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The Outcome of the 2019 UK General Election

18 December @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nearly three-and-a-half years after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit continues to dominate the national political agenda. However, domestic debates over the funding of public services, state investment in infrastructure, and broader economic inequalities in British society, remain important. In an increasingly fragmented and volatile electoral marketplace, analysing British politics is a difficult exercise. To discuss the result of the General Election, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to a post-election event where our panel will analyse…

Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

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

To become a 'normal country', an intelligence agency is vital - former Japanese diplomat Kawakami Takishi, 2015   The prewar history of the Japanese intelligence community is an indictment of the effects of power and bureaucratic arrogance without insight. Its postwar history—one of limited Japanese power despite growing insight, and a new need to conform to public pressures—has posed further national security challenges. Professor Richard J. Samuel’s recent work, Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community, considers why…

Norway-UK Naval Cooperation and Shared Interests in the North Atlantic and Polar Regions

20th January 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The United Kingdom and Norway are neighbours in the North Atlantic and share interests in this strategically important area. The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to host Rear Admiral Sverre Nordahl Engeness who will speak on the Norwegian military understanding of the situation in the High North, Norway´s view on Russia, naval cooperation between the United Kingdom and Norway, as well as future areas for military cooperation.     Rear Admiral Sverre Nordahl Engeness of the Royal Norwegian Navy is head of…

Women’s Voices in Public Space: Challenges and Opportunities

21st January 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Britain currently ranks 17 out of 129 across the world in terms of women’s equality, with Iceland being the leader in this field for a number of years in a row. What obstacles face women in their professional, personal, and political advancement? What more can be done to support women and girls? What social and political barriers prevent women and girls from achieving their potential, and what more can governments do to help break the glass ceiling?   By kind invitation…

Will the West Survive? Crisis of Liberal Internationalism and the Breakdown of World Order

21st January 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

After World War II, the United States and its European partners built a new type of international order, organized around open trade, cooperative security, multilateralism, democratic solidarity, and liberal hegemonic leadership. This order is now in crisis. The two great powers that have done the most to give the modern international order its liberal character – Great Britain and the United States, the world’s oldest and most venerated democracies – appear to be pulling back. Liberal democracy itself appears fragile in the…

Jonathan Hall QC: UK Terrorism Legislation

22nd January 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

As the 21st century continues, it becomes ever more apparent that dealing with terrorism and non-state actors is a pressing international question of our times. The recent demise of so-called Islamic State territorially has left a legacy of foreign fighters, their partners and children, many of them attempting to return to the UK, while online radicalisation continues to pull UK citizens into engaging in terroristic activity. This has led among other things to a recent proposal to create a new…

Free to Be Extreme

23rd January 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It is possible to strike a balance between protecting freedom of expression and monitoring harmful extremist content online? In her new report, Free to Be Extreme, Nikita Malik uses cases studies of how content, individuals, and organisations are regulated for counter-extremism purposes, and examines the power dynamics between the UK Government, citizens, and technology companies in defining and enforcing boundaries of acceptable expression and conduct. The report scopes out a framework for technology companies to react to extremist content based…

Is War Declining: Why and Where?

31st January 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Is the world becoming more peaceful? This proposition encounters widespread disbelief. Have the United States and its allies not been repeatedly involved in messy wars over the last decades? Alternatively, is the relative peacefulness of today’s world not attributable to a transient American hegemony since the collapse of the Soviet Union? Are we not tempted by a resurfacing of old illusions that will again be dispelled by the rise of China to a superpower status, by a resurgent Russia, or…

Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation

13th February 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Eighteen months after he led his own audacious insurgency against France’s established parties Macron would face another popular insurrection. This time, he was the target. On the eve of important European elections, and with nationalist and populist forces rising across the continent, questions remain as to whether Macron can still hope to hold the centre ground, work with Germany to rebuild post-Brexit Europe, and defend the multilateral liberal order. Who is Emmanuel Macron and how far can he truly change…

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