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December 13, 2017

What the European Union owes the United Kingdom

Read the full policy briefing here
A policy briefing by The Henry Jackson Society – What the European Union owes the United Kingdom – highlights how European defence is substantially dependent upon the United Kingdom’s financial contributions.
Countries on the European mainland …

Posted in Defence, European Union, Publication, Spotlight, United Kingdom
December 10, 2017

America’s Kurdish Allies in Syria Drift Toward the Regime, Russia, and Iran

The American-led Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) partnered with the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF), a political façade for the proscribed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as the ground force in Syria. The most ventilated problems with this partnership so far …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
November 30, 2017

Qatar and the Gulf Crisis

A new report by the Henry Jackson Society – Qatar and the Gulf Crisis – examines the charges made against the Qatari government by other Gulf states and questions whether the small nation is engaged in power politics and bolstering …

Posted in Publication, Spotlight, The Orton Report
November 28, 2017

Global Britain and the Future of the British Armed Forces

A new policy paper by the Henry Jackson Society – “Global Britain and the Future of the British Armed Forces” – finds that in order for Britain to position itself as a truly ‘Global’ nation and as uncertainty intensifies across …

Posted in Defence, Publication, Spotlight, United Kingdom
October 31, 2017

Mend: “Islamists Masquerading As Civil Libertarians”

A new Henry Jackson Society report has warned that the public sector organisations and elected officials are partnering with the extremist-linked group Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend).
Compiling years’ worth of evidence, the report, Mend: “Islamists Masquerading As Civil Libertarians”, demonstrates …

Posted in CRT, CRT Research, Publication, Research, Spotlight
October 25, 2017

Converts to Islam and Homegrown Jihadism

Security officials and those leading counter-extremism efforts must place greater emphasis on the dangers posed by recent converts to Islam, according to a new report published today.
“Converts to Islam and Home Grown Jihadism” analyses the ways in which the process …

Posted in Publication, Spotlight
October 8, 2017

Trafficking Terror: How Modern Slavery and Sexual Violence Fund Terrorism

Terrorists are using sexual violence, including rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage, to bolster recruits, galvanize fighters, and, in the case of Islamist groups, punish kuffar (disbelievers).
These are just part of our …

Posted in CRT, CRT Report, CRT Research, Publication, Research, Spotlight

Rape and slavery was lure for UK Isis recruits with history of sexual violence

Young fighters are mobilised by Islamic State’s ideology of abusing women as a form of terrorism, says report.
Men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse joined Islamic Statebecause of the organisation’s systemic use of rape and slavery as a …

Posted in CRT, CRT News Coverage, CRT Report, News Coverage, Spotlight
October 6, 2017

The Coalition Isn’t Defeating the Islamic State—But It Is Empowering Iran

This article appeared in The Telegraph under the headline, “ISIL is not beaten—our devil’s bargain with Iran has ensured it will flourish for years to come”
The “defeat” of the Islamic State (ISIL), signified by its eviction from Mosul in July, …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, The Orton Report
September 28, 2017

Extreme Speakers and Events in the 2016-17 Academic Year

A new report by The Henry Jackson Society explores the extreme speakers and events in the 2016-17 academic year.
The Higher Education and Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has found that the majority of universities are satisfying the requirements of the …

Posted in Extremism, Publication, Research, Spotlight, United Kingdom
September 20, 2017

Yvette Cooper says delays removing reported content are ‘unacceptable’

YouTube under fire after neo-Nazi and Taliban videos found on site despite being flagged
Extremist footage posted by Islamists and neo-Nazis remains online despite pledges from the world’s largest internet companies to remove it, a study has found.
Research carried out by the Henry …

Posted in CRT, CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Spotlight

Youtube criticised as videos supporting Hitler and Taliban remain online

Online video giant YouTube has been condemned for failing to take down extremist content including films praising Adolf Hitler and Taliban propaganda.
An extensive study of Islamist and far-right extremist material shared on the website found more than 120 videos were …

Posted in CRT, CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Spotlight
September 17, 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson References our Geopolitical Capability Audit in Major Brexit Statement

My vision for a bold, thriving Britain enabled by Brexit.
My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country. They think Brexit isn’t going to happen. There are some media observers – …

Posted in Global, News Coverage, Spotlight, United Kingdom
September 14, 2017

Coalition Policy Risks Replacing the Islamic State with the Islamic Republic of Iran

By recent reports, one could easily come away with the impression that war and instability across the Fertile Crescent are winding down. Predictions about what comes next, always a risky enterprise in the Middle East, are at a point of …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, The Orton Report
September 12, 2017

Towards “Global Britain”: Challenging the New Narratives of National Decline

The reality of British geopolitical capability means Britain is poised to thrive post-Brexit
Is Britain in decline? Following the EU referendum, you could be forgiven for thinking so. Commentators seem gripped by the idea that the country is heading towards national …

Posted in Global, Publication, Spotlight, Uncategorized

Audit of Geopolitical Capability: A Comparison of Eight Major Powers

UK second only to US in major power audit
The UK is the most geopolitically capable country in Europe, and comes second only to the United States globally, according to a major new report by The Henry Jackson Society.
The “Audit of …

Posted in Global, Publication, Research, Spotlight, United Kingdom
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
July 29, 2017

The Coalition Targets Islamic State Propagandists and External Terrorists

The United States announced on 27 July that it had killed seven “senior ISIS propagandists and facilitators in Iraq and Syria” since late March. The removal of these terrorists takes from the Islamic State “extensive experience and training, and degrades …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
July 28, 2017

The Fall of Islamic State’s Caliphate Won’t End the Foreign Attacks

The Islamic State (IS) has escalated a campaign of global terrorism over the past few years, exactly as it was losing overt control of territory. In 2016, IS consolidated a model of guiding and claiming attacks in the West and …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
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
June 19, 2017

Viewing the Coalition’s Flawed Anti-Islamic State Strategy From Raqqa’s Frontlines

At the end of May, Christoph Reuter, a journalist with Der Spiegel, embedded with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as it made its way, supported by the U.S.-led Coalition, toward Raqqa city, the Syrian “capital” of the Islamic State’s (IS) …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
June 16, 2017

American Sanctions Hit Islamic State’s Finances, Propaganda, and Terrorism

Just three days after the U.S. government sanctioned two Islamic State (IS or ISIS) operatives for their role in helping the jihadists develop chemical weapons of mass destruction, another raft of sanctions were issued on 15 June against four IS …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
June 13, 2017

America Sanctions Operatives of the Islamic State’s Chemical Weapons Department

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced financial sanctions against an individual involved in the “development” of chemical weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) for the Islamic State (IS) on 12 June. Simultaneously, the State Department labelled …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
June 11, 2017

Senior Islamic State Cleric Turki al-Binali Killed in an Airstrike

It was reported on jihadist websites and by local activists that Turki al-Binali, a senior cleric of the Islamic State (IS) and perhaps the most important public proponent of the caliphate’s formation, had been killed in Syria by an airstrike …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
June 7, 2017

Islamic State Continues To Keep Its Enemies Divided

This article was originally posted at The Telegraph
In its choice of target and timing, Isil has shown, once again, its skill in exploiting the rivalries of its enemies – setting them against one another to buy itself greater room for …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
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