Author: Henry Jackson Society

20 Mar 2012

A Cohesive Market Economy after the Crisis

The Global Financial Crisis is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Events of 2008 – 2009 saw the collapse of large and globally connected financial institutions, the public bailout of national institutions including banks, a liquidity crunch and stock market chaos. The effect on … Continued

09 Mar 2012

The Decisive Minority

Almost a year after the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in March, the Syrian opposition is still very much fragmented and lacking an inclusive vision which will satisfy various minority groups. One major part of this equation has been the Kurds which make up the largest ethnic minority in Syria, constituting somewhere between 10% and … Continued

08 Mar 2012

A Brighton meeting could save human rights

David Cameron has already set down a marker for reforming the European Court of Human Rights. The issue will be at top of the agenda at the meeting of European ministers, to be held in Brighton in mid-April as the UK’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe draws to a close — and the stakes … Continued

17 Nov 2011

Libya and the Arab Spring: A Slow Start for the West

By kind invitation of Daniel Kawczynski MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a discussion with Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory and former Special Advisor to the US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, who had just returned from Libya. He argued that the Libyan war and the Arab Spring … Continued

28 Sep 2011

The Return of Putin: What It Bodes for Russia

Saturday’s acceptance by Vladimir Putin of Dmitry Medvedev’s recommendation for him to stand as United Russia’s candidate in next year’s presidential election has all but guaranteed that Putin will occupy the Kremlin for the next six years. While the wiseacres have spent the last four years insisting that Putin is sure to return – indeed, … Continued

22 Sep 2011

President Obama’s address at the 66th UN General Assembly meeting

President Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly yesterday was, for the most part, an encouraging expression of support for universal human rights and the indispensability of political freedom. Obama emphasized the positive developments taking place in the Middle East and North Africa with the Arab Spring, and reiterated his call for democratic change across … Continued

30 Aug 2011

Primed for Battle

After months of lethargy, August was the month when the race for the Republican Presidential nomination burst into life. Late last month the dynamics seemed clear. Mitt Romney, long considered the frontrunner, held comfortable though reversible leads in most states except Iowa. There, ex-Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Congresswoman (though Iowa native) Michelle Bachman … Continued

30 Aug 2011

Primed for Battle

Donald McLean analyses the forerunners in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.

28 Jun 2011

HJS Editorial: ICC Indictment of Gaddafi the right, smart move

Yesterday’s decision by the ICC to issue an arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Gaddafi, and Abdullah al-Senussi, the Libyan intelligence chief, should be welcomed at both the moral and strategic level. It was the right thing to do, given the heinous crimes of which all three men have been repeatedly accused. Strategically, … Continued

28 Jun 2011

ICC Indictment of Gaddafi the right, smart move

Yesterday’s decision by the ICC to issue an arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Gaddafi, and Abdullah al-Senussi, the Libyan intelligence chief, should be welcomed at both the moral and strategic level. It was the right thing to do, given the heinous crimes of which all three men have been repeatedly accused. Strategically, … Continued

07 Jun 2011

UK Prevent Review Affirms, Cites HJS Analysis

Today, the UK Government released its long-awaited Prevent Review and Strategy, vindicating both implicitly and explicitly much of what The Centre for Social Cohesion, which recently merged with The Henry Jackson Society, has been arguing for years. Three of CSC’s groundbreaking studies – Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections (2010), Hizb-ut-Tahrir: Ideology & Strategy (2009), and Radical Islam on UK Campuses: A Comprehensive … Continued

25 May 2011

President Obama’s Westminster Hall Speech

President Obama’s historic address to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall paid effusive tribute to the example of human freedom the US and UK have set for the rest of the world, and to the strength of what he called an ‘indispensible alliance.’ In a stunning departure from the more muted and apologetic style … Continued

08 May 2011

PREVENTing Islamists on Campus

Acknowledging his long overdue demise in a statement on Friday, those seeking to take up the mantle of Osama Bin Laden threatened to “turn our happiness to sadness” and “mingle our blood with our tears”. I for one, intend to remain happy.  In fact, I’d be even happier if Thursday’s strike in Yemen had succeeded in ending Anwar Al-Awlawki’s … Continued

08 Feb 2011

The Egyptian Moment

This month’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in Tunisia, and now the popular protests in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and beyond, represent the most momentous shift in the geopolitics of the Middle East since the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq, and before that since the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Popular revolutions can have unintended consequences, but the … Continued

26 Jan 2011

The Return of the ‘New Foundation’

“At stake right now is not who wins the next election…at stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country”. So proclaimed President Obama at the outset of last night’s State of the Union Address. By the end of the speech, one couldn’t help but wonder whether the President was naive enough … Continued

20 Aug 2008

Decline and Fall of the Russian Empire

Executive Summary: 1) Russia has grown steadily more hostile towards the West since the fall of the Berlin Wall, turning away from the democratic route to one more autocratic and aggressive-expansionist in its outlook. 2) The West must regain its confidence in its own powers, ideological, economic and military, to confront and contain the Russian … Continued

14 Aug 2008

Progress in Arabia, unfinished work in Persia

What a difference a year makes. Last July, as the ‘surge’ was still in its infancy the hope of a Democratic Iraq seemed very far away indeed. Coalition monthly casualties were shooting, and mass bombings against the civilian population escalated out of control. Confessional relations between Shias and Sunni, heavily strained since the Samarra mosque … Continued

02 Jun 2008

Open Letter Regarding Zimbabwe

To: The Rt Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom The Hon. George W. Bush, President of the United States of America High Commissioner Javier Solana, High Representative of the CFSP Mr Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa We are writing to you in order to encourage the adoption … Continued

28 May 2008

The Absolute Duty to Protect

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 1.     The Western world has developed an evolved understanding between citizens and the state. This, in turn, has allowed an evolution to take place in our understanding of the state’s duty to protect citizens, with this now regarded as an integral part of the Western way of life. 2.     However, many countries have failed … Continued

17 Apr 2008

A Tale of Two Resignations

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  1.      As has often been claimed, policy differences between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are very narrow. Where they depart is in their rhetoric.  2.      But part of this rhetoric has centred on claims for the future of U.S. involvement in Iraq, and on the need to restrict free trade to protect American … Continued

31 Mar 2008

Time to abolish the national veto on new NATO and EU members

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 1.     The national veto policy of the EU and NATO, commendable for the protection of national interests in most cases, is being abused and used by member states to bully aspiring members in relation to organisational expansion. 2.     These petty disputes jeopardise the true interests of these international organisations. 3.     These disputes are … Continued

16 Mar 2008

2008: The Year of Iran?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 1.     The latest strategic assessment by the Israeli intelligence community calling 2008 “The Year of Iran” coupled with the resignation of Admiral William J. Fallon as the head of the U.S. Central Command has once again brought Iran and its troubling nuclear programme center stage—and with good reason. 2.     The … Continued


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