Author: Henry Jackson Society
The Defence Select Committee has just released a report which warns that the UK is “woefully low” on warships. As Britain seeks a new role in the world it is imperative that naval capability is maintained. Members of Parliament have said that they have serious concerns about the funding and timetable to replace the fleet. … Continued
By Talia Jessener On Thursday 17th November the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to welcome Dr Karen Young, a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, to talk about recent changes to the power dynamic of the Gulf Region. While not always the focus of headlines, the Gulf region has recently been gaining … Continued
Originally published in The Daily Star The Moroccan pair were “dangerous” and “directed and controlled” by the terror group, Spanish Ministry of Interior officials said. The two men, who have not been named, are said to have isolated themselves from the rest of society and limited their contact with the outside world through “radical jihadist … Continued
Originally published in The Times. Surely after Brexit and Trump, President Marine Le Pen and “Frexit” will follow. That’s been the prevailing presumption of international punditry in recent weeks. And while the narrative arc may seem persuasive, what’s missing is the facts. … Read the full article, here.
Europeans would do well to remember that the Trump Presidency represents an opportunity rather than threat given President Obama’s disinterest for Europe during the past 8 years Under Obama’s presidency the world has become significantly more dangerous. The decision not to enforce the “red lines” set by Obama himself revealed a weakness which has since … Continued
by Timothy Stafford In Clinton, the Democrats nominated an establishment insider in an anti-establishment age, who provoked more hatred amongst Republicans than any other politician in the country. International reactions to Donald Trump’s election victory have been defined by two soul-searching questions. Firstly, how could a man with no prior experience of public office, whose … Continued
DATE: Thursday 17th November 2016, 12:30 – 13:30 VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA SPEAKER: Dr. Karen E. Young, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington To see a summary of this event click here To see a full transcript of this event click here There is a certain … Continued
On Monday 14th November, the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Dr Andrew Monaghan to discuss his book The New Politics of Russia: Interpreting Change. The talk focused on the West’s continual failures in their dealings with Russia and what they should do to tackle the reasons underpinning those failures. Opening his talk, Dr Monaghan argued that, … Continued
Originally posted by The Spectator My editor has received a letter of complaint. The SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh writes: Dear Fraser, I read Douglas Murray’s blog on Friday “Where’s the proof that Donald Trump is homophobic?” with great interest. It’s fantastic to see the Spectator embracing the zeitgeist and embracing “post-truth” politics in its own … Continued
Originally posted by the Christian Science Monitor: Barack Obama undertakes his last overseas trip as president this week with an adjusted mission in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory: to reassure allies and partners about continuing support for them and America’s unwavering global leadership. … “The most meaningful message Europe can send Trump is a … Continued
TIME: 12:30-13:30, Monday 14th November 2016 VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP SPEAKER: Dr Andrew Monaghan, Author, The New Politics of Russia: Interpreting Change, Senior Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House For a summary of this event click here For a full transcript of this event … Continued
Leading transatlantic thinktank calls for 2% defence budget commitment to safeguard European-US relationship Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, and EU leaders need to adjust to this reality. In particular they must ensure that America remains bound into the institutions which protect Western security. For the United States to withdraw from … Continued
Originally posted in the Sunday Telegraph: A leading Islamic charity which penned an open letter criticising The Sunday Telegraph’s reports about its extreme speakers and filed numerous complaints to the press regulator has been warned by the Charities Commission it must distance itself from individuals who condone “violent extremism and acts of terrorism”. … Rupert … Continued
ORIGINALLY POSTED BY THE TELEGRAPH: A flotilla of Russian warships arrived off the coast of Syria on Saturday, readying for a large-scale land and sea assault on the city of Aleppo. … “Moscow clearly intends this as a message to the West – that Russia prevailed, that its client Assad survived, and that dictatorships who … Continued
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.
Trump’s Mature Performances so far and Friendliness to UK Justify UK Government’s Welcoming Approach his Presidency
Thus far Trump has made good on his earlier promises to behave differently after winning the election. Like it or not we have to engage with the president of the world’s most important country. It is better for everyone if those engagements are constructive. The UK Government’s decision to avoid public displays of displeasure at … Continued
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
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
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.
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
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
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
On Tuesday 1st November, the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Dr Lobsang Sangay to speak about Tibetan democracy and the future of Sino-Tibetan relations. Dr Sangay is ‘Sikyong’, equivalent to prime minister, of the Tibetan government-in-exile and his discussion was chaired by Fabian Hamilton MP. Dr Sangay began by discussing the make-up of the Tibetan government. … Continued
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
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
On Tuesday 2nd November the Henry Jackson Society were delighted to welcome General Lord Dannatt to discuss his new book ‘Boots on the Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945’. Lord Dannatt impressively managed to condense the history of the British army since 1945 in the space of half an hour. His informative summary involved a … Continued
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
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
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