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Category Archives: War in Afghanistan

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September 16, 2011

The continued destabilisation of AQ central

US officials claim a senior figure in al-Qaeda central command, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed in a drone attack in the Waziristan region in Pakistan in the last few days.
There has been no independent confirmation of the Saudi Arabian national’s …

Posted in Defence, Pakistan, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, War in Afghanistan
September 15, 2011

9/11 – Ten Years On

A decade on from al-Qaeda’s attacks, The Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host, by kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP, a discussion with Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE. Sir Richard gave first hand expertise on Britain’s role in the War …

Posted in 9/11, Event, Terrorism & Security, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq
July 21, 2011

More Brits potentially take wrong turn at Pakistani wedding

The BBC reports today that two more Brits have been arrested in Afghanistan fighting with the Taliban. Say what you like about the British economy – at least we know how to churn out terrorists.
Still, we shouldn’t be so judgemental. Perhaps – …

Posted in Asia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United Kingdom, War in Afghanistan
June 23, 2011

Afghanistan: A War Without End?

The first of three documentaries on Afghanistan by the formidable BBC journalist John Ware was aired on BBC 2 last night. For those who missed it first time round, the documentary is available here. It does not make for comfortable viewing.
The …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, The Scoop, War in Afghanistan
June 7, 2011

The blinkered hypocrisy of the ‘Stop the War’ movement never ceases to amaze

If you ever have 10 minutes to waste and you haven’t had your fill of sanctimonious hypocrisy for the day, may I urge you to pay a short visit to the nightmarishly distorted world of the Stop the War Coalition.
A weird …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Libya, The Scoop, United Kingdom, War in Afghanistan
June 3, 2011

Don’t Miss the Wider Point

Later this month, President Obama will announce the first phase of the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan. When he first entered the White House, President Obama’s scepticism over the war in Afghanistan was palpable.
 
In his Cairo Speech of 4 June …

Posted in Defence, The Scoop, United States, War in Afghanistan
May 25, 2011

The Proof of the Pudding’s in the Eating

What have they done with President Obama? And who was that guy who delivered the inspirational speech in Westminster Hall just now?
 
The political metamorphosis undergone by the US president in recent months feels like something out of that film Dave, where …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Libya, The Scoop, Trans-Atlantic Relations, United States, War in Afghanistan
May 24, 2011

Why are the New York Times publishing apologies for the Taliban?

This is a cross-post from Conservative Home.
Frank Lindh – the father of John Walker Lind – has just had a piece published in theNew York Times in which he laments his son’s unfair incarceration.
John Walker Lindh is no petty criminal. He was convicted in the …

Posted in Media, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United States, War in Afghanistan
May 19, 2011

The Hawk

When America traded George W. Bush for Barack Obama, few thought the result would be an escalation in the American war on terror. Swathes of U.S. conservatives (but also some liberals) were ready to dismiss President Obama as too naïve …

Posted in Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United States, War in Afghanistan, Yemen
May 18, 2011

Putting paid to Bin Laden-CIA myth

The dust in Abbottabad is starting to settle after the raid on bin Laden’s compound. While the Black Hawk helicopters used during the operation kicked up plenty of dirt, there are still some grubby rumours to be quashed about the …

Posted in Islamism, Media, Middle East, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United States, War in Afghanistan
May 9, 2011

The West’s Wars in the East: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya

By kind invitation of Julian Lewis MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a discussion with Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council of Foreign Relations.  One of the world’s foremost military historians and foreign policy analysts, …

Posted in Event, United Kingdom, United States, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq
May 6, 2011

Don’t Grant Bin Laden Posthumous Victory in Afghanistan

Bin Laden, Bin Laden, Bin Laden. Perhaps understandably, he’s just about all anybody wants to talk about at the moment. Consistent with the best traditions of British journalism, most of the focus is on elements of this story which, in …

Posted in Defence, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, War in Afghanistan
May 3, 2011

Beyond Bin Laden

Second only perhaps to Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden was the very personification of evil to many in the West.
And yet for many others, Bin Laden was, and is, an icon of a very different kind: a hero, and now …

Posted in Religious Fundamentalism, War in Afghanistan
December 3, 2010

Afghan withdrawal deadline undermines success

The year 2014 could have been the time when NATO forces transferred responsibility for security in Afghanistan to their Afghan counterparts, with all sides confident that the latter were ready and able to stand on their own two feet.
The newly …

Posted in War in Afghanistan
October 28, 2010

It’s not just the size of your army that matters…It’s What You Do with It That Counts.

In the run-up to last week’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), many feared that massive cuts to Britain’s military personnel and equipment programme would severely limit its ability to project influence abroad, and all but delete its interventionist capabilities.
The …

Posted in Defence, United Kingdom, War in Afghanistan
September 7, 2010

Succeeding in Afghanistan

George Grant analyses Britain’s military strategy during the war in Afghanistan, arguing that military success there is both a humanitarian and strategic imperative.

Posted in Briefing, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom, War in Afghanistan

HJS Parliamentary Launch: ‘Succeeding in Afghanistan’

By kind invitation of Tobias Ellwood MP, the Henry Jackson Society is pleased to  launch its major new report: ‘Succeeding in Afghanistan’.  Colonel Richard Kemp, Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan offered his remarks on the campaign’s evolution and …

Posted in Event, Terrorism & Security, War in Afghanistan
July 22, 2010

The Dynamics of Terrorism in the AfPak Conflict

By kind invitation of Tobias Ellwood MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a discussion with the Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Dr Ajai Sahni. Dr Sahni was the founding member of …

Posted in Event, Terrorism & Security, War in Afghanistan
July 14, 2010

The U.S. Perspective on Afghanistan and Iran

By kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP, the Henry Jackson Society was proud to host Nicholas Burns, retired American diplomat and currently Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Nicholas Burns spoke about the …

Posted in Event, Iran, Trans-Atlantic Relations, United States, War in Afghanistan
July 12, 2010

APPG Event: A Lecture by General Sir David Richards, Chief of the General Staff

By kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP , the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic & International Security was pleased to host a discussion with General Sir  David Richards, Chief of the General Staff. Over the course of a long and extremely distinguished military career, …

Posted in Defence, Event, United Kingdom, War in Afghanistan
June 8, 2010

APPG Event: An Open Discussion with General David Petraeus

By kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic and International Security was pleased be able to host a discussion with General David H. Petraeus, Commander of the United States Central Command. General Petraeus made brief opening …

Posted in Defence, Event, United States, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq
May 27, 2010

Why the Surge worked in Iraq and its implications for Afghanistan

The Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a discussion with General Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army on 27th May 2010. He discussed the troop surge in Iraq, why it worked, and whether the …

Posted in Defence, Event, United States, War in Afghanistan
March 23, 2009

The NATO allies in Afghanistan

One of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy priorities is to refocus US military efforts on the mission in Afghanistan. He has announced the deployment of 17,000 troops in addition to the 33,000 already present. Simultaneously, Obama is urging the USA’s …

Posted in Briefing, Europe, War in Afghanistan
October 20, 2008

US Foreign Policy and the Legacy of the Bush Doctrine

By kind invitation of David Gauke MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Dr. Lamont Colucci, author of ‘Crusading Realism: The Bush Doctrine and American Core Values After 9/11’ and National Security Studies Co-ordinator at Ripon College, in …

Posted in Event, Terrorism & Security, United States, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq
February 26, 2008

HJS Event: On Counterinsurgency: How to triumph in the age of asymmetric warfare

By kind invitation of Bob Laxton MP, the Henry Jackson Society and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy London were delighted to welcome Prof. Martin van Creveld, world renowned military historian and strategist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who provided an analysis of how we can …

Posted in Event, Israel, Terrorism & Security, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq
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