‘Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia’ in conversation with Timothy Frye

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‘Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia’ in conversation with Timothy Frye

9th September 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On 19th September, Russia goes to the polls for parliamentary elections. A resounding win for the ruling United Russia party, with some seats allotted to the pre-approved systemic ‘opposition’, is a foregone conclusion. Meanwhile, the Kremlin’s stranglehold on Russian politics, and Russian political life, appears to be growing ever more constrictive.

It is easy, and often encouraged, to explain the increasingly dictatorial state of Russian politics exclusively through the person of Vladimir Putin. But the Kremlin’s grip on power is not a monopoly and it depends not on Putin’s omnipotence, but rather on the trade-offs, compromises and informal structures that typify authoritarian regimes around the world.

To look beyond Putin and explain how power and politics work in Russia, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to be joined by Professor Timothy Frye. Discussing both his book, Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia, and the upcoming parliamentary elections, Professor Frye will answer important questions, such as: How popular is Putin?; Is Russian propaganda effective?; Can Russian cyber warriors really decide elections in the USA or Europe? The Henry Jackson Society invites you to join us and contribute some of your own questions on power, Putin, and politics in Russia today. 

 

Professor Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University and a research director at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His books include ‘Property Rights and Property Wrongs: How Power, Institutions, and Norms Shape Economic Conflict in Russia’ and ‘Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy‘. His work draws on three decades of his own on-the-ground experience and research in and on Russia.

 

Dr Jade McGlynn is the Associate Director of Research at the Henry Jackson Society, where she previously worked as a Research Fellow specialising in Russian political culture and foreign relations. Prior to joining HJS, Jade worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Oxford. Jade holds a DPhil in Russian from the University of Oxford, where she also gained her BA in Russian and Spanish. She also has a Masters by Research in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham. Jade has published in various media outlets, leading academic journals, think tank reports, and collected volumes, and she is currently finalising a manuscript on the politics of memory in Putin’s Russia.

 

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9th September 2021
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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Henry Jackson Society
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Dr Timothy Frye, Dr Jade McGlynn

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A man-made famine that plagued the Soviet republic of Ukraine between 1932 and 1933, Holodomor remains one of the darkest moments in Ukrainian history. Millions died of starvation, yet controversy remains regarding this event. While some countries have recognised Holodomor as a genocide, including Ukraine, the United States and Canada, others refute claims that the … Continued

Magnitsky Sanctions: What Next?

18th November 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Magnitsky Sanctions” have proven to be one of the most successful attempts to punish human rights malefactors in the history of global justice movements. Named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – who uncovered a massive $230 million fraud committed by tax officials in the Russian Interior Ministry in 2007 and was jailed for his efforts … Continued

How Can We Fight Back Against Antisemitism on Campus?

27th October 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Antisemitism has been on the rise in recent years with a record number of hate crimes against Jews being registered during the most recent conflict in the Middle East. Students have felt the full force of this resurgence, perhaps more than most other demographics. The swift switch to the online world during Covid-19, as well … Continued

Why Now? What Do China’s Actions Tell Us About Their New Foreign Policy

26th October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Only two years ago over one million Hongkongers took to the streets to demand the withdrawal of a bill which would have permitted extradition to mainland China. The protestors list of grievances grew. Protest and civil disobedience continued until early 2020 when Covid-19 brought mass gatherings to an end. It was under these circumstances, in June … Continued

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From Maidan to Ukrainegate: In Discussion with Vladislav Davidzon

21st October 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ukrainian politics, society and culture has had a whirlwind decade and Russian-American literary critic, editor, essayist, and journalist Vladislav Davidzon has been there to document it all. In his new book, ‘From Odessa with Love: Political and Literary Essays in Post-Soviet Ukraine’, Davidzon collates essays and articles that offer unique – and often humorous - insights … Continued

Integrating Newcomers: Refugee Policy in Modern-Day Britain

20th October 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Following the Taliban’s unexpected takeover of Afghanistan, the UK Government’s has set up a bespoke resettlement route for Afghan citizens at risk of persecution – including those who co-operated with the British Armed Forces. Under the scheme, an initial 5,000 Afghans will be rehomed in the UK (rising to a total of 20,000 under a … Continued

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China’s Transnational Repression of Uyghurs

18th October 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Since the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan, much has been said about the grave threat the militants pose to ethnic and religious minorities. One group has, however, been largely overlooked – the Uyghurs. Since the Taliban regained power of the Central Asian country, Uyghurs in the country are anxious over heightened Chinese control and influence. … Continued

Creeping Sharia: An Affront to Equal Rights in the UK?

6th October 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In recent weeks we have seen the Taliban regain control of Afghanistan and return to a rigid enforcement of sharia law - a system of Islamic jurisprudence which many believe structurally disadvantages women. Could it ever be accepted as a legally valid basis in a country like the UK, where our law embodies the equal … Continued

Babyn Yar: 80 Years Later

29th September 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

80 years after the extermination of almost 34,000 Jews at Babyn Yar, this tragic part of history is becoming increasingly politicised, part of a broader trend of instrumentalization of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. To commemorate this anniversary, this panel will address Antisemitism in the region, including its politicisation of the Holocaust and the region’s failures … Continued

The International Rule of Law: The New Battleground

20th September 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

75 years after The Nuremberg Trials, crimes against humanity and genocide continue to be a persistent stain on global society. We promised ‘Never Again’, and yet human rights abuses from Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) and Rwanda to the former Yugoslavia and China indicate that the rule of law and justice remain elusive. Professor Philippe … Continued

‘Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia’ in conversation with Timothy Frye

9th September 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On 19th September, Russia goes to the polls for parliamentary elections. A resounding win for the ruling United Russia party, with some seats allotted to the pre-approved systemic ‘opposition’, is a foregone conclusion. Meanwhile, the Kremlin’s stranglehold on Russian politics, and Russian political life, appears to be growing ever more constrictive. It is easy, and … Continued

Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? In discussion with the authors

25th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

He has been poisoned, harassed, and demonised, but even behind bars Aleksei Navalny remains Russia’s most prominent opposition figure. There is no doubting his bravery and, yet, both inside and outside Russia, he provokes a range of divergent reactions. To discuss Navalny’s political evolution, the Kremlin’s responses to him, and the future of his anti-corruption … Continued

Antisemitism in Europe

17th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The European continent is currently facing a distressing rise in Antisemitism. Often linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and entangled with Antizionist views, the European Jewish population is increasingly under attack. From vandalism of Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine to attacks on Jews on the streets of London, from Antisemitic caricatures at a parade in Belgium to … Continued

Countering ‘Caliphism’ in the UK: Towards Segregation or Integration?

3rd August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This discussion will aim to gauge the continuing appeal to young British Muslims of ‘caliphism’, a mindset where Islam is no longer a spiritual pathway to God but an expansionist imperial project that stands against the West, against the nation state and against secular Muslim and non-Muslim populations. The ‘caliphist’ narrative of groups like Hibz … Continued

Antisemitism Online: What can be done?

2nd August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Online platforms have been co-opted for nefarious purposes in recent years by malign actors. They are a breeding ground for spreading hateful and offensive views, including racism, xenophobia, misogyny, Anti-Muslim hatred, homophobia, and of course Antisemitism. Tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook have been publicly reprimanded for not doing enough to prevent the spread … Continued

The Future for Press Freedom in Hong Kong

20th July 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As the broader crackdown on democratic freedoms in Hong Kong has gathered pace, the erosion of press freedom in the territory has been a particular focus of international and domestic concern. The 2021 World Press Freedom Index, released in May, offers a clear indication of the negative trajectory of Hong Kong’s once-vibrant news media. It … Continued

Westlessness and China After the G7

13th July 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There has been growing concern about an increasingly assertive China’s ability to reshape the existing international order - which has been compounded by worries that a disunited liberal democratic world lacks the will to push back. The notion of ‘Westlessness’ was formally aired at the 2020 Munich Security Council, drawing to attention the idea that … Continued

The Iranian Human Rights Crisis

7th July 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In the aftermath of Iran’s recent “election”, ultraconservative President-elect Ebrahim Raisi is due to take over from President Rouhani in August. This comes at a crucial time for the Islamic Republic, as the country grapples with the ongoing pandemic, growing social discontent with the regime, and ongoing nuclear proliferation and violations of the Joint Comprehensive … Continued

Belarus: From Revolution to Resolution?

1st July 2021 @ 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Since August 2020, the ceaseless courage of the people of Belarus has gripped the world. Following rigged presidential elections, mass protests against Aleksyandr Lukashenka have grown into a wider democratic movement, despite the disproportionate and terrifying use of force against protesters. Tragically, the plight of those imprisoned in Belarus, sometimes for the flimsiest of connections … Continued

‘Among the Mosques: A Journey Across Muslim Britain’ – In conversation with Ed Husain

22nd June 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to play host to a conversation between Ed Husain and Dr Alan Mendoza on “Among the Mosques: A journey across Muslim Britain” – Ed Husain’s latest book. Having travelled the length and breadth of the country and explored the full extent of the diversity of Britain’s Muslim population and … Continued

The Future of Afghanistan

14th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As the US-led full NATO withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan gets underway, severe security considerations remain largely unanswered. The Taliban are likely set to seize more control in the imminent and inevitable power vacuum. A growing Islamic State in Khorasan Province, in addition to a resurgent Al-Qaeda, are also taking root across the country. Weekly … Continued

Iranian Influence in the UK: Audit and Analysis

10th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Islamic Republic of Iran has designs on Britain. Whilst Iranian actions in the Middle East have long been critically examined, too little attention has been given towards Iran’s influence in this country. This event introduces a detailed report by Dr Paul Stott which considers the following areas – politics, religion, the media, culture, diaspora … Continued

Is Russia a Threat to European Energy Security?

8th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In May 2021, the Biden administration waived sanctions on the company building the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. US Congress concluded that the sanctions were not in their national interest and have adopted a different approach to what some have called a ‘geopolitical prize’ for the Kremlin. Critics have argued that the US is prioritising … Continued

China and the Countdown to COP26

7th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In November, Glasgow will be hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). With the presidency in its hands, the United Kingdom is keen to make a success of it and see countries across the world adopt more ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions. The United States’ renewed commitment to tackling climate change under the … Continued

UK Offensive Cyber & the National Cyber Force

12th May 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

So far within UK public debate the one area of cyber which has received little attention is offensive cyber operations. This appears to be changing, with the public announcement of the National Cyber Force (NCF) being created in November 2020, and recently detailed further in the Integrated Review. Given the construct of the NCF as a predominantly military … Continued

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Insecurity across the Gulf

10th May 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For the past five and a half years the United Kingdom has wrestled with its diplomatic attempts to try and bring the Iranian regime to nuclear compliance, in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Originally conceived by the Obama administration, the so-called nuclear deal sought to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, which many in … Continued

Refighting World War II: How the Kremlin co-opts War Memory

6th May 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

89% of Russians feel pride in the Soviet victory over Nazism in World War Two. With the number of Soviet dead estimated at 27 million, the significant role it continues to play in Russian popular and political culture is to a certain extent understandable. But the Kremlin has co-opted this tragic and heroic legacy for … Continued

Beijing Versus The BBC

28th April 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On the 12th February 2021 the Chinese Communist Party banned BBC World News from broadcasting within China. The move was seen as a response to the decision by Ofcom, the UK’s broadcasting regulator, to revoke the license of Chinese Global Television Network (CGTN). Following an investigation, Ofcom concluded that CGTN “is controlled by a body which … Continued

COVID, Politics and Post-Soviet Societies: StrategEast’s Westernization Report 2021

19th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 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

Countering Russia’s Occupation: A New Crimea Platform

12th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tensions are mounting as Russia continues to move troops and equipment to Crimea and the Ukrainian border. The UK and USA have unequivocally voiced their support for Ukraine and its territorial integrity but this new wave of Russia aggression poses the question: what can we do in the long-run to better support Ukraine? In particular, … Continued

Leaving Islamism: In Conversation with a former Al-Qaeda Recruiter

6th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Islamist extremism still continues to dominate the terror landscape. In the last decade we have seen the emergence of a number of new Islamist groups and a series of attacks perpetrated by terrorists acting both under the instruction of - and inspired by – Islamist terror groups. Most recently, ISIS and its barbaric ideology has … Continued

Sunset to Sunrise: From the Age of Armour to the Digital Age

30th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the wake of the UK Government’s Integrated Review and accompanying Defence Command Paper, the UK Armed Forces are set to undergo a seismic structural change in how they operate. In particular, the British Army is to significantly reduce troop numbers in addition to a reduced heavy armour capability. However, there is more funding available … Continued

Disengagement and Deradicalisation: A Critical Discussion

24th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Disengagement and deradicalisation are terms often used interchangeably, with little meaningful inquiry as to what either imply. Accusations abound of the failures and deficiencies of the measures employed to ‘cure the terrorist’, often with little appreciation of the complexities of human behaviour and the plethora of social, psychological and environmental factors which can influence behavioural … Continued

Abandoning the Far-Right

23rd March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From cultural nationalism to white supremacy, the far-right has become a significant counter terrorism priority over the last few years across Europe, the UK and North America. Far-right inspired plots, attacks and arrests are on the rise. This is a result of the increased membership of cultural nationalist, white nationalist, and white supremacist groups and … Continued

Cyber Security Insurance: Is Regulation the Answer?

18th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The cyber security insurance market never took off as expected and is currently facing a major crisis as claims from companies hit by the escalating ransomware wave hit the insurers. Still, Jan Lemnitzer argues that a well-regulated insurance market could provide protection to companies and solve the big issue in cybersecurity that years of awareness … Continued

Foreign Policy Under the Kennedys: Lessons for President Biden

16th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the foreign policy they pursued for more than 60 years, Jack, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy offer valuable lessons for President Biden. Throughout their lives, the Kennedy brothers believed that America must play a prominent role on the world stage, and that it could serve as a beacon for others to emulate. They feared war, … Continued

Russian Influence and Intelligence in the Western Balkans

10th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The US and EU’s lack of a coherent strategy towards the Western Balkans has emboldened Russia to hinder the region’s integration into the EU and NATO. In recent years, the Western Balkans has been at the forefront of Russia’s strategy to expand its global influence and undermine the West. These strategies have included more traditional soft … Continued

Championing Tibet in 2021: What Can Be Done?

9th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The crimes of the Chinese Communist Party in Tibet are well known as too is the failure of governments around to world to say, let alone do, anything in response. For years Freedom House placed Tibet as the second least free place in the world and since the 2008 Tibetan uprising suppression there has intensified. … Continued

Authoritarian Challenges to the Liberal World Order

8th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Across the Eurasian landmass, authoritarian regimes are using deeply subversive means to destabilise the liberal democratic global order. A revisionist Russia is actively engaged in using below-threshold means to destabilise NATO partners across Europe. In the Baltic states and across eastern Europe, Russia continues utilising cyber-attacks and information warfare, whilst recently utilising sophisticated disinformation campaigns … Continued

Disinformation During COVID-19: The US-UK Experience

4th March 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It is almost five years since the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its word of the year. Since then, the onslaught of fake news, disinformation, and conspiracy theorising have not only remained unrelenting, the problem has grown worse. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a maturing environment and practice of disinformation has found its ideal host, a … Continued

Does Myanmar Have a Democratic Future?

3rd March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On the 1st of February 2021, newly re-elected State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi was forcefully detained by a military junta, alongside other members of her National League of Democracy (NLD) party. This coup took place hours before her confirmation in Parliament. Leader of the Military, Min Aung Hlaing, claimed that the NLD … Continued

Russian Spies and the Diaspora: The Compatriots with Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov

2nd March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are delighted to host celebrated investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan as they discuss their timely and fascinating book The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad. Building on their extensive expertise on Russian intelligence, this event will discuss the complex and changeable role of Russian émigrés … Continued

Incarcerated and Indoctrinated: How to Tackle Extremism in Prisons

1st March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On 25th January 2020, the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Jonathan Hall QC announced a new review into terrorism across the prison estate in England and Wales. This timely announcement comes in the wake of a number of terrorist attacks perpetrated by radicalised offenders released from across the UK prison estate and an increase … Continued

BLM: A Voice for Black Britons?

25th February 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

2020 was a turning point for Britain. Following the death of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota, a wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations took place in the UK. The protests, as far-reaching as the Shetland Islands to the Isle of Wight, have undoubtedly had an impact on various spheres of British life … Continued

Directions for the next National Cyber Security Strategy

24th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Since the last National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) has been established, the world has endured global cyber attacks in WannaCry and Not-Petya, financial losses to cyber crime have ballooned and show no signs of slowing down.   There is a clear and present need for a new generation of NCSS, but what directions should UK … Continued

Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy: Was 2020 a Turning Point?

23rd February 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In 2014 army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha launched a coup which brought himself and the Thai military to power. Five years later elections, widely seen as unfree and unfair, took place in an attempt to legitimise this rule. The junta remained in power, marking yet another setback for democracy in Thailand. This has not occurred without … Continued

Victims and Survivors of Terror: Perspectives on Prevention and Beyond

22nd February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Most who study or work to prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism do so with one overriding purpose - to reduce, or even prevent further victims of terrorist attacks. Consulting survivors and the families of those lost to terrorism holds significant potential for the continued development of preventative and responsive strategies to terrorism - … Continued

India: A Partner for Global Britain?

17th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

India will soon have the largest population in the world, and in ten years is predicted to have the third-largest economy and defence budget. It is no wonder that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was keen to visit New Delhi for the country’s national day last month. While Covid may have cancelled this trip it has … Continued

Putin versus Navalny: How Should the UK Respond?

16th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Even in prison, Aleksei Navalny has continued his epic battle against Putin’s kleptocracy. On 19th January, Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation released their biggest investigation yet into their most sensitive topic yet: Vladimir Putin’s own wealth. The video detailing Putin’s $1billion palace reached 85 million views in just six days and sparked large-scale protests across more than sixty … Continued

UK Maritime Policy: The Role of the Carrier Strike Group

11th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s much-vaunted recent announcement of the uplift in defence spending, the Royal Navy are set to be the big winners with increased frigates and destroyers bolstering the navy’s fleet. On the back of this announcement the UK-led Carrier Strike Group is set for its first operational mission this spring, … Continued

Foreign Lobbying Laws: Options for Progress

10th February 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In the 2019 Queen's Speech, the Government announced it was “considering whether to follow allies in adopting a form of foreign agent registration”. The Government’s announcement followed a series of concerning accounts of strategic adversaries conducting disinformation and aggressive lobbying operations in London, at the risk of undermining the UK’s democratic system.   In order … Continued

MH17: Can Justice be Served?

4th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On 17th July, 2014, passenger jet Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was destroyed over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed, their bodies strewn across the cornfields of east Ukraine. These people were victims of Russia’s proxy war in Ukraine, which rages to this day and has claimed over 13,000 lives. Immediately after MH17 … Continued

Towards an Improved School System in England: Facing the Challenges of Inequality and Woke Culture

21st January 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2020 marked a testing year for the English education system. Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been concerns that exam cancellations and the shift towards greater virtual learning, carries the risk of widening existing social and economic inequalities in England. In addition to this, cultural fault-lines have emerged over the content and … Continued

The HJS Virtual Event Series: “Russian ‘Black PR’: The Practice of Ruining Reputations”

14th January 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Anybody familiar with Russia will recognise the constancy of campaigns launched by state, quasi-state, and non-state actors – from law enforcement officers to so-called journalists and internet trolls – to discredit out-of-favour figures by the spreading of damaging information about them and their alleged activities. This phenomenon — “black PR” (chernyi piar) — emerged in the 1990s and has over time become a … Continued

What Next For Hongkonger Activism?

7th January 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The past few months have been especially terrible for Hongkongers. Their city, which over the past few years has bustled with political activity and protest, stood still. However, it was not just the fear of COVID-19 which kept people off the streets. The introduction of the national security law, in the summer of 2020, has … Continued

Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class – In Conversation with Paul Embery

6th January 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The December 2019 General Election will go down as one of the most dramatic in postwar history. Shattering Labour’s ‘red wall’ of previously safe seats in working-class towns across the Midlands, Northern England, and Wales, Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the Conservatives to their largest parliamentary majority since 1987 – with former Labour leader Jeremy … Continued

President Macron’s Response to Islamism and Jihadist Terror: Lessons for Other Nations

22nd December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

RSVP No European country has suffered as grievously from jihadist terrorist as France. Nearly three hundred people have been killed in a succession of outrages since 2015. President Macron has responded to the horrific murder of schoolteacher Samuel Paty, and the deadly knife attack committed at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, with a robust … Continued

Xi Jinping and China’s Foreign Policy Priorities in 2021

21st December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Next year marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. For Xi Jinping it is the first milestone in completing his ‘China Dream’, the last being 2049 which marks 100 years since the founding of the People’s Republic. By this point Xi hopes to restore China as a great nation, one … Continued

The HJS Virtual Event Series: ‘In discussion with John Bolton’ – Wednesday 16th Dec, 3pm-4pm (GMT)

16th December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 ushered in a very unique and controversial style of US Presidency. The development and delivery of US Foreign Policy by President Trump and his administration was at times both bold and brash, marked by unilateralism, and has been characterised by some as rife with internal conflicts among Cabinet … Continued

THE OUTCOME OF THE 2020 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

8th December 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The 2020 US Presidential Election will go down as one of the most fascinating elections in American political history. While outgoing President Donald Trump has been soundly defeated in terms of the both the popular and Electoral College vote, initial voting data suggests that he unexpectedly managed to build on his 2016 support among both … Continued

‘An Update on Ukraine and on UK-Ukraine Relations’

7th December 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WHEN 16:00-17:00 BST 7 December 2020 WHERE ONLINE Speakers: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Glen Grant Defence & Reform Expert, Ukrainian Institute of the Future & Senior Fellow, Institute for Statecraft, UK Moderator: Dr Alan Mendoza Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society RSVP HERE The Henry Jackson Society and British-Ukrainian Aid are delighted to announce British-Ukrainian Aid’s … Continued

HJS EVENT: Is the Left Losing British Indians?

5th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Following the Labour Party’s disastrous showing in last December’s UK General Election, much has been said on the breakdown of its relationship with traditional working-class voters in the industrial heartlands. However, figures suggest that there has also been a notable fraying of ties between Labour and British voters of Indian origin. In Harrow East – … Continued

THE INDO-PACIFIC: BRITISH AND VIETNAMESE PERSPECTIVES

7th October 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Watch this event back here: https://youtu.be/C-IdqsZUhVg See the event transcript   In response to China’s rise, the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ has become increasingly popular among strategic policy circles. The United States, Japan, Australia, and India have all created their own Indo-Pacific strategies or approaches, each with a slightly different interpretation – and ambition – for the … Continued

WHAT DO CHINA’S ACTIONS IN HONG KONG SPELL FOR TAIWAN?

29th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Chinese Communist Party's actions in Hong Kong show that it is increasingly willing to act in ways that violate international norms, laws and expectations when it sees doing so as being in its own interests. Nowhere is this truer than in circumstances in which President Xi perceives the legitimacy of the party to rule … Continued

BLACK LIVES MATTER UK – A NATIONAL FORCE FOR GOOD?

9th September 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Following the police homicide of African-American George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota on 25 May 2020, a wave of civil unrest involving Black Lives Matter activists has gripped America’s major cities, from the eastern state of California to the western state of New York. However, the death of George Floyd has thrust issues … Continued

BELARUS ON THE BRINK?

20th August 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On 9 August, Belarusians took to the polls in their country’s presidential election. Aliaksandr Lukashenka, the five-term president, claimed a landslide victory, but there is compelling evidence that the vote was rigged. For the past week, citizens have protested against Lukashenka’s government and the election results. These protests have led to a troubling police crackdown, … Continued

Decoupling from China: The Future of Trade?

28th July 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Since the outset of the global Coronavirus pandemic, fundamental assumptions about our world have been called into question.  Much of this reevaluation has focused on the question of trade. With nations unable to obtain essential supplies including PPE amidst the pandemic, import security has come to be seen as a national security concern. Nations have … Continued

Countering Russia’s Disinformation and Malign Influence

24th July 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

President Vladimir Putin’s Russia seeks to weaken Western institutions and governments. Its disinformation campaigns attempt to exacerbate pre-existing divisions and create polarisations in societies. These campaigns are often most visible during elections, but they do not stop when the ballot box closes. Instead they are one of a number of tools in the Kremlin’s broader … Continued

The HJS Virtual Event Series: ‘Religious Freedom in China: A Spotlight on Repression’ – Thursday 16th July, 4pm-5.30pm (BST)

16th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

China today is facing the worst crackdown on human rights since the Tiananmen massacre in 1989. Across the board, basic freedoms are severely restricted and human rights widely and systematically violated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But there is one freedom which is experiencing, arguably, the worst repression since the Cultural Revolution, and that … Continued

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The CCP’s Influence and Information Operations in the Free World

15th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How does the Chinese Government engineer its victories around the world? How has this threat influenced different aspects of our societies? How does it seek to persuade our leaders, policymakers, and elites to take decisions in its interests? These questions are no longer the niche interests of security analysts but real and present threats to our … Continued

Black Lives Matter UK: Where does the message end and the movement begin?

14th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in the UK, following the police homicide of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 in the US state of Minnesota, have thrust issues such as trust and confidence in British public institutions into the spotlight. But messaging around the issue of black lives has become intertwined with the … Continued

After Covid-19: Where is Britain’s foreign policy going?

1st July 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A discussion with the chairs of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development Select Committees: Tom Tugendhat MP, Tobias Ellwood MP and Sarah Champion MP Covid-19 has interrupted HM Government’s Integrated Strategic Review. The pandemic – and the geopolitics behind it – has forced Britain’s strategists and policymakers to think harder about how the … Continued

THE HJS VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES: ‘Is Europe still ‘postmodern’?’

23rd June 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

20 years ago, Sir Robert Cooper’s updated pamphlet – The Postmodern State and the World Order – was published. It focused on the changing strategic situation in Europe. His argument, in a nutshell, was that globalisation and the end of the Cold War had rendered Europe a very different place to what had gone before. … Continued

The HJS Virtual Event Series: ‘Prof. Niall Ferguson: In Conversation – How Coronavirus Will Change the World of International Relations’

12th June 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All event times are in BST.   It is evident that Coronavirus has transformed our world. But what will its impact be on international relations and global politics? Whether it is changes in the international order and how that order interacts, the future of globalisation, China’s global role, the relative strengths of the free versus … Continued

THE HJS VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES: “Weaponising COVID-19: Far-Right Antisemitism in the UK and US”

11th June 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Event times are in BST.   While most look on a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic with worry, and view it as a challenge to be overcome, there are dangerous, hate-filled actors who consider these troubling times to be a gift. A golden opportunity not to be wasted. Far-right extremists – both abroad and closer … Continued

HJS VIRTUAL EVENT “Russia and the High North: How Should the West Engage the Next Chair of the Arctic Council (2021-23)?”

11th June 2020 @ 10:00 am

All event times are in BST   In 2021, for a two-year period, Russia will chair the Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic. It will do so whilst the region – and the world – grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing tensions between Russia and the West, and uncertainty over … Continued

THE HJS VIRTUAL EVENT SERIES: “Hong Kong & China:  Lessons For The Free World”

5th June 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Beijing’s plans to impose a ‘national security law’ on Hong Kong’s independent judiciary have provoked an international outcry.  The EU’s top diplomat has said that China’s attempts to strengthen its control of Hong Kong pose a threat to the rules-based international order.  The proposed law conflicts directly with China’s international obligations under the legally-binding Sino-British … Continued

HJS VIRTUAL EVENT: “Brian H. Hook & The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP: In Transatlantic Conversation on Iran”

4th June 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It is easy to forget this now, but at the start of 2020, the biggest flashpoint for many international policy-makers was not a global pandemic in the making, but the vexed question of how to handle Iran. When US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018 supported by the … Continued

The HJS Virtual Event Series: ‘COVID-19 and Social Media – Meeting Challenges using Lessons Learned from Countering Terrorism’

3rd June 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Following the extensive use of social media platforms by extremist groups and terrorist organisations for propaganda and recruitment purposes, technology companies have taken important proactive policy decisions on removing material and banning users from their sites. This discussion will focus on whether some of the same techniques and lessons learned can be applied to new … Continued

HJS VIRTUAL EVENT: Ukraine: Coronavirus, Conflict, and Corruption

28th May 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All event times are in BST   Ukraine is used to fighting crises – and at the moment it is fighting three. The country currently has had around 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, in a population of almost 42 million. It has the lowest testing rate in Europe, and the health care system is dilapidated … Continued

HJS VIRTUAL EVENT: Covid-19 and the Future of Geopolitical Fault Lines in Europe

26th May 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All event times in BST   Covid-19 has hit Western and Southern European countries – Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland – particularly hard. Across the continent, governments have implemented ‘lock downs’ to contain and repress the spread of the virus. China and Russia have seized on … Continued

HJS ONLINE EVENT: Public Attitudes Towards the UK Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

18th May 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event times are in BST   The United Kingdom (UK) is currently in second place behind the United States (US) in terms of the national number of COVID-19 deaths, and also ranks highly in terms of active cases. There are of course valid criticisms to be made about using ‘league tables’ without adjusting for population … Continued

When the World Wasn’t Looking: How Authoritarian States Have Taken Advantage of the Covid-19 Crisis

14th May 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Covid-19 has left a trail of destruction everywhere in its wake, but one of its most pernicious impacts is likely to be in the advances made by authoritarian states – and putative authoritarians – against their own populations but also against the free world. Human rights violations and suppressions of dissent that would normally spark global … Continued

Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

11th May 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event times are in BST   In a provocative new thesis – laid out in his book “Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy” – veteran diplomat Professor Kishore Mahbubani takes as his starting point the common idea that the defining geopolitical clash of the century will be between the USA and China, … Continued

“Don’t Mention the War”: Reconciling WW2 Narratives to Ensure Safer European Future 

4th May 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  As Europe is to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2, national narratives of those historic events hugely differ across Europe. Identity and historical memory are often hijacked by populist and nationalist agendas and history suddenly enters the political mainstream. In Britain, the tabloid media has often fallen back on spurious references … Continued

Core Assumptions and British Strategic Policy 

24th February 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Since the end of the Cold War, Britain established an increasingly ‘global approach’ to its foreign, security and defence policy. This approach foresaw the acceleration of globalisation, the rise of liberal democracy around the world, the continuity of Western technological ascendancy, and conditions preferable to a less cohesive and robust British nation-state. With the onset … Continued

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