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2020: President Trump Confronts Iran and Impeachment

19 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The start of 2020 has been busy for President Trump and Trump Administration lawyers. The U.S. drone attack on January 3 that killed Qasem Soleimani has raised numerous questions under U.S. and international law. Twelve days later, the U.S. House of Representatives delivered articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate, charging President Trump with abuse of his office and obstruction of Congress. The Senate’s trial of President Trump began on January 21.

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to a fascinating talk where John Bellinger, formerly the Legal Adviser to the Department of State and the National Security Council in the George W. Bush Administration, will discuss legal aspects of the U.S. impeachment proceedings as well as the killing of Soleimani. He will also review the Trump Administration’s approach to international law over the last three years. Mr. Bellinger served as counsel for U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor in the impeachment proceedings.

 

 

John B. Bellinger III is a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, and co-head of the firm’s Global Law and Policy Practice.  He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Bellinger served as The Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from April 2005 to January 2009.  He previously managed Secretary Rice’s Senate confirmation and co-directed her State Department transition team.  Mr. Bellinger represented the United States before the International Court of Justice in Mexico v. United States (Medellin) and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and negotiated a number of treaties and international agreements, including the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.  He received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Mr. Bellinger served from 2001 to 2005 as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House, where he was the principal lawyer for the National Security Adviser and the NSC staff.  He previously served as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department (1997-2001), as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1996), and as Special Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster (1988-1991).

He is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law; one of four U.S. Members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; and a member of the U.S. “National Group,” which nominates judges to the International Court of Justice.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Council of the American Law Institute, and the boards of the Stimson Center, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the American Ditchley Foundation, and Foreign Affairs magazine.  Mr. Bellinger testifies regularly before Congress, has lectured at numerous U.S. and foreign universities and law schools, and is the author of many articles and op-eds on international law issues.  He is a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog.

Mr. Bellinger received his A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

 

 

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John B. Bellinger III

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Elif Shafak: How to Remain Sane in the Age of Populism, Pessimism and Political Uncertainty

20th June 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

According to Elif Shafak, culture and literature matters. It becomes especially relevant in the age of populism, pessimism and political uncertainty. In fact, most of the conflicts which we are experiencing today within our societies are related to culture. And yet the culture and literature are often ignored in political analyses. Elif Shafak thinks that … Continued

The Geopolitics of 5G Supply Chain Security

19th June 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The development of 5G wireless networks promises to have a revolutionary impact on telecommunications technology, increasing the speed, reliability, and responsiveness of wireless networks. These enhanced capabilities will enable new possibilities for growth and business in health care, self-driving cars, automated industries, and telemedicine. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications Policy at the … Continued

The Decline of the German Political Establishment

17th June 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Germany, like many countries in the West, is witnessing decline in support for long-standing establishment parties. The CDU/CSU and SPD recently recorded their lowest vote shares for a European Parliament Election, with the Greens and Alternative für Deutschland making electoral advances. Indeed, with the Greens quickly establishing itself as the leading progressive political party in … Continued

Venezuelan Crisis: Destroying the Amazon and the Pemon People to Sustain the Maduro Regime

11th June 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The unfolding crisis in Venezuela represents a major challenge not only for the country’s citizens, but also for the international community. Venezuela is facing economic collapse on a scale unprecedented for a country not at war; the IMF forecasts that inflation will reach 10million% this year. Some Venezuelans have responded by emigrating, leading to one of … Continued

Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square: China’s Dissolution of One Country, Two Systems in Hong Kong

10th June 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the events culminating in the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4th 1989, it is important to note that the Chinese Communist Party does not – despite its insistence on this point – speak for all Chinese. Nowhere is that more true than Hong Kong, where strong identity issues have arisen over the … Continued

Lieutenant General Eric Wesley: ‘The Future of Land Warfare in a Changing Strategic Environment’

6th June 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As the strategic environment changes, planning for state-on-state military confrontation has re-emerged. Non-state actors – perhaps assisted by revisionist powers – have also not gone away. This less benign strategic environment is emerging at a time of military technological change, with the development of direct energy weapons, autonomous and semi-autonomous systems, and cyber capabilities. All … Continued

Dissecting the Election Results: What Is Next for India?

5th June 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The BJP had an impressive victory in the 2019 General Election, emerging as the single largest party garnering more vote share than it had in 2014. The opposition Indian National Congress, failed to improve on its dismal 2014 showing and now faces an existential crisis. The BJP's win came as a personal vote of confidence … Continued

Michael Mandelbaum: The Rise and Fall Of Peace on Earth

28th May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In the twenty-five years after 1989, the world enjoyed the deepest peace in history. In The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth, the eminent foreign policy scholar Michael Mandelbaum examines that remarkable quarter century, describing how and why the peace was established and then fell apart. To be sure, wars took place in this … Continued

Geopolitics by Other Means: The Indo-Pacific

24th May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Asia-Pacific has become the Indo-Pacific region as the US, Japan, Australia and India have decided to join forces and scale-up their political, economic and security cooperation. The message coming from Washington, Tokyo, Canberra and Delhi is clear: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is no longer the only game in town and Beijing’s policymakers better get ready … Continued

National Populism and the European Parliament Elections

23rd May 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In recent times, national populism has been on the march in much of the Western world. 2016 was a year of political earthquakes, with the UK voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President of the United States. In 2017, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen won over … Continued

Western Balkans: Geopolitical Interests and Orientations

22nd May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Twenty years after NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia, the Western Balkans countries are beset by economic, political, and social uncertainty. The promise of membership to the European Union, which has been a driver of reform in the region, has still not yet materialised for all-but-one country. Security issues are again at the fore of regional politics. … Continued

Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP: Modernising the British Armed Forces

21st May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In light of the publication of the Modernising Defence Programme in December 2018, which recognised the emergence of a more volatile and competitive world system, it has been argued that the United Kingdom is being forced once again to revisit its strategic defence posture. For over three centuries, Britain has acted as a custodian of … Continued

Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West

20th May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The relationship between Russia and the West is once again deep in crisis. A major reason for this is that Western leaders have too often believed (or hoped) that Russia sees the world as they do. But things look very different from Moscow. In confronting the West, Russia is implementing strategic and doctrinal approaches that … Continued

Defending our Data: Huawei, 5G, and the Five Eyes

16th May 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The movement of internet communications technology (ICT) toward the fifth generation of wireless networks will provide a profound change in latency, data speed and volume, allowing for new technologies – such as agriculture or delivery drones, self-driving vehicles, and other data-driven tech. The deployment of 5G promises substantial job creation, global leadership, with first-movers set … Continued

Political Prisoners Of Russia

15th May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Over the past ten years, the level of repression has been rising steadily in Russia. Several hundred prisoners of conscience and political prisoners are today imprisoned or detained in the country, a figure comparable to that in the late Soviet Union. Elena Sannikova, a veteran of Soviet dissent, will speak about the forms of moral … Continued

Ambassador Eizenstat: “Trans-Atlantic relations: From Carter to Trump”

14th May 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The special relationship is under strain. President Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to foreign policy together and the uncertainty caused by Brexit have led to a period of flux in the UK-US’ trans-Atlantic alliance. Based on his extensive experience as an American diplomat and attorney, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat will analyse the current and future of the … Continued

Women’s Voices in Foreign Affairs and International Security

13th May 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On March 29, the United Nations adopted Security Council Resolution 2367 on sexual violence in conflict. Questions have been raised, however, over the omission of language regarding sexual and reproductive health following opposition from the United States on grounds that such language implies support for abortions. It has become increasingly important to shed light on … Continued

Terrorist Manifestos of the Far-Right

9th May 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Following the devastating terrorist attacks in Christchurch, the New Zealand government acted swiftly to ban the pre-attack “manifesto” produced by sole assailant Brenton Tarrant. The writing of manifestos is a hallmark of modern far-right terrorism, with the likes of Anders Breivik and Dylann Roof both producing documents explaining the motivations behind their terrorist attacks. In … Continued

From Satellites to Ships: China’s Island-Building in the South China Sea

2nd May 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In late 2013, the People’s Republic of China began building and fortifying islands across a number of reefs in the South China Sea. These bases, built at immense cost, underscored China’s maritime strategy to dominate one of the world’s most important waterways and overturn decades of established international law, creating in effect a “Chinese lake”. … Continued

How Russia Abuses Western Judiciaries

30th April 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A report published last year by the Atlantic Council, a leading US think tank, highlighted Russia’s extensive manipulation of the US justice system. This is a little-known, but important, channel through which the Kremlin undermines Western democracies by using these democracies own institutions against themselves. Issuing Interpol Red Notices to critics, mounting libel actions, and … Continued

Pascal Lamy: Brexit – What’s Next?

29th April 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

As the prospect of British withdrawal from the European Union has been pushed back beyond the original date (29th March 2019), Brexit has created more and more uncertainty. By relying on his extensive experience and expertise, the former European Commissioner for Trade and Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy will present his views … Continued

The Wealth Effect: How the Great Expectations of the Middle Class Have Changed the Politics of Banking Crises

9th April 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The rising wealth of middle class households and voters has transformed the politics of banking crises. At this event, Jeffrey Chwieroth will explain how mass political demand has contributed to rising financial fragility and political instability and discontent in contemporary democracies. In their new book, The Wealth Effect: How the Great Expectations of the Middle … Continued

Countdown to the Indian General Elections: What Should We Expect?

8th April 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In the state elections in December 2018, the big loser was the BJP, which had won 62 of 65 Lok Sabha seats in these states in the Modi Wave of 2014. But the BJP’s loss was not just Congress’ gain. Other parties also gained at BJP’s expense. Looking ahead to the 2019 General Elections, the … Continued

Digital Terrorism and Hate: A Contemporary Crisis

4th April 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With incidents of terrorism and extremism increasing around the world – and from a variety of different sources including Islamists, the Far Right and the Far Left – what are the trends explaining how the purveyors of hate are succeeding in getting their messages through to would-be acolytes? And what should we be aware of when … Continued

Key Developments in Belarus and the 2020 Presidential Election

3rd April 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Belarus has received increased international attention over recent years, much of which has focused on Russia’s ambitions towards the country. While Belarus remains a Soviet-style authoritarian state, authorities have loosened their grip on power, a sign many analysts see as an attempt to stay on good terms with the West. Minsk’s own intentions and capabilities … Continued

Indo-Pacific Report Launch

2nd April 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

According to the Asia Development Bank, Asia will need $1.7 trillion a year in investment in infrastructure if it is to continue current growth rates. Its ability to provide that is well-below that figure. In 2013, China stepped up its own contribution by creating the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to enhance connectivity … Continued

Thomas L. Friedman: The World in 2019

2nd April 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We live in uncertain times. From Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as US president, to Russia’s revisionism and China’s stagnating economy, international affairs are increasingly unpredictable. Thomas L. Friedman will answer questions including: What are the forces reshaping the world today? How has the West to responded to these? And what more should the West … Continued

The Illiberalist’s Temptation of Democracy

21st March 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A new form of democracy is giving birth. A disturbing, profound movement of the yellow vests, like the great Jacqueries - the famous peasant revolts in the Middle Ages in France, carries the risk of contagion throughout Europe and is jeopardizing the liberal democratic model. At this event, we will explore the Illiberalist’s temptations of … Continued

The Consequences of Brexit for Britain and Europe

19th March 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Entry into the European Community in 1973 was a momentous event - with seismic consequences for British politics and the constitution. Brexit is likely to have equally momentous consequences both for our constitution - on Parliament, on the courts, on individual rights, and, above all on he question of whether the United Kingdom can be held … Continued

Lord Carlile: 40 Years of Terrorism Legislation Reviews

13th March 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With returning IS fighters and uncertainty over Brexit, concerns surrounding human rights, civil liberties and national security have never been greater. Is our current terrorism legislation fit for purpose? Are our national efforts to prevent radicalisation working? Should we introduce new powers to curb the return of British-born terrorists? Lord Carlile will analyse these critical … Continued

Movie Screening of Putin’s Hostages: Ukrainian Political Prisoners

12th March 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Putin’s Hostages: Ukrainian Political Prisoners of the Kremlin is a documentary about the roughly 70 Ukrainians political prisoners incarcerated throughout Russia and occupied Crimea. These prisoners are held in conditions that threaten their health, life, and human dignity. Many of them are kept in long-term isolated confinement, with devastating effects on their mental health. … Continued

The Two-State Solution: Is it still viable? Was it ever?

11th March 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In the eyes of many, the prospect of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is diminishing. With peace talks stalling and the current political climate in Israel in flux, options for how to deal with the enduring conflict have arguably fallen by the wayside. The outcome of the Israeli elections, that will take place … Continued

Global Britain and Japan

7th March 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For the past decade, Japan and the United Kingdom have been forming a closer strategic partnership, to extent that the two countries declared that they regard one another as each other’s “closest security partners respectively in Asia and Europe.” As two of the world’s leading powers, Britain and Japan have the power to lay the … Continued

A Strategic Assessment Of Israel’s Frontiers

7th March 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For Israel, security concerns not only span the volatile region it inhabits but also transcend to threats from far further afield. At this event Mr. Yaakov Peri, former Director of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, will present his strategic assessment of Israel’s frontiers to the North, South, East, West and also in space. He … Continued

Russian Cyber Attacks and Propaganda in the West

6th March 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Although in recent years the Russian state’s information warfare capabilities have been increasingly tested in the West, falsified narratives, manipulation of facts and psychological influence are still one of the most effective tools at the Kremlin’s strategic disposal. A lot has been said and written about Russia’s disinformation and propaganda successes. However, there is still … Continued

The Future is Asian

6th March 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The 'Asian Century' is even bigger than you think. Far greater than just China, a new re-ordering of Asia is taking shape over multi-civilisational region spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan, Russia to Australia, Turkey to Indonesia—linking five billion people through trade, finance, infrastructure, and diplomatic networks that together represent 40 percent of global GDP. China … Continued

Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, on ‘Preserving the Freedom of the Asia Pacific’

5th March 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to host Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Former Australian Prime Minister, for a special event chaired by Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, to discuss "Preserving the Freedom of the Asia Pacific in an Age of Great Power Rivalry". The UK-Australia relationship is one of enduring defence, … Continued

StrategEast Westernization Report

28th February 2019 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 pm

Since the end of the Cold War, the 15 successor states to the Soviet Union have adopted different paths to their economic and political transition. Some, like those in the Baltics, have become democratic and liberal, while others, such as Belarus and Tajikistan, remain authoritarian regimes. 'The Westernization Report', issued by the Washington D.C.-based StrategEast … Continued

Radicalising Our Children

27th February 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Separating a child from their family is one of the most drastic actions a court can take. However, family courts in the United Kingdom have had to make difficult decisions on what happens to children at risk of radicalisation. Many of these children are part of families that love and care for them, but still … Continued

Eastern European Security: 5 Years from Maidan

26th February 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in early 2014, gave rise to fears that the Kremlin might try its luck militarily elsewhere in eastern Europe. That has not (yet) happened, but the prospect that it might nevertheless has led to a fundamental reassessment of European security. NATO now has thousands of troops, armour and aircraft stationed in … Continued

Women’s Voices In Extremism

25th February 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It is clear that women serve as facilitators, supporters, and instigators of violence in terrorist movements. This panel will discuss women’s voices in extremism. What role do women play in the radicalisation process? Are women’s voices heard in setting the government agenda of deradicalisation? With the collapse of Islamic State and an increasing flow of … Continued

UNWRA: Time for a Rethink?

19th February 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There are many reasons why the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians has foundered. One of the most contentious issues between the two sides has been “the Right of Return” of Palestinian refugees to Israel proper, and how many such people will be allowed to enter Israel as part of any peace deal. In recent years the work … Continued

The Price of Prosperity

12th February 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As President Donald Trump confounds Washington DC and promises to reshape policy from taxation to healthcare to foreign affairs, governments and companies must grapple with crucial questions: Can the President’s tax cuts keep the economy strong, despite worldwide worries over Brexit and trade disputes? Will the Federal Reserve keep its independence?  Will the U.S. build up bigger and bigger … Continued

Evolution of Russia’s Foreign Policy: 5 Years from Maidan

6th February 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Five years ago next month, Russia annexed Crimea in the first forcible annexation of the territory of a European country since 1945. It would, in quick succession, go on to invade eastern Ukraine. The war Russia waged – which has claimed over 10,000 lives, almost a third of them civilians – generated considerable popularity for … Continued

Britain’s Strategic Interest in South China Sea

30th January 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In late August last year stories began to emerge in the media of a confrontation between the Royal Navy and the People’s Republic of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in the South China Sea. At the time, it was rumoured that HMS Albion, an amphibious assault ship, had challenged some form of unlawful or … Continued

Nationalism and Internationalism in the Age of Populism

28th January 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Western liberalism is under attack, not only at home also but from newly-emboldened authoritarian states abroad. Across the West, states have begun to change their domestic and foreign policies to adjust to the new realities of increasing populism, growing Chinese and Russian power, and uncertain American commitment. For the first time since the end of … Continued

Ukraine: 5 Years on from Maidan

24th January 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In January 2014, Ukraine’s then-President Victor Yanukovych passed a series of ‘anti-protest’ laws to quash growing unrest in the country. Within weeks, he would flee for Russia. This was the culmination of three months of protests, which had begun when Yanukovych refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. Following Yanukovych’s toppling, Ukraine … Continued

The Sarawak Report

17th January 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The 1MDB scandal, the theft of billions of dollars from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the attempt to cover it up became ‘Southeast Asia’s Watergate’, in 2018 bringing down the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak after 61 years of single-party power. Beyond that, it has had repercussions throughout the global banking sector, is shaking Goldman … Continued

Global Britain and the Future of Europe

16th January 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, its position in relation to the continental mainland is once again in the spotlight. Since the Second World War, Britain's principal objective has been to underscore - alongside the United States - the defence of Europe, first against German resurgence, then against the Soviet menace, and … Continued

The Full English Brexit

14th January 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“Whether we like it or not, Brexit will happen at 11 PM on 29 March 2019. That much is sure and is what the people voted for in a free and fair Referendum. What is less clear, and something which only the bravest of soothsayers would have a shot at predicting is what Britain will be like after … Continued

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

14th January 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies: thriving cities versus the provinces, the highly-skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So … Continued

Understanding the Uighur Situation in Xinjiang

10th January 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In August of last year, human rights experts in the UN called on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to release the nearly one-million Uighurs that have been interned in re-education camps, under the pretext of countering terrorism. The historic parallels of detentions based on religious identity in the 20th century are obvious. And yet, … Continued

Lessons from Churchill for the Contemporary Age

8th January 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Since the last major biography of Churchill, forty-one sets of papers have been deposited at the Churchill Archives, and The Queen has allowed Dr. Andrew Roberts to be the first Churchill biographer to read her late father King George VI’s diary records of Churchill’s weekly audiences with him during the Second World War. He also … Continued

Future Politics

19th December 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? Jamie Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies – from artificial intelligence to virtual reality - will transform the way we live together. A ground-breaking work of political analysis, Future … Continued

Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future

12th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Though mankind has traded tangible goods for millennia, recent technology has changed the fundamentals of trade, in both legitimate and illegal economies. In the past three decades, the most advanced forms of illicit trade have broken with all historical precedents and, as Dark Commerce shows, now operate as if on steroids, tied to computers and social media. … Continued

Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order – Implications for “Global Britain”

4th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

China’s Belt and Road strategy is acknowledged to be the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land and sea, it will affect every element of global society, from shipping to agriculture, digital economy to tourism, politics to culture. Most importantly, it symbolises a new phase in China’s ambitions as a superpower: to remake the world economy … Continued

Why Middle Eastern Jewish Refugees Are Key to Understanding and Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict

27th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jews lived continuously in the Middle East and North Africa for almost 3,000 years. But in just 50 years, indigenous communities outside Palestine almost totally disappeared as more than 99 percent of the Jewish population fled. Until the mass exodus of Christians and Yazidis, the post-1948 displacement of more than 850,000 Jewish refugees was the largest movement of … Continued

Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

22nd November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

India and Turkey were the two exemplars of twentieth-century ‘secular states’ outside of the West. Professor Sumantra Bose believes that in the early 21st century Hanafi-Sunni Islamists have decisively taken over the state in Turkey, and in India Hindu nationalists have emerged as by far the leading political force. What explains the collapse, in all but … Continued

Movie screening ‘Better Angels’

21st November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At a time when the world’s two acknowledged superpowers seem to be moving closer towards economic and political conflict, a new feature documentary by two-time Academy Award®–winning director Malcolm Clarke explores how the destiny of both countries became so deeply and inextricably intertwined. By examining the day-to-day lives of ordinary Chinese and American citizens this … Continued

Nationalist Populism and the Future of Political Risk in the West

20th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The political events of recent years have sent shockwaves throughout the established order of Western liberal democracies. Election after election has thrown up astonishing results, with the traditional parties on the back foot as populist and fringe candidates/parties make historical gains. Can we view these years of instability as a cathartic release, ahead of a … Continued

Global Britain and Vietnam

20th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As global trade becomes increasingly maritime in nature, so too it is beginning to follow the centre of the global economy, from the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific. Over the past decade, the Indo-Pacific has become a new fulcrum for trade and geopolitics linking the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the Asia-Pacific. ASEAN, the US, Australia, India, … Continued

The McCain Legacy and the Magnitsky Act

15th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The United States’ adoption of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 marked a watershed in America’s, and the West’s, relations with Russia. The Act allowed the US to freeze the assets and withhold the visas of people who are violating human rights globally. Similar legislation has since been adopted in the … Continued

The Future of ‘Global Britain’ as a ‘Seapower State’

13th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Prof. Andrew Lambert’s new book, Seapower States examines how Britain and four other seapowers used their special identities to inform their decision-making, enabling them to achieve success disproportionate to their size. Lambert shows how creating maritime identities made these states more dynamic, open, and inclusive than their lumbering continental rivals. He argues that it was only … Continued

The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

8th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dave Rich’s updated edition of The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism (2018) contends that antisemitism is a ‘sickness’ at the heart of left-wing British politics that has become increasingly insidious in recent years. Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and the multitude of antisemitism scandals in his labour party have shone a new spotlight on … Continued

Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters

6th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

At a time when economics and politics are ever more polarized between left and right,  Jesse Norman MP in his 'Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters' offers a Smithian analysis of contemporary markets, predatory capitalism and the 2008 financial crash, returns us to first principles and shows how the lost centre of a modern public … Continued

The Road to Unfreedom

5th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Long before the election of Donald Trump, Timothy Snyder began to issue warnings concerning threats to American democracy. A leading expert in European history, he is well-versed in the events that saw early-twentieth-century Europe yield to fascism, Nazism, and communism. Snyder does not believe history repeats itself, but he does believe it instructs—and what he … Continued

Women, Peace and Security Index

1st November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The status of women offers key insights into a nation's prosperity and security. The first-ever Women, Peace and Security Index offers a comprehensive measure of women's well-being and empowerment in homes, communities, and societies. Drawing on internationally recognized data, it ranks 153 countries on women's inclusion, justice, and security, and reveals important patterns as well as … Continued

Polonium, Novichok, Propaganda

23rd October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 2000, a defining trait of his regime has been its use of politically-motivated assassinations to silence its critics and opponents. Such assassinations have almost always been accompanied by disinformation campaigns in which Russia’s state-run media outlets have played a central role. In early September, Alex Goldfarb, … Continued

Women and Sharia Law

17th October 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Human Rights activist and Arab scholar Dr. Elham Manea in her book Women and Sharia Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in the UK explored the effects of multiculturalism and legal pluralism in the West, offering a passionate critique of the growing ‘homogenising’ of cultures, and analysing the extent to which Muslim women suffer when liberal societies bow … Continued

Global Britain and the South China Sea

16th October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the past 4 years, the People’s Republic of China has built a number of fortress islands in the South China Sea, across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The move has strategic implications for trading nations, in Europe and Asia. With more than 12% of its trade transiting the sea lane and a … Continued

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back

15th October 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moneyland is the secret country of the wealthy and unscrupulous, the place where they put their assets, their children and themselves to escape scrutiny and oversight. Some 10 percent of all the money in the world has been stashed in this liminal offshore place, making it the third richest country in the world, with dramatic … Continued

How Russia Abuses Interpol – And How To Stop It

25th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

It is widely recognised that Russia abuses Interpol. Russia uses the International Criminal Police Organization to harass dissidents, political opponents, human rights activists, and businessmen who have fallen foul of Vladimir Putin’s regime. What is less well recognised, however, is how Russia does this – the mechanisms that Russia abuses, and the ways this abuse … Continued

Ending the Endless War? A New Strategy for Afghanistan

17th September 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Afghanistan War has now lasted for 17 years, and estimates suggest has cost the US government upwards of $750 billion in prosecuting it. While the reasons for engagement in the first place post- 9/11 were obvious and necessary, what has been dubbed “The Endless War” seems to show no signs of ending. A succession … Continued

Under Siege: The Persecution of Minorities in the Middle East

13th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Middle East remains one of the most tumultuous regions in the world today, with its many ethnic and religious minorities often suffering more than most. Every day millions of people in that region suffer from persecution at the hands of tyrannical regimes and militant groups. While the West often turns a blind eye, atrocities … Continued

UK-US Financial Cooperation After Brexit

13th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The level of cooperation between the United Kingdom and the United States has been described as “unparalleled” among major powers. However, as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, many commentators are asking what the future holds for the ‘Special Relationship’ in terms of economic activity and commerce post-Brexit. The Henry Jackson Society is pleased … Continued

HJS Report Launch: Negotiating the Peace: Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

12th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The past 18 months have seen an immense amount of economic, diplomatic, and even military activity relating to the Korean Peninsula. The development of a North Korean nuclear weapons system capable of reaching the US mainland – and thus potentially cancelling out the US nuclear umbrella over South Korea – has led to a strong … Continued

Nine Lives: My Time as MI6’s Top Spy Inside Al-Qaeda

11th September 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden himself. As a double agent at the heart of al-Qaeda's chemical weapons programme, he foiled attacks on civilians and saved countless lives, brushing with death so often that his handlers … Continued

Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

6th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The most dangerous threat we face today is no longer military, but rather the increasingly pervasive exposure of our personal information. Nothing undermines our freedom more than losing control of information about ourselves. In addition to social media and online browsing, shopping and streaming, our smart devices—from iPhones to the car GPS, from Fitbit to … Continued

President Trump, the EU and the UK

30th August 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 by explicitly rejecting the foreign policy of recent presidents, Democrat and Republican. Perhaps nowhere was this rejection clearer than with regard to U.S. policy towards the European Union. Whereas past U.S. presidents sought to nurture the EU, Trump has denounced the EU as a "foe" and called for more "Brexits." … Continued

HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION

23rd August 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To book for our next event, Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age, press here.   SPEAKERS: Dr Brian Klaas and Professor Nic Cheeseman, co-authors, How to Rig an Election Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian leaders who agree to hold elections are generally able to remain in power longer than autocrats who … Continued

END OF AN ERA: HOW CHINA’S AUTHORITARIAN REVIVAL IS UNDERMINING ITS RISE

31st July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: Professor Carl Minzner, author, End of an Era China’s reform era is ending. Core factors that characterised its political stability, ideological openness, and rapid economic growth are unravelling. Since the 1990s, Beijing’s leaders have firmly rejected any fundamental reform of their authoritarian one-party political system, even as a decades-long boom has reshaped China’s economy and society. … Continued

COLLAPSE: EUROPE AFTER THE EUROPEAN UNION

24th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr Ian Kearns, author, Collapse: Europe After the European Union Could the European Union collapse in the near future? Following the Brexit vote, and amid the rise of terrorism, a still vulnerable single currency, the growing threat from Russia, a staggering refugee crisis and spiralling Euroscepticism, many have wondered how long the EU can survive. … Continued

IN THE SHADOW OF THE AMIA BOMBING: GLOBAL TERROR AND THE THREAT TODAY

18th July 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: His Excellency Renato Carlos Sersale di Cerisano - The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Dr. Shimon Samuels - Director for International Relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre; Anita Weinstein - AMIA Bombing Survivor; Michael Caplan QC - International Criminal Law Consultant; Dr. Ariel Gelblung - Latin-American Representative at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and … Continued

RUSSIA’S ASSASSINATIONS ABROAD

17th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Marina Litvinenko, activist and campaigner; Luke Harding, Guardian correspondent; and Giles Udy, historian and author During Vladimir Putin’s time in power a number of his critics and opponents have been murdered – both inside and outside of Russia. The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018 brought this issue back to the headlines. It recalled … Continued

PESHMERGA: ‘THOSE WHO FACE DEATH’

16th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  SPEAKER: Dr Simon Ross Valentine, author, Peshmerga: 'Those Who Face Death' Before the invasion of northern Iraq by ISIS in 2014 few people in the West knew where Kurdistan was as a region, and even fewer had heard of the Peshmerga as a fighting force. This has now changed. With the appearance of ISIS, the … Continued

TRUMP AND TRADE DEFICITS

9th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr Linda Yueh, economist and author As we anticipate the visit of President Donald Trump to the UK, many are wondering (and worrying) that his brand of America First will see increasing pressure on the UK, particularly in the form of tariffs. As always, the US leader will most likely focus on trade deficit … Continued

BY MORE THAN PROVIDENCE: GRAND STRATEGY AND AMERICAN POWER IN THE ASIA PACIFIC SINCE 1783

5th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Dr Michael Green - Author of By More Than Providence and Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS; Dr Alessio Patalano - Reader in War Studies, KCL; and Dr John Hemmings - Director, Asia Studies Centre, HJS Such has been the impact of Michael Green’s new book that Defence Secretary General Mattis has … Continued

GLOBAL BRITAIN AND INDIA: A NEW ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’?

3rd July 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In the midst of some great changes in the international system, countries have been left with the qaundry of how they wish to respond. As Britain reshapes its global future, it will increasingly turn to other partners and allies. Britain’s shift from the European continent will arguably give it more space to act in the … Continued

BELLINGCAT, OPEN SOURCE INVESTIGATIONS, AND THE TRUTH ABOUT MH17

2nd July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SPEAKER: Eliot Higgins, Founder of Bellingcat The destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 shocked the world. Russia quickly unleashed a disinformation campaign on a scale not seen in the post-Cold War years. In response, the West announced a number of multi-national and national investigations into the downing. When Russia’s lies … Continued

ASIAN WATERS: THE STRUGGLE OVER THE ASIA-PACIFIC AND THE STRATEGY OF CHINESE EXPANSION

27th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Humphrey Hawksley, author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the Asia-Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion ; Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow with the Asia Programme of Chatham House and Dr Euan Graham, Director, International Security Programme at the Lowy Institute Few territories are as hotly contested as the western Pacific Ocean. Across the 1.5 million square mile … Continued

THE SECRET WORLD: A HISTORY OF INTELLIGENCE

26th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ANDREW, Author of The Secret World: A History of Intelligence Partly because of official secrecy, no 20th century profession was as ignorant of its history as the intelligence community. The celebrated Bletchley Park codebreakers who broke Hitler’s ciphers in WW2 had no idea that their predecessors had broken French ciphers during the Napoleonic … Continued

BETWEEN KIN AND COSMOPOLIS: AN ETHIC OF THE NATION

20th June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PROFESSOR NIGEL BIGGAR, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Oxford University, in conversation with Douglas Murray The nation-state is here to stay. Thirty years ago it was fashionable to predict its imminent demise, but the sudden break-up of the Soviet Union in the 1990s unshackled long-repressed nationalisms and generated a host of new states. … Continued

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

19th June 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SPEAKER: EHUD OLMERT, former Prime Minister of Israel It’s been 10 years since the last meaningful peace deal was put forward by Israel to the Palestinians. That peace deal included the creation of a special committee consisting of representatives from five nations to manage the religious sites in Jerusalem. It went on to offer a … Continued

HORIZON 2020: WHAT WILL THE MIDTERMS TELL US ABOUT THE FUTURE OF U.S. ELECTIONS?

13th June 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Whatever one’s feelings toward the outcome of the 2016 US elections, there can be no doubting the historic impact and significance of the election itself – the selection of the candidates, the legal challenges, and the thus far unheard of influence of social media. By kind invitation of Nigel Evans MP, the Henry Jackson Society … Continued

NATO: EUROPEAN SECURITY AT A TIME OF TRANSATLANTIC UNCERTAINTY

12th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As Britain considers its relationship with Europe, European security has never been more precarious, with Russian revanchism on the rise at NATO’s borders. The subversive activities that it carries out inside Europe, and its claims on the Arctic will present the Western Alliance with real challenges. In the meantime, there are shifts inside Europe – … Continued

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HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “DEFENDING EUROPE: ‘GLOBAL BRITAIN’ AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN GEOPOLITICS”

11th June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, geopolitics is returning to the European continent. Germany and France are squabbling to define the future of European integration. Russia continues to menace its European neighbours, and British allies and partners. China is surging in Asia, with growing interests in Europe, the final destination for its Belt … Continued

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