? Japan and the Royal Navy might hold the answer

The image of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson shaking hands with their Japanese counterparts, Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera in the National Maritime Museum yesterday was heavy in symbolism.
Taking place in Greenwich, …

Posted in Japan, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom

The rest of the EU is in debt to the UK when it comes to the defence of Europe

At the end of the Second World War, the situation on the continent was bleak: European civilisation – or what was left of it – was profoundly disturbed and razed almost wholly to the ground. Germany was in abject desolation, …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom

Britain deserves respect in the Brexit talks given how much it has done to keep Europe safe

By James Rogers
On Tuesday, Philippe Lamberts, the Greens’ representative on the British withdrawal steering group in the European Parliament, denounced the UK as a “gangster”. A few weeks before, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s lead negotiator on Britain’s withdrawal, also fired a …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
December 13, 2017

Report: UK ‘Foots the Bill’ for European Defence, EU has Shortchanged NATO by £338 Billion

Britain has supplemented European Union (EU) defence spending by hundreds of billions over five years, as fellow member states short-changed the NATO defence alliance by £338billion, new research shows.
Spending around £214billion since 2012, the UK accounts for just under a …

Posted in Defence, News Coverage, United Kingdom

UK BAIL OUT Britain propped up Europe’s defence after other EU states short-changed Nato by £338billion

BRITAIN is propping up Europe’s defence after it emerged other EU states short-changed NATO by an eye-watering £338billion over the last five years.
A new report reveals the UK now accounts for almost a third of all defence spending across the …

Posted in Defence, News Coverage, United Kingdom

UK props up EU’s defence with £17bn as Germany, Italy and France fail to meet NATO targets

It says member states “shortchanged” their own defence by nearly £340 billion between 2012 and 2016.
But the UK has propped up the protection of Europe by £17billion over the same period, according to the Henry Jackson Society think-tank.
Its report, What …

Posted in Defence, News Coverage, United Kingdom
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