Author: Henry Jackson Society

31 Jul 2014

Endgame in Gaza: Conditions for ending Operation Protective Edge

A Strategic Briefing by The Henry Jackson Society INTRODUCTION AND CURRENT SITUATION Israel has warned of a prolonged campaign against Hamas tunnels, and Israeli bombardment this week was among the heaviest of the conflict thus far. Hamas rejected Egypt’s initial ceasefire proposal, and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s subsequent truce attempt was declined by … Continued

24 Jul 2014

Cameron under pressure to punish Putin oligarchs

Originally published in the Telegraph ‘David Cameron was under growing pressure yesterday to impose financial sanctions on oligarchs with British assets. MPs and diplomatic experts urged the prime minister to take action against businessmen close to President Putin’s regime as the most effective way to respond to the Russian leader’s support for Ukrainian separatists. Analysts … Continued

21 Jul 2014

Honor Diaries Screening

Speakers: Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Chief Executive of Karma Nirvana Raheel Raza, Human Rights Activist & President, Muslims Facing Tomorrow Diana Nammi, Executive Director, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) Moderated by Research Fellow Emily Dyer Time: 6pm – 8:45pm, Monday 21st July 2014 Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH View the event … Continued

18 Jul 2014

Die mörderische Hamas-Strategie

Originally published in Bild ‘Gaza – Sie gehen über Leichen: Für ihren Kampf gegen Israel opfern die Anführer der radikalislamischen Organisation Hamas im Gaza-Streifen ihre Landsleute. Die Terrororganisation schreckt nicht davor zurück, die Bewohner als menschliche Schutzschilde zu missbrauchen. Ob Familien, Kranke, Alte oder sogar Kinder. Der mörderische Plan: Die Hamas nutzt dicht besiedelte Wohngebiete zum … Continued

18 Jul 2014

Russia must come clean on its role in Eastern Ukraine plane crash

PRESIDENT PUTIN’S CLAIM “UKRAINE RESPONSIBLE” FOR MALAYSIAN AIRLINES TRAGEDY LABELLED “PREPOSTUROUS” After the Malyasia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine last night, the evidence from both US and Ukrainian officials increasingly suggests that pro-Russian separatists in the region are responsible.  The Buk missile believed to have brought down the plane has already … Continued

17 Jul 2014

Rosamund Urwin: Brutal control can never be called ‘honour’

Originally published in London Evening Standard ‘It’s a funny word, “honour”. In the dictionary, it’s defined as “the quality of knowing and doing what is morally right” and “high respect; great esteem”. Yet we often hear it attached to the most morally abhorrent behaviour, committed by perpetrators who deserve no respect. Families forcing girls into … Continued

14 Jul 2014

New foreign affairs select committee report on Iran slated as a political exercise to support a bad deal for UK security

Henry Jackson Society Think Tank which provided evidence for the report says “The Committee and by extension Parliament is failing to ask the right questions with sufficient force in advance of the deadline for the interim deal with Iran next week” The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee report “UK policy towards Iran”, to be … Continued

09 Jul 2014

Israel and Hamas: Democracy vs Terror

A HENRY JACKSON SOCIETY PRIMER ON THE CONTEXT OF OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE Following a barrage of over 100 rockets fired at Israeli civilian population centres by Hamas within 24 hours, Israeli reservists have been called up to prepare for the possibility of a ground offensive against the terror infrastructure Hamas has built in Gaza for … Continued

09 Jul 2014

Missing teenage sisters are ‘now in Syria’, police say

Originally published in The Independent ‘The family of teenagers Salma and Zahra Halane found their beds empty last month. Police now believe that they flew to Turkey then crossed the border into Syria. The girls, said to be deeply religious, have ignored the largely Somalian family’s pleas for them to return home and are believed … Continued

02 Jul 2014

Deterring Terror Tactics: Israel’s Kidnap Problem

A Strategic Briefing by The Henry Jackson Society Israel’s Strategic and Political Context Israel is facing an adversary that has proven extremely capable, displayed a total disregard for human rights and the laws of war and is pursuing asymmetric warfare utilising the full spectrum of strategic pain points.  The murder of the three teenagers by … Continued

30 Jun 2014

‘From Drone War to Closing Guantanamo: Continuing International Law Challenges for the Obama Administration’

SPEAKER: The Honorable John B. Bellinger III Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, 2005-2009 Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The White House, 2001-2005         TIME: 5.30 – 6.30, Monday 30th June 2014 VENUE: Committee Room 13, House of Commons, … Continued

27 Jun 2014

Lords debate the human rights situation in Egypt

Originally published in DeHavilland The UK would continue a close, frank dialogue with the Egyptian Government given that the country had “a very long way to go” in human rights terms, and was an influential touchstone for the Middle East, peers heard today. Responding to a debate on … Read the full article here

24 Jun 2014

‘From Pragmatism to Peril: Should the West Invest In Russia?’

SPEAKERS:  William Browder Founder and CEO Hermitage Capital Management Sir Andrew Wood GCMG Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme Chatham House Former British Ambassador to Russia TIME: 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 24th June 2014 VENUE: Committee Room 21, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to: researchassistant10@henryjacksonsociety.org Russia and the West have … Continued

19 Jun 2014

‘Common Rules for a Stronger European Banking Sector’

SPEAKER: Andrea Enria Chairperson of the European Banking Authority         TIME: 1 – 2pm, Thursday 19th June 2014 VENUE: Committee Room 8, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to: researchassistant7@henryjacksonsociety.org The European Banking Authority (EBA) was established as an independent EU authority in 2011 with the principal stated role of ensuring … Continued

19 Jun 2014

‘A Keynote Address by Gen. David H. Petraeus – US Army, Ret.’

SPEAKER: General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus Chairman of the KKR Global Institute Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2011 – 2012 Commander of NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, 2010 – 2011 Commander of the Multi-National Force – Iraq, 2007 – 2008 TIME: 11am – 12pm, Thursday 19th June 2014 VENUE: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, … Continued

19 Jun 2014

US scholar sounds alarm on self-censorship over China ties

Originally published on Times Higher Education ‘Chinese censorship of academics over issues such as freedom of expression and human rights is creeping into the US academy as universities sign often lucrative partnerships with the country’s institutions, an academic has warned. Thomas Cushman, professor of sociology at Wellesley College, was behind a letter from staff that … Continued

18 Jun 2014

‘Ukraine Crisis: Competing for Narrative and Countering Propaganda’

Event by The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society and The British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group   SPEAKERS:  Katya Gorchinskaya Deputy Chief Editor, Kyiv Post Regional Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Yevhen Fedchenko Director of the Mohyla School of Journalism, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Co-Founder, StopFake.org TIME: 4.30 – 5.30pm, Wednesday … Continued

17 Jun 2014

U.S. intelligence denies Iraq intelligence lapse

Originally published on WTOP ‘Questions have been raised about the U.S. intelligence presence inside Iraq, which was altered during the later years of the Iraq War — much of the collection duties were assumed by military assets. But not only did U.S. intelligence supposedly keep up with ISIL’s progress, “We also warned about the increasing … Continued

17 Jun 2014

‘What Now in the Fight Against Terror? Nigeria, Iraq and Radical Islam’s Assault on the Nation State’

SPEAKERS:  Jacob Zenn Analyst, African and Eurasian Affairs The Jamestown Foundation Robin Simcox Research Fellow The Henry Jackson Society Olivier Guitta Director of Research The Henry Jackson Society TIME: 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 17th June 2014 VENUE: Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA View the event summary   Jihadist groups around the … Continued

15 Jun 2014

Riot alert as Trojan Horse anger grows

Originally published in The Sunday Times HJS Research Fellow and Director of Student Rights Rupert Sutton has commented on reports that Carlton Bolling College in Bradford, a state school where it has been claimed that staff have foisted an ‘Islamic agenda’ upon pupils, made a sizeable donation to the charity ‘Interpal,’ a British charity working … Continued

12 Jun 2014

Iraq Crisis: Isis ‘Close to Realising Sunni Caliphate’

Originally published in the International Business Times HJS Research Fellow and expert on Al-Qaeda and her offshoots Robin Simcox has commented on the territorial ambitions of the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham’ (ISIS), in light of their conquest of Mosul and Tikrit. “The ambition is clearly Baghdad but they are in theory not capable … Continued

12 Jun 2014

Egypt’s shame: violent assaults on women

Originally published in The Globe and Mail ‘…At the dawn of the wretchedly misnamed Arab Spring, Westerners hoped the overthrow of a corrupt dictatorship would liberate Egypt’s women. Instead, it made things worse. Public order deteriorated. The military regime of the immediate post-Mubarak period imposed “virginity tests” on female protesters. When the Muslim Brotherhood came … Continued

11 Jun 2014

Alger et le dilemme libyen

Originally published in Hebdo al-Ahram ‘Selon des sources militaires citées par le quotidien Al-Watan, « 3 500 paras, soit un régiment complet, et un groupe de soutien et d’appui logistique de 1500 hommes sont déployés actuellement de l’autre côté de la frontière ». Le journal francophone, dans son édition du 8 juin, cite aussi une source diplomatique qui … Continued

11 Jun 2014

Chinese Intrusions into Anglosphere Higher Education: Consequences for Freedom

 SPEAKER: Professor Thomas Cushman  Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Carlson Professor in the Social Sciences Director of The Freedom Project Wellesley College, US         TIME: 1 – 2pm, Wednesday 11th June 2014 VENUE: Committee Room 19, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to: eventsassistant1@henryjacksonsociety.org In recent years there has been a substantial growth … Continued

11 Jun 2014

HJS Warnings Regarding The International Threat Posed By ISIS

Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, is now largely being controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS – a terrorist group that also operates in Syria and has been expelled from the al-Qaeda network for being overly fanatical – was able to take the city after Iraqi troops abandoned both their posts … Continued

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