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July 11, 2017

Understanding CONTEST: The Foundation and the Future

CONTEST, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, was made publicly available in 2006, and revisions followed in 2009 and 2011. It is split into four work streams – Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare.
In light of the recent attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London …

Posted in Briefing, CRT Briefing, CRT Research
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
September 8, 2015

The Legal Basis for Targeted Airstrikes Against Islamic State’s British Citizens

On 7 September, Prime Minister David Cameron informed the House of Commons that the Royal Air Force had carried out a precision drone strike which killed Reyaad Khan, a 21 year old British citizen. The strike took place in the …

Posted in Briefing, CRT Briefing, CRT News Coverage, ISIS, Islamism, Religious Fundamentalism
April 9, 2015

The Iran Nuclear Framework Proposals

At this crucial juncture in Western diplomacy with Iran’s Islamic regime, a timely new HJS briefing shows that it is misleading to speak of a single framework that came out of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations concluded on 2 April. Since …

Posted in Briefing, Defence, European Union, Iran, Islamism, Middle East, Nuclear Weapons, Spotlight
February 9, 2015

Britain’s Last Guantánamo Detainee: Who is Shaker Aamer?

Britain’s Last Guantánamo Detainee: Who is Shaker Aamer? follows the news that the British government is lobbying for Saudi-born Aamer’s return to the United Kingdom.  Aamer will be eligible for a payout thought to be worth approximately £1,000,000 on his return, as …

Posted in Briefing, CRT Briefing, CRT Highlight, Defence, Extremism, Islamism, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom, United States
January 22, 2015

The First 100 Days of the UK’s Campaign Against the Islamic State

The First 100 Days of the UK’s Campaign Against The Islamic State, launched as foreign ministers from 22 countries committed to fighting the Islamic State (IS) convened in London, examines the volume of the UK’s military activity since its first …

Posted in Briefing, CRT Briefing, Defence, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, War in Iraq
November 17, 2014

Banking Restrictions on Extremism-Linked Muslim Groups

As part of our ongoing examination of factors enabling extremists’ abuse of civic space, HJS’ Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism published a briefing titled: Banking Restrictions on Extremism-Linked Muslim Groups. The briefing investigates charities and groups to …

Posted in Briefing, CRT Briefing, CRT Highlight, CRT Research, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
September 4, 2014

Understanding The Islamic State

Following reports that up to 500 UK citizens are fighting abroad in Syria and Iraq, the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism (CRT) at The Henry Jackson Society released the the briefing Understanding The Islamic State. The briefing addresses the …

Posted in Briefing, CRT Briefing, CRT Research, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Spotlight, Syria, Terrorism & Security
July 31, 2014

Endgame in Gaza: Conditions for ending Operation Protective Edge

A Strategic Briefing by The Henry Jackson Society
Israel has warned of a prolonged campaign against Hamas tunnels, and Israeli bombardment this week was among the heaviest of the conflict thus far. Hamas rejected Egypt’s initial ceasefire proposal, …

Posted in Briefing, Israel, Palestine, Spotlight
July 3, 2014

Iraq: What Now?

An Assessment by The Henry Jackson Society
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is an al-Qaeda offshoot which now controls a state the size of Jordan, spanning eastern Syria and northern Iraq. On 29 June, it declared this territory …

Posted in Briefing, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Terrorism & Security
July 2, 2014

Deterring Terror Tactics: Israel’s Kidnap Problem

A Strategic Briefing by The Henry Jackson Society
Israel’s Strategic and Political Context
Israel is facing an adversary that has proven extremely capable, displayed a total disregard for human rights and the laws of war and is pursuing asymmetric warfare utilising the …

Posted in Briefing, Israel, Terrorism & Security
June 9, 2014

Terrorism in Nigeria: The Threat from Boko Haram and Ansaru

In light of the massacre of upwards of 500 people by Boko Haram in Nigeria on 3 June 2014, following the kidnapping of 329 girls in Chibok, Nigeria on 14 April 2014, the latest strategic briefing from The Henry Jackson …

Posted in Boko Haram, Briefing, Nigeria, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight
May 30, 2014

American Links to Jihadist Combat Abroad

American Links to Jihadist Combat Abroad is available to download here.
Following the May 25th suicide attack in Syria’s northern province of Idlib by American citizen Abu Huraira al-Amriki, The Henry Jackson Society has released a strategic briefing outlining terrorist activities carried out …

Posted in Briefing, Spotlight, Syria
March 11, 2014

Ukraine in Crisis: An Assessment by The Henry Jackson Society

A PDF of this strategic briefing is available to download.
Ukraine is in crisis. Protests that initially began in November 2013 in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn his back on an Associate Agreement with the European Union, led …

Posted in Briefing, Publication, RSC Briefing, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Spotlight
November 20, 2012

Operation Pillar of Defense – An assessment of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas

With Hamas-Israel hostilities now well into their seventh day, it’s worth analyzing the political and military conditions that led to this latest outbreak in warfare, what’s different about this campaign from previous ones, and what the likelihood is for an …

Posted in Briefing, Israel, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Palestine, Spotlight
November 8, 2012

Ignoring the Warning Lights on Hezbollah: The Case for a European Ban on Hezbollah

Twenty-nine years ago, on October 23, 1983, Hezbollah blew up the U.S. Marines and French army barracks in Beirut, both compounds under the aegis of the Multinational Force sent to Lebanon as peacekeepers to …

Posted in Briefing, Europe, Lebanon, Spotlight
August 16, 2012

Syrians, Christians and Russia

Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, Christian leaders have been divided over whether to support Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime. Historically the Christian community (mainly those affiliated with the Orthodox Church) have enjoyed certain privileges and protections from Assad’s secular-leaning regime, serving in important security, economic and political positions. Whilst Christians were barred from serving as President due to their religious status, they were able to practice their religion freely.

Posted in Briefing, Middle East, Middle East, Syria
July 3, 2012

From Rhetoric to Target: The Islamic State of Iraq

In June 2012, terrorist attacks in Iraq led to at least 237 deaths. This included a series of co-ordinated bomb attacks across Iraq on 13 June, which killed 75 and injured 300. Such attacks are now common in Iraq.
Most …

Posted in Briefing, Iraq, Islamism, Middle East, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
June 18, 2012

The Necessity of Nuclear Deterrence

Posted in Briefing, Content, Defence, Spotlight
June 13, 2012

On Both Sides Now

Executive Summary
•   Important legislative elections expected this year in Jordan and in the Palestinian Territories are likely to increase the power and influence of Hamas and the Jordanian Islamic Action Front (IAF).
•   In the longer term, the growing influence …

Posted in Briefing, Jordan, Palestine, Spotlight
June 5, 2012

Al-Shabaab’s Mogadishu Retreat

Al-Qaeda’s core leadership is on the verge of collapse. Therefore, increasing attention will fall on their official franchises and other groups more loosely connected to the movement. Earlier this month, HJS looked at the emerging threat the group posed in …

Posted in Briefing
March 15, 2012

The Costs of Containment

As the West and the Islamic Republic of Iran inch ever closer to open warfare, the debate over whether containment represents a better alternative to all-out confrontation and other options is once again taking center stage in Western capitals. In …

Posted in Briefing, Iran, Spotlight
March 13, 2012

The case against non-intervention in Syria

On Monday, March 5, Senator John McCain called for a joint coalition of countries, led by the United States, to intervene in Syria via surgical airstrikes that would facilitate the creation of safe havens “in which opposition forces can organise …

Posted in Briefing, Spotlight, Syria
March 9, 2012

The Decisive Minority

Almost a year after the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in March, the Syrian opposition is still very much fragmented and lacking an inclusive vision which will satisfy various minority groups. One major part of this equation has been the …

Posted in Briefing, Spotlight, Syria
March 6, 2012

Argentina and the Falklands: 30 Years On

As Argentina continues to ratchet up tensions over their claim to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, hopes that the re-emergence of the dispute would pass with its 30 year anniversary are fading.
In this stretegic briefing on the current state of …

Posted in Argentina, Briefing, Spotlight
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