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

20 January @ 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

21 January @ 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 of…

Jonathan Hall QC: UK Terrorism Legislation

22 January @ 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

23 January @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 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…

“America First”: A New Political Movement or Simply a Political Slogan?

27 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” election campaign was centered on one basic theme: that for the past 70 years the United States has been taken advantage of by the rest of the world. President Trump won the presidential election promising to protect Americans by changing America’s relationship with the world. As president, Mr. Trump has steadfastly implemented policies that promote a new world order both economically and in traditional military alliances. Will President Trump’s “America First” policies permanently alter America’s relationship with our allies and our role…

The Chinese Model of Religious and Cultural Persecution

28 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Against a background of economic slowdown, the Chinese state is showing signs of stepping up its efforts to suppress the freedom of its religious and cultural minorities. Along with the internment of Uighur and Kazakh Muslims at ‘re-education camps’ in Xinjiang province, the religious and cultural freedoms of China’s Christian, Tibetan Buddhist, and adherents of other faiths are increasingly under threat. This model of persecution – a decidedly authoritarian approach which seeks to create a strictly uniform society based on…

Is War Declining: Why and Where?

31 January @ 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…

Online Courts – a Case Study in the Digital Transformation of Public Services

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

It is common for policymakers and technologists to talk about the digital transformation of public service. In practice, however, most technology projects in government involve ‘automation’ (streamlining and systematizing current ways of working) rather than ‘transformation’ (using technology to deliver services in ways that were not possible in the past). In this talk, Richard Susskind will speak about the transformation of one vital public service – the courts. In most advanced legal systems, the resolution of civil disputes takes too…

HongKongFile: A Year in Review, and Where Next?

11 February @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Protests against increasing Chinese interference in Hong Kong's promised autonomy have in 2019 been unprecedentedly large, sustained and, at times, violent. With emotions running high and divisions stoked by both Beijing and radicalised and fearful protesters, it is easy to lose sight of what we are seeing in the latest research data. Dr. Brian Fong will be presenting a summary of current research, not only on the protest movement and its response, but also on the challenges of the political situation…

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

13 February @ 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…

Has India’s International Standing Hit a Roadblock? 

27 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

India’s foreign policy diplomacy in the 1990s and 2000s focused majorly in trying to delineate India from being hyphenated with Pakistan. From India’s strong presence in Davos in 2006 and 2015 and in between, it marked a renewed confidence that India was an economic might in its own right. But commentators, including former Foreign Secretary and National Security Advisor Shivsankar Menon, are increasingly saying said that the Indian Government is scoring an own goal with recent policy decisions. India now…

Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work

9 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Psychologists have long understood that social environments profoundly shape our behavior, sometimes for the better, often for the worse. But social influence is a two-way street—our environments are themselves products of our behavior. Under the Influence explains how to unlock the latent power of social context. It reveals how our environments encourage smoking, bullying, tax cheating, sexual predation, problem drinking, and wasteful energy use. We are building bigger houses, driving heavier cars, and engaging in a host of other activities…

Samy Gemayel MP: Lebanon’s Challenges

25 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lebanon stands at political crossroads. As heightened tensions and border clashes with Israel threaten a repeat of the 2006 conflict, the growing strength of Hezbollah as a state within a state is a source of concern for the security of the wider region. Indeed, Lebanon currently faces a multitude of threats from within and without, as Iran continues to support its ally and the Syrian Civil War draws to its close with a likely Assad victory. The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to…

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