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February 23, 2017

A Governor Who Loves to Spend

The best way to bankrupt a region: the example of Samara and Mordovia.
Governor Nikolai Merkushkin has been head of Samara Province for four years now, and for 17 years before that he was in charge of neighbouring Mordovia. This is …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations
February 3, 2017

The Syrian Nemesis

Almost thirty five years ago,the Soviet Union got into a war in Syria on the side of Hafezal-Assad, the Syrian ruler and the father of the present leader, with results disastrous for the USSR.
In June 1982, the Israeli Air Force …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations
January 23, 2017

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 Policy Paper, Turkey
January 11, 2017

Under the Aegis of the Foreign Ministry

Six months ago, Andrey Piontkovsky, in the course one of our conversations, came up with an unexpected hypothesis: that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had ‘spoiled’ Putin. Russian diplomats, in the political analyst’s opinion, are behind Putin’s anti-Americanism and anti-Westernism and, …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Spotlight
January 5, 2017

Age of Delirium

Not long ago, American scientists once again turned their attention to the case of Phineas P. Gage, whose strange fate raised the possibility that the brain contains a “moral center.”
On September 13, 1848, Gage, a 25-year-old construction foreman for the …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Spotlight
January 4, 2017

Fighting Corruption with Con Tricks: Romania’s Assault on the Rule of Law

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, Fighting Corruption with Con Tricks: Romania’s Assault on the Rule of Law, has found that Romanian politicians are engaged in political score-settling and serious violations of human rights which are dressed up …

Posted in Report
December 19, 2016

The Empire of the Presumption of Guilt: How cases are fabricated against the innocent

Russian courts of general jurisdiction acquit in fewer than 1% of cases. In Europe the average figure is around 10%. This does not indicate that the Russian law enforcement system is operating more efficiently than that of the West, just …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, Spotlight
October 26, 2016

Putin’s Useful Idiots: Britain’s Left, Right and Russia

The latest policy paper from The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society documents how individuals and organisations across the British political spectrum have  established connections with their counterparts in Russia, many of which are funded or supported by …

Posted in Policy Paper, RSC Policy Paper, Russia
October 13, 2016

Egypt, Hamas and Islamic State’s Sinai Province

The latest policy paper from the Henry Jackson Society’s Centre from the New Middle East highlights the enduring threat posed by Islamic State’s Sinai province. As this paper reveals, with assistance from Hamas’s military wing in Gaza, Islamic State militants …

Posted in Egypt, ISIS, Policy Paper
October 5, 2016

New HJS Research Identifies Organised Campaign to Undermine the Prevent Strategy

A new policy paper from the Henry Jackson Society, Myths and Misunderstandings: Understanding Opposition to The Prevent Strategy, examines the campaign against the Prevent strategy, the government’s counter-radicalisation policy, highlighting the spread of misinformation designed to undermine the strategy.
The ‘Prevent’ …

Posted in CRT Policy Paper, Policy Paper
September 15, 2016

An Enduring Threat: Europe’s Islamist Terror Networks Then and Now

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 Highlight, CRT Report, Report, Spotlight
August 11, 2016

An Alternative to the French Peace Initiative: A way forward for Israel and its Arab neighbours

Read the policy paper here
The paper’s key observations include:
•    The French proposal risks sidelining the importance of direct negotiations, and at the same time repeating policy errors which are likely to exacerbate tensions further.
•    Washington has signalled its reservations about …

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Policy Paper
July 29, 2016

Profiles of Islamic State Leaders

The Henry Jackson Society has released a report which provides the most comprehensive compilation yet of what is known about the Islamic State’s leadership. The report provides detailed profiles and biographical details of the key figures within the caliphate’s government, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Report, Syria
July 14, 2016

The Iran Deal a Year On: Assessing Iranian Ambitions

LONDON – 14 JULY 2016
On the anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran, a new publication – The Iran Deal a Year On: Assessing Iranian Ambitions – by The Henry Jackson Society …

Posted in Iran, Report
June 17, 2016

How the Iran Entente Caused the Syria Crisis

In the last few years, the United States has resolved to reduce its “footprint” in the Middle East, and has conceived of détente with Iran as the means of accomplishing this. If the Islamic Republic could be drawn into the …

Posted in CRT Report, Iran, Report, Spotlight, Syria
May 25, 2016

Putin’s Cyberwarfare: Russia’s Statecraft in the Fifth Domain

LONDON – 24th May 2016 
A report published today by The Henry Jackson Society reveals the increasing threat to the West from Russia of cyber-attacks.
The paper, entitled “Putin’s Cyberwarfare: Russia’s Statecraft in the Fifth Domain”, highlights that, over recent years, hackers …

Posted in Defence, Press Release, Report, RSC Report, Russia, Spotlight, Technology
May 17, 2016

Sergey Chemezov’s “Russian Vacuum Cleaner”

‘Putin’s cronies’ tend to be in the news over their ‘immoderate lifestyles’, the shock revelations being usually about palaces, villas, land holdings, yacht collections, vintage car fleets, fur coat depositories, offshore accounts and multi-billion dollar fortunes (all, no doubt, acquired …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre

An Eyewitness Account of Events in Odessa on 2 May 2014

On 2 May 2014, I reported live to an audience of some one million viewers. Just after 11 o’clock that night, I left the blackened Trade Union House with a clear sense that a terrible tragedy had taken place, and …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre

Confronting Human Rights Abuses in the Palestinian Authority: An Essential Step for Progress in the Region

LONDON – 17 MAY 2016
Today The Henry Jackson Society launches an important new study by Palestinian human rights advocate Bassem Eid, detailing the extensive and serious range of abuses of human rights and civil liberties that have been committed by the Palestinian …

Posted in Israel, Israel/Palestine, Palestine, Press Release, Report
May 11, 2016

HJS Welcomes New Associate Fellow Dr Matthew Levitt and New Policy Paper ‘From Tehran’s Twilight Zone’

LONDON – 11 MAY 2016
We are delighted to announce that Dr Mathew Levitt will be joining the Centre for the New Middle East at the Henry Jackson Society as an Associate Fellow. A former deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and …

Posted in Iran, Policy Paper, Press Release, Spotlight

Degrees of Risk

Conflict with the government in power is never-ending. The less a regime is beholden to the community, the more grounds there will be for conflict. There have been variations. At one time, when there were tsars and nobles, popular discontent …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
May 10, 2016

A Model External Speaker Policy: Assessing the Risks Posed by External Speakers On-campus

LONDON – 10 MAY 2016
The government has repeatedly highlighted the threat posed by extremists seeking to use the UK’s university campuses to spread their views, and has rightly made ensuring these speakers face robust challenge a priority.
As a result, The …

Posted in Briefing, Extremism, Press Release, Spotlight, United Kingdom
May 6, 2016

Space Exploration – Russian Style

Here a failure at the launch of a carrier rocket, there a satellite lost in orbit… What has happened to Russia’s space industry?
The chief spokesman on space is Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who has a degree in journalism from …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Technology
April 11, 2016

Towards A Coherent Western Policy On The Syrian War

Read the interactive policy paper here. 

The five-year, continuing civil war in Syria is the greatest crisis to have hit the Levant since World War II. According to recent figures released by the Damascus-based Syrian Center for Policy Research, up to …

Posted in ISIS, Policy Paper, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Syria, Terrorism & Security
March 2, 2016

Gaydamak’s Empire and Prison

The latest episode in Gaydamak’s story occurred in November 2015, when he gave himself up to the gendarmerie in the Île-de-France, the region in which Paris is located, and was taken into custody.
“My client is embarking on a new stage …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
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