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Category Archives: Middle East

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December 23, 2016

Turkey and The West in Syria: Course Correction

A new policy paper from The Henry Jackson Society, Turkey and The West in Syria: Course Correction, argues that Western policy towards Turkey must change in light of the nature of Turkish involvement in Syria. Having initially attempted to improve …

Posted in CRT Policy Paper, Syria, Turkey
December 18, 2016

‘5 YEARS of attacks on Britain’ as ISIS and al-Qaida fired up from Aleppo

Originally published by the Daily Express
Fighting has ended in the besieged city reclaimed by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and ISIS militants face catastrophic defeat in Mosul.
But ideas that the wave of terror striking fear across Europe is about to come …

Posted in ISIS, News Coverage, Syria
December 17, 2016

Civilians fleeing Aleppo are already being recruited to join gangs of local jihadi extremists linked to al-Qaeda

Originally published by Daily Mail
Men fleeing Aleppo risk recruitment by jihadi groups operating in northern Syria, where an al-Qaeda-linked group has its main hub.
Civilians fleeing Aleppo are moving to Idlib province, where there are more than 50,000 rebel troops, including …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
December 8, 2016

Will Boris Johnson’s Saudi comments hurt the UK’s Gulf trade charm offensive?

Originally published by City A.M
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson‘s attack on Saudi Arabia runs the risk of harming UK efforts to build trading relations with Gulf states, experts say.
In remarks reported earlier this week, Johnson accused the Saudi regime of “twisting” …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom
December 7, 2016

Event Transcript: ‘Gulf Foreign Aid and Military Intervention in a Time of Fiscal Austerity’

DATE: Thursday 17th November 2016, 12:30 – 13:30
VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: Dr. Karen E. Young, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington
 
Lord Kilclooney:
My name is John Kilclooney. I am an independent cross-bencher, …

Posted in Event Transcript, Middle East
December 5, 2016

Event Summary: ‘Refuting Balfour’s Detractors’

By Talia Jessener
On Tuesday 29th November the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to welcome an esteemed panel of speakers to discuss how best to defend the Balfour Declaration to detractors and apologists. The significance of this document could not have …

Posted in Event Summaries, Israel, Spotlight
December 3, 2016

Syria rebels vow to adopt guerrilla tactics as Assad forces seize two thirds of east Aleppo

Originally published by the Telegraph.
Faced with almost certain defeat in the city of Aleppo, Syrian rebel groups have promised to continue their war by adopting the guerrilla tactics of assassinations, armed raids and roadside bombs.
The four-year battle for control of …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
December 1, 2016

Event Summary: Curricula in the Middle East

By Michael Hartfield
On Monday 28th November the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to host Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak and Marcus Sheff, to discuss curricula in the Middle East. Both speakers gave an insightful discussion on the importance of curricula, as textbooks …

Posted in Event Summaries, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Spotlight, Turkey

Event Summary: ‘The Middle East Predicament’

By Talia Jessener
On Thursday 24th November the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to welcome Dr Daniel Schueftan, Director of Security Studies at the University of Haifa, to give his views on the predicament that is the Middle East.  However, perhaps …

Posted in Event Summaries, Middle East, Spotlight
November 29, 2016

Audio: ‘Refuting Balfour’s Detractors’

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Posted in Event Audio, Israel, Middle East, Palestine

What can we expect after the fall of Aleppo?

Originally posted by TRT World
The pro-Assad coalition in Syria has conquered more than a third of the rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo City, the last urban stronghold of the mainstream armed opposition. Without significant external assistance, it is difficult to …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Russia, Syria

Event: ‘Refuting Balfour’s Detractors’

DATE: Tuesday 29th November 2016,16:30 – 18:00,
VENUE: Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKERS: Greetings and opening remarks by Ambassador Mark Regev Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James
Panelists:
Ambassador Dore Gold, former Director General, …

Posted in Event, Israel, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
November 28, 2016

Audio: ‘Curricula in the Middle East’

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Posted in Event Audio, Middle East

Event: ‘Curricula in the Middle East’

TIME: Monday 28th November 2016,13:00 – 14:00
VENUE: Committee Room 19, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 1AA
SPEAKERS
Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, Tel Aviv University
Marcus Sheff, CEO, IMPACT
For a summary of this event click here
For a full transcript of this …

Posted in Event, Middle East, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
November 25, 2016

Foreign fighters for statelets: From Kurdistan to the ‘Caliphate’

Originally posted by the New Arab
Much is made of the foreign fighters who flock to join the “caliphate” Islamic State (IS) claims to have established in Iraq and Syria.
Although many foreign fighters are from Middle Eastern and North African countries, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
November 24, 2016

Event: ‘The Middle East Predicament’

Date: Thursday 24th November 2016, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Committee Room Three, Houses of Parliament, House of Lords, SW1A 0AA
Speaker: Dr Daniel Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Centre at the University of Haifa
For a summary of this event …

Posted in Event, Middle East, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
November 21, 2016

Event Summary: ‘Gulf Foreign Aid and Military Intervention in a Time of Fiscal Austerity’

By Talia Jessener
On Thursday 17th November the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to welcome Dr Karen Young, a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, to talk about recent changes to the power dynamic of the Gulf Region.  …

Posted in Event Summaries, Middle East
November 17, 2016

Event: ‘Gulf Foreign Aid and Military Intervention in a Time of Fiscal Austerity’

DATE: Thursday 17th November 2016, 12:30 – 13:30
VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: Dr. Karen E. Young, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington
To see a summary of this event click here
To see a …

Posted in Event, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
November 12, 2016

Russian warships arrive off Syrian coast ahead of ‘final’ assault on Aleppo

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY THE TELEGRAPH:
A flotilla of Russian warships arrived off the coast of Syria on Saturday, readying for a large-scale land and sea assault on the city of Aleppo.

“Moscow clearly intends this as a message to the West – …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Russia, Syria
October 30, 2016

Saddam and the Islamic State: family connections

Originally posted by The New Arab
Earlier this week on Tuesday, the Kirkuk police department announced that a cousin of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been arrested south of the city on charges of participating in recent attacks launched in the province …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, News Coverage
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 21, 2016

Event Summary: ‘Power Dynamics in the Middle East: The Ever-Changing Constellation’

By: Alexis David
On Thursday 20th October, the Henry Jackson Society welcomed General Yosef Kuperwasser, a former senior officer in Israeli military intelligence, to comment on the modern power dynamics of the Middle East.
Kuperwasser began by explaining tensions within Islam, shedding …

Posted in Event Summaries, Middle East
October 20, 2016

When It Comes To Antisemitism, The NUS Just Doesn’t Get It

By Elliot Miller
Originally published by Huffington Post

With the release of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s (HASC) much publicised report concerning antisemitism in the UK, campus tensions facing Jewish students have once more become a pressing issue of public discourse.

Amid the general …

Posted in Israel, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
October 19, 2016

What happens if Islamic State flees Iraq?

Originally published by The Week
The EU’s security commissioner has warned of the threat to Europe posed by Islamic State militants fleeing Mosul.

Kyle Orton, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, believes the group is deliberately giving up its caliphate.

Read full …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Defence, Europe, European Union, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey

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 , ,
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