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Category Archives: Middle East

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October 18, 2017

Saudi scholars to vet teaching of prophet Muhammad to curb extremism

Saudi authorities have taken an “unprecedented” step to tackle Islamic extremism by setting up a council of scholars to vet religious teachings around the world.
A royal order issued this week by King Salman established a global body of elite scholars …

Posted in Extremism, News Coverage, Saudi Arabia
August 21, 2017

Saudi’s Approach to Counter-Extremism: Can the Country Afford to Continue Neglect Women’s Rights?

By Najah Alotaibi
Two recent events have brought Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights into sharp relief. First, Saudi police arrested a young model for wearing an apparently “indecent” outfit while filming a shoot at a cultural site. Her crime? Failing to …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Opinion Editorial, Saudi Arabia
August 17, 2017

The Forgotten Fighters: The PKK in Syria

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, “The Forgotten Foreign Fighters: The PKK in Syria”, has highlighted the urgent need for the government to prevent British citizens joining a violent organisation with a record of war crimes.
We report on how …

Posted in Publication, Spotlight, Syria, The Orton Report, Turkey
August 16, 2017

Turkey’s Role in Syria

The Turkish government has gotten more and more deeply involved in Syria since the uprising began in 2011. But Turkey now finds its original aim, namely the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, unattainable, creating tensions with the Syrian armed opposition, …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Syria, The Orton Report, Turkey
August 11, 2017

Does Qatar Support Extremism? Yes. And So Does Saudi Arabia.

By Tom Wilson
The spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which is accusing Qatar of supporting Islamist extremism and terrorism, remains perplexing. Perplexing not because Qatar is innocent — it has sponsored and hosted far too many jihadists for anyone to …

Posted in CRT Press Release, News Coverage, Opinion Editorial, Saudi Arabia | Tagged , ,
July 21, 2017

The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Working

By Timothy Stafford

In a legally required letter to Speaker Paul Ryan on April 18, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The next day, he told reporters …

Posted in Iran, Opinion Editorial | Tagged , ,
July 19, 2017

How do you solve a problem like Al Jazeera?

By Najah Alotaibi
The idea of a TV channel being forced to close by the collective weight of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries seems abhorrent to any liberal supporter of a free media at first sight. But is there any …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Qatar
July 17, 2017

The Iran deal has been in place for two years, but it’s still not working

By Timothy Stafford
In 2015 the then Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the House of Commons that the agreement the UK and other world powers had reached with Iran meant that “the world can be reassured that all Iranian routes to …

Posted in Iran, News Coverage, Nuclear Weapons, Opinion Editorial
July 5, 2017

Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, “Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK”, has highlighted the need for a public inquiry into the foreign-based funding of Islamist extremism.
We report on a growing body of evidence on the considerable …

Posted in CRT Report, CRT Research, Extremism, Middle East, Publication, Spotlight
March 25, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s web of hate is spreading one of the worst forms of Islam – and this is where it leads

This article originally appeared in The Sun
Its roots lie in the Middle East and its web of hate spreads across the globe. But it is also here in Britain — and growing.
Since Wednesday’s carnage we have learned that 52-year-old Khalid …

Posted in Extremism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia
March 24, 2017

Even if Isis is defeated in Syria and Iraq, its foreign reach has taken on a life of its own

This article originally appeared in the International Business Times 
Just after 2:30pm yesterday afternoon, a terrorist mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before jumping out near Parliament and stabbing a police officer to death. Three people were murdered, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Syria, Terrorism & Security
March 2, 2017

Event Summary: ‘Forbidden Aid: The Case of Israeli Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria’

By Sam Freedman
On Wednesday 1st March the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Dr Nir Boms, Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism, and Issam Zeitoun, an Independent Syrian Opposition figure. Dr Nir Boms started by outlining the current state …

Posted in Event Summaries, Israel, Middle East, Syria
March 1, 2017

Event: ‘Forbidden Aid: The Case of Israeli Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria’

TIME: 15:00 – 16:00, 1st March 2017
VENUE: Tbc
SPEAKERS
Dr Nir Boms
Research Fellow, International Centre for Counter Terrorism
Issam Zeitoun
Independent Syrian Oppositionist
For a transcript of this event click here
In the past five years, Israel has managed an extraordinary effort that has provided over 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid …

Posted in Event, Israel, Syria, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
February 15, 2017

Event Transcript: ‘Israel and Palestine: After Obama, Waiting for Trump’

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Posted in Event Transcript, Israel, Palestine
February 9, 2017

Event: ‘Christianity in the Middle East: Hezbollah and Refugees’

TIME: 9th February, 13:00 – 14:00
VENUE:
Committee Room Two, House of Lords
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER
Dr Naji Emile Hayek
Member of the Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement
For a summary of this event click here
For a full transcript of this event click here
Christians in …

Posted in Event, Lebanon, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
February 1, 2017

Event Summary: ‘Struggling Over Israel’s Soul’

By Talia Jessener
On Tuesday 31st January the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to welcome Major General Elazar Stern MK, a Yesh Atid member of the Israeli Parliament, to speak on Israeli ethics, and to discuss whether Israel can maintain itself …

Posted in Event Summaries, Israel
December 23, 2016

Turkey and The West in Syria: Course Correction

A new report 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 relations with …

Posted in 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’

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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
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