11 Nov 2016

Where’s the proof that Donald Trump is homophobic?

Did anybody see Question Time last night? The panel largely seemed to be competing to out-outrage each other about Donald Trump. And in their great Trump-off most of the guests continued to do that sawn-off shotgun ‘phobes’ thing. Trump as a ‘misogynist, homophobic, racist, Islamophobe’ etc. … Read the full article, here.

10 Nov 2016

Western Leaders Should Allow Trump the Chance to Govern

A failure by some Western leaders, notably Chancellor Merkel, to welcome the new President appropriately risks driving him into the arms of those like Vladimir Putin whose interests are antithetical to our own. They should learn from the example of Hillary Clinton in putting the needs of our nations first. After Donald Trump’s victory Angela … Continued

09 Nov 2016

Trump Victory Represents Opportunity not Crisis for UK Foreign Policy and Should be Seen as Repudiation of Obama’s Weakness

While Donald Trump’s Presidency will undoubtedly have many far reaching geopolitical consequences, the actual nature of his foreign policy remains undefined. There is therefore a window of opportunity for the UK to influence US objectives over the coming years, after a period of considerable weakness under Barack Obama. Transatlantic international think-tank, The Henry Jackson Society, … Continued

09 Nov 2016

Donald Trump won’t be as bad as you think

Originally posted in The Spectator For 18 months, Donald Trump was amazingly useful to British politicians. Whatever their party, he provided them with the most magnificent means with which to polish their liberal credentials. … Read the full article, here.

08 Nov 2016

Event Summary: ‘The Power and Politics of Flags’

By Alexis David On Thursday 13th October, the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Tim Marshall, former diplomatic editor at Sky News, to discuss his book Worth Dying For: Power and Politics of Flags. The talk initially tackled the history of flags; Mr Marshall explained that flags are perhaps as old as we are, yet flags as … Continued

08 Nov 2016

Event Summary: ‘How Nonviolent Revolution Work’

By: Alexis David On Wednesday 5th October, the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Srdja Popovic, Co-Founder of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) & Leader of the Anti-Milosevic Demonstrations in Serbia, to discuss the mechanics of protest movements, and the impacts of unity, planning and discipline in enabling their success against autocratic forces. … Continued

08 Nov 2016

Event Summary: ‘Promoting Human Rights, Civil Society and Democracy in Russia’

On Thursday 6th October, Henry Jackson Society welcomed five leading Russian civil rights activists; Dmitri Bartenev, Natalia Taubina, Valentina Cherevatenko, Robert Latypov and Grigory Melkonyants to discuss the challenges of speaking out against human rights abuses and promoting democracy in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Dr Andrew Foxall – Director of Russia Studies Centre – opened the … Continued

07 Nov 2016

Foreign Affairs Committee Whitewashes Muslim Brotherhood’s Activities

The Government’s review into the Muslim Brotherhood found that the group has “openly incubated and sustained an organisation – Hamas – whose military wing has been proscribed in the UK” and defended Hamas attacks in Israel. It is shocking to see the Foreign Affairs Committee undermine this assessment and position the Muslim Brotherhood as a … Continued

07 Nov 2016

Event Summary: ‘The World’s Dictatorship Crisis Thor Halvorssen, President and CEO, Human Rights Foundation’

On Wednesday 3rd October, the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Thor Halvorssen to discuss the effects of dictatorships on the world and his work combatting them with the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). In his opening remarks, Halvorssen argued that the largest contributor to global strife and instability is dictatorship. He noted that 37 percent of the … Continued

03 Nov 2016

MI5 ‘failure’ to spot the resurgence of Russia

Originally posted by The Times. Sir, MI5 is indeed scrambling to catch up with the threat from Russia. But blame for our woeful lack of preparedness lies not with the men and women who work at Thames House but with their political masters (“MI5 has been caught on the back foot once again”, Thunderer, Nov 2). … Continued

02 Nov 2016

The Real Battle for Mosul is now Imminent

Iraqi special forces have broken the front line in Mosul, but the battle’s next phase will be the most dangerous; Islamic State will have heavily fortified the main city, and the risk of the Coalition fracturing along sectarian lines will continue to grow. These latest advances are welcome, but the real test of the coalition … Continued

02 Nov 2016

Event: ‘Boots on the Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945’

DATE: Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 13:00 – 14:00 VENUE: Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP SPEAKER: General Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC, Author, Boots on the Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945 For a summary of this event click here Every year since the Second World War, Britain has had ‘boots on … Continued

01 Nov 2016

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31 Oct 2016

Event: ‘All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin’

TIME: 13:00-14:00, Monday 31st October 2016 VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP SPEAKER: Mikhail Zygar, Author, All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin; Former Editor-in-Chief of Russian independent news channel, Dozhd For a summary of this event click here For a full transcript of this event click … Continued

30 Oct 2016

Saddam and the Islamic State: family connections

Originally posted by The New Arab Earlier this week on Tuesday, the Kirkuk police department announced that a cousin of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been arrested south of the city on charges of participating in recent attacks launched in the province by the Islamic State. … But according to The Henry Jackson Society even before … Continued

30 Oct 2016

Stand by your imam: Shakeel Begg and his apologists

Originally posted by The Spectator There have been two fascinating developments in the case of Shakeel Begg, the Imam of the Lewisham Islamic Centre. As I described here on Friday, Begg sued the BBC for describing him as an extremist, only for the judge in the case to last week dismiss the claim and confirm for the … Continued

28 Oct 2016

The BBC wins a landmark victory in the fight against Islamic extremism

Originally posted by The Spectator Shakeel Begg is an influential extremist who is also chief Imam of the Lewisham Islamic Centre.  His radical views are readily available and well-known.  But despite these downsides a chap like him also possesses certain considerable advantages.  Not least is the fact that he lives in a society which is only very slowly waking … Continued


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