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29 Jan 2009

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East

By kind invitation of Richard Spring MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host talk with Professor Gilles Kepel, Professor and Chair of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at Sciences Po to address discuss  the future of the Middle East and the conflict between the West and radical Islam, as well as his … Continued

27 Jan 2009

Towards Cosmopolitan Democracy?

By kind invitation of Dr Nick Palmer MP, the Henry Jackson society hosted a discussion with Professor Daniele Archibugi, Professor of Governance, Innovation and Public Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London and Research Director at the Italian National Research Council in Rome. Professor Arcibugi discussed the subject of his new book, ‘Cosmopolitan Democracy’. Transcript I … Continued

26 Jan 2009

Current Developments in South Africa

By kind invitation of The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a discussion with Michael Spicer, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa on recent Political and Socio-economic developments in South Africa. Transcript I am positive about the future of South Africa. As an emerging market it is one of … Continued

22 Jan 2009

The Return of History

By kind invitation of Denis Macshane MP, the Henry Jackson Society were pleased to host a discussion with Dr. Robert Kagan, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to address the future of liberal democracy worldwide and the conflict between democratic and autocratic powers. Transcript I do not know if we are in … Continued

20 Jan 2009

Russia & Georgia – The problem Europe would rather forget?

By kind invitation of Nigel Evans, MP, the Henry Jackson Society were pleased to be able to host a discussion with Salome Zourabichvili, the former Foreign Minister of Georgia, who discussed the security issues which Georgia faces in the aftermath of the war with Russia and what prospects this would have for the European Union. … Continued

14 Jan 2009

Foreign Aid and Radicalisation

By kind invitation of Richard Spring MP, Christian Whiton, President of the Hamilton Foundation spoke at an HJS event on foreign aid and radicalisation in the House of Commons. Mr Whiton offered remarks on the need to reform our existing assistance efforts and direct them more toward developing middle class jobs in key regions.  In … Continued

17 Dec 2008

Somali Piracy

The surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia stems from the lack of effective government and viable means of making a living. The implosion of the central government in 1991 left a void in which Somali fishermen saw the need to police their seas against illegal fishery. This patrolling escalated to piracy; a trade … Continued

15 Dec 2008

NATO Challenges and Policy: A North American Perspective

By kind invitation of Nick Harvey MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a discussion with Dr. Alexander Moens, Senior Fellow, Centre for Canadian American Relations at The Fraser Institute, to analyse the future development of NATO and the likely repercussions for the Western security environment. Transcript To some of you it may be a … Continued

11 Dec 2008

Where is Pakistan Going?

By kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a discussion with Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice), to assess Pakistan’s political future. Transcript Pakistan is at a crossroads, facing the biggest crises in its history. The biggest crisis is part of the war on terror. There was no Pakistani involvement in … Continued

09 Dec 2008

APPG Event: The Surge From the Sharp End- A US Platoon Commander’s Story

By kind invitation of Crispin Blunt MP, the APPG British-Iraq Group has kindly invited Henry Jackson Society members to a discussion with Captain Max Ferguson, to provide to opportunity for a true insight into the ongoing combat in Iraq. Captain Ferguson spoke on his personal experiences of the surge in Iraq as a US Platoon Commander. Captain Max Ferguson served as … Continued

04 Dec 2008

The Quiet Achiever: Islam, Democracy and Indonesia’s Response to Terrorism

By kind invitation of Andrew George MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Dr. Rizal Sukma, Deputy Executive Director at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies who assessed Indonesia’s progress towards democracy and its fight against religious extermism and domestic terrorism. Summary Let me start by giving you a brief idea of the domestic political … Continued

03 Dec 2008

Limitless Possibilities: Creating Success in an Unpredictable Future

By kind invitation of David Gauke MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Carly Fiorina, former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard Company. Fiorina discussed the future impact of globalisation and technology on the international economic environment. Summary My subject today is technology. I want to discuss how the world of technology impacts … Continued

02 Dec 2008

Bangladesh at the crossroads: Democracy, radicalisation and terrorism amidst the emerging security challenges of South Asia

By kind invitation of The Hon. Bernard Jenkin MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Major General Muniruzzaman, the former military advisor and Chief of Staff to the President of Bangladesh, and current President of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS), who provided an assessment of the national security and … Continued

01 Dec 2008

Democracy and Human Rights in Iran: What role for the West?

By kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with the former Crown Prince of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, to address these questions.  Reza Pahlavi assessed the human rights situaiton and prospects for democratic reform in Iran, before considering the role the West can play in furthering the cause of freedom … Continued

26 Nov 2008

Ending Impunity or Decreasing Accountability?

By kind invitation of Ambassador Dore Gold, President of Jerusalem center and former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a panel discussion on the abuses of universal jurisdiction. The panel included: –Professor Gregory Gordon: former Legal Officer, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, first post-Nuremberg Prosecutions … Continued

24 Nov 2008

International Aspects of the Financial Crisis

By kind invitation of Stephen Hammond MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Ariel Buira,  former Executive Director of the IMF and Director of the G24 Secretariat, on 24th November.  Ariel Buira will consider the international aspects of the current financial crisis, before assessing the role that central banks and the IMF should play … Continued

20 Nov 2008

The Union for the Mediterranean: Expectations and Realities

By kind invitation of Michael Clapham MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with the Hon. Dr Tonio Borg, the Maltese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the House of Commons on November 20th 2008. Dr Borg assessed the repercussions of the Union of the Mediterranean for the evolution of inter-regional … Continued

19 Nov 2008

Challenges of the Global Financial Crisis

By kind invitation of Kerry McCarthy MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Dr. Robert Shapiro, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs & Chairman of Sonecon LLC.  Dr. Shapiro analysed the challenges faced by the British, U.S and international economies and how we will be able to meet them. Transcript … Continued

30 Oct 2008

Advancing Freedom, Defeating Terror

By kind invitation of Gisela Stuart MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with The Hon. Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on 30th October. Secretary Chertoff used the example of the late Senator Henry M. ‘Scoop’ Jackson to show how the advancement of freedom and defeat of terror are … Continued

28 Oct 2008

Iranian Options – How to Confront the Clerical Regime

By kind invitation of Daniel Kawczynski MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian Dissident and founder of theConfederation of Iranian Students, to discuss the current situation in Iran.  He analysed the Iranian challenge in the areas of strategy, democracy and human rights and suggested the options available for the West and Iranians themselves to bring … Continued

20 Oct 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 the House of Commons on 20th October. Dr. Colucci addressed the society on the Bush … Continued

13 Oct 2008

Life Imitating Art: Will the ‘West Wing election’ mirror reality?

By kind invitation of Bruce George MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Ron Silver, West Wing actor and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, in the House of Commons on 8th October. Mr. Silver addressed the society on the fascinating parallels between the West Wing and ‘real-life’ presidential elections. Transcript I … Continued

02 Oct 2008

Trends of Terror: Looking to the Future

By kind invitation of Lord Toby Harris of Haringey, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a discussion with Raphael Perl, Head of the Action against Terrorism Unit at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to examine the principal trends of international terrorism and how these can form the basis for a multilateral fight against terror. … Continued

23 Sep 2008

Fighting Religious Radicalism in a Secular Age

By kind invitation of Nadine Dorries MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a discussion with Dr Herbert London, President of the Hudson Institute, Washington DC and New York, to address these questions and discuss both the demands and global expectations that the next US administration and the West will face if they are to successfully counter … Continued

18 Sep 2008

Towards a History of Humanitarian Intervention

The Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a one-day colloquium at Peterhouse, Cambridge on ‘The History of Humanitarian Intervention’, supported by the Trevelyan Trust of the University of Cambridge. The event organisers were Dr Brendan Simms, Fellow of Peterhouse and Professor of the History of European International Relations at the Centre … Continued

16 Sep 2008

US Foreign Policy & Democracy Promotion

By kind invitation of The Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to be able to host a discussion with Dr Alexander Lennon, Editor in Chief, The Washington Quarterly & International Security Fellow, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington DC. As a well versed expert in US foreign policy and democracy promotion, Dr Lennon … Continued

15 Sep 2008

Arabic Language Media and Extremism: Challenges & Opportunities

By kind invitation of Theresa Villiers MP, the Henry Jackson Society hosted a discussion with Dr. Haim Koren, Former Director of the Political Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel, in Portcullis House on 15th September. Dr. Koren addressed the society on the complexities of Arabic language media and its potential societal effects. Transcript Historical … Continued


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