Author: Rupert Sutton

28 Oct 2014

Event Summary: ‘Adam Smith’s Advice for Politicians’

This is a summary of an event with Russell Roberts, author, broadcaster and Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, chaired by Jesse Norman MP, on 28 October 2014; it reflects the views expressed by the speaker and not those of the Henry Jackson Society or its staff. Coinciding with the launch of his book, ‘Adam Smith’s Advice … Continued

30 Sep 2014

Extremists have no intention of changing their opinion of us

Originally Published in Left Foot Forward ‘Those who have chosen to side with IS will smear opponents whatever we do. As MPs returned to Parliament last week to overwhelmingly approve escalating British involvement in the US-led campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, a predictable backlash has emerged. Blaming the West for the … Continued

10 Sep 2014

Event Summary: ‘Radical Islamism in Indonesia and Militant Buddhism in Burma: Prospects for Pluralism in South-East Asia’

This is a summary of an event with Benedict Rogers, Kyaw Win and Al Khanif on 10th September 2014; it reflects the views expressed by the speakers and not those of the Henry Jackson Society or its staff. On 10 September 2014, Fiona Bruce MP and the Henry Jackson Society hosted an event discussing radical Islamism in Indonesia, and militant Buddhism … Continued

28 Aug 2014

The radical side of social media

Originally published in the Washington Times ‘The British accent heard from the man who brutally murdered U.S. journalist James Foley last week is another reminder that British citizens are traveling to Syria to join terrorist organizations in unprecedented numbers. In the past few years, the Internet, which quickly spread the grisly video of his death far and … Continued

03 Jul 2014

Can Hezbollah sustain Assad and itself?

Originally published in World Affairs ‘As Sunni fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) poured south into Iraq last month, a statement from Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the major Iraqi Shia militias battling rebel groups in Syria, announced it was withdrawing fighters to deal with this threat. That’s bad news for Basher al-Assad, … Continued

03 Jun 2014

Hezbollah Threatened by Iran’s Financial Woes

Originally published in World Affairs ‘Iran’s economy continues to flounder. It is hemorrhaging money in Syria, and years of sanctions have left it suffering from high unemployment (a quarter of youth are jobless) and the world’s second-highest inflation rate (20 percent), despite a minor boost provided by an interim nuclear agreement. Now, however, Iran’s economic woes are beginning to affect … Continued

22 May 2014

Outsider party wins will send a strong message to the EU

Originally published on PoliticsHome ‘In the past few months the ever-increasing presence of UKIP in the European election polls has dominated headlines in the UK, with the party seemingly able to weather regular controversies sparked by a number of candidate’s extreme views. As voters go to the polls across Europe UKIP is predicted to receive … Continued

09 Apr 2014

Event Summary: ‘War: What is it good for?’

This is a summary of an event with Professor Ian Morris, on the 9th April 2014; it reflects the views expressed by the speaker and not those of the Henry Jackson Society or its staff. To view a  full transcript of this event, click here. On the 9th April 2014 in the Houses of Parliament, Professor … Continued

18 Mar 2014

Event Summary: ‘Energy Infrastructure: How Vulnerable Is It?’

This is a summary of an event with Ambassador James Woolsey, on 18 March 2014; it reflects the views expressed by the speakers, not those of The Henry Jackson Society or its staff.  Ambassador James Woolsey, who served as the Director of Central Intelligence under President Clinton and represented the United States in the Negotiation for Conventional … Continued

04 Feb 2014

Hezbollah has Bigger Concerns in 2014 than Hariri Tribunal

First published in The International Business Times The assassination of the Sunni statesman Rafik Hariri in February 2005 transformed Lebanon’s political landscape, and since then the work of a UN Special Tribunal to investigate his death has faced obstruction by Hezbollah and its allies at every turn. With the tribunal getting underway on 16 January, … Continued

21 Nov 2013

Event Summary: ‘Global Anti-Semitism: A Crisis of Modernity’

This is a summary of an event with Dr Charles Asher Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy, on 21 November 2013; it reflects the views expressed by the speaker and not those of The Henry Jackson Society or its staff. To view the full transcript of the event, click here … Continued

04 Nov 2013

Tripoli: The Syrian War’s Forgotten Front

In the Lebanese city of Tripoli last week the news that Alawite community leader Ali Eid had been summoned by authorities in connection with the devastating car-bomb attacks of August 14th illustrates how supporters of the Assad regime in Lebanon are fighting on their own front outside of Syria. Violence broke out again on Thursday, … Continued

29 Oct 2013

‘Hezbollah’s Strategic Partnership with Iran’

SPEAKER: Dr. Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute TIME: 5 – 6pm, Tuesday 29th October 2013 VENUE: Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to: Since Iran’s Revolutionary Guards began training Lebanese Shiite militias in the Bekaa … Continued

05 Aug 2013

Palestinian peace talks obscure threat from the Sinai

With the potential resurrection of face to face peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the news, an escalation in rocket fire from Gaza in the past weeks appears to have slipped under the radar. The firing of three rockets from the Strip on 18 July, followed by one launched on the 22 July, two on 24 … Continued

25 Jul 2013

Hizbullah’s strategy backfiring

In years past the explosions of deadly car bombs were regular occurrences in Lebanon, often targeting those opposed to the role the Syrian government played in the country. Given this history, it is ironic that the bombing of the pro-Hizbullah neighbourhood of Dahiyeh on 9 July instead targeted the country’s most fervent supporters of the … Continued

25 Jun 2013

Challenges in the Middle East for the Coming Year

SPEAKER: General (res.) Danny Rothschild, Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya and Chairman of the Herzliya Conference Series, 2009-2013 TIME: 7 – 8pm, Tuesday 25th June, 2013 VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to: Louise Ellman MP Good evening everyone, I’m … Continued


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