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10 Apr 2012

Terror suspect Talha Ahsan’s family fear US extradition

Abu Ahsan had high hopes for his son Talha when he was growing up. He was educated at Dulwich College – a leading private school in south London – where fellow pupils remember him as an intelligent and bookish boy. But Talha Ahsan has now spent nearly six years in jail awaiting extradition to America … Continued

29 Mar 2012

Syrian Kurds Could Tip Scales of Syrian Conflict

A tent city among the ruins of a former tobacco factory along the Turkish-Syrian border is home to Syrian refugee Ciwan and his four-year-old son. The Yayladagi camp is swarming with Syrians fleeing the bloodshed of their homeland.

29 Mar 2012

Report urges reform of human rights court

Ministers from 47 European states must agree plans to reform the human rights court in Strasbourg before pressure for the UK to withdraw from its jurisdiction becomes ‘irresistible’, a member of the government’s Commission on Human Rights has said.

29 Mar 2012

Unanswered questions on Russia

With US Senator John McCain’s call for military intervention in Syria now a distant memory, Western diplomats have for weeks been pursuing a policy of engagement with Russia, the longtime ally of President Bashar al-Assad that has repeatedly blocked efforts to pressure his regime at the Security Council.

28 Mar 2012

Human Rights Bill Roils US-Russia Relations

First, Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin, accused Washington of backing protests against him. Then, on Monday, Mitt Romney, the leading U.S. Republican candidate, told CNN that Russia is Washington’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

27 Mar 2012

Nuremberg, 9/11 and the Trial of Khaled Sheikh Mohammed

From the Nuremberg tribunal to the debate over the prosecution of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the appropriate judgement of mass murder has been one of the most contentious issues of the post-war era. Whereas the Nuremberg tribunal is now held up as the exemplar of international justice, at the time it represented a profound … Continued

26 Mar 2012

Beyond Wishful Thinking and Worst Case Analysis: Iran and Nuclear Weapons

Following a period of failed attempts at engagement at the beginning of President Obama’s  term in office, diplomacy with Iran has sharpened significantly over the last year, as  countless meetings and proposals have come and gone with nothing to show for them other than time Iran’s leadership has had to progress towards a nuclear capability. … Continued

22 Mar 2012

An Inflexion Point in History: The need for a National Strategic Narrative

US national security strategy policy traditionally defines American national interests and provides a broad strategy for achieving those goals. Previously, US strategy has been understood in the context of being the leader of the free world in the battle against fascism and communism. However, with the rise of China coinciding with a perceived decline in … Continued

22 Mar 2012

Fruits of the Arab Spring: Democracy in the Middle East

The full nature of democratic transition for the nations who have formed part of the ‘Arab Spring’ still remains unclear. From the militia-led divisions in Libyan society, to the continuing violent and repressive crackdown on the Syrian people from the regime of Bashar al-Assad, significant and pressing questions remain about the future of this often … Continued

08 Mar 2012

BBC Moral Maze: Douglas Murray discusses Iran

Henry Jackson Society Associate Director Douglas Murray joins the panel on the BBC’s Moral Maze to discuss the ethical implications of Iran’s nuclear programme. [audio:|titles=Douglas Murray on Moral Maze]

07 Mar 2012

A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism

Since its formation Israel has struggled to safeguard the security of its citizens, from threats more often asymmetric than conventional. It has thus become a state which has more experience than most of counter-terrorism. In his latest book, A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism, Daniel Byman charts the history of Israel’s counterterrorism … Continued


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