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May 2020

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
Online United Kingdom

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 and other factors, but every life lost is a cause for concern, as the Prime Minister has himself recognised. Despite the crisis, Boris Johnson’s recent…

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June 2020

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

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

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. In his words: ‘1989 marked a break in European history. What happened in 1989 went beyond the events of 1789, 1815 or 1919…To put it…

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July 2020

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

1st July 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online, United Kingdom

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 country’s global posture might need to change or evolve. How should British policy toward China change if Beijing adopts a more revisionist international approach? What…

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Decoupling from China: The Future of Trade?

28th July 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online United Kingdom

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 already sought to shorten supply chains and to boost national resilience.  In the UK, this has taken the form of Project DEFEND a new national…

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August 2020

BELARUS ON THE BRINK?

20th August 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online, United Kingdom

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, which has itself prompted greater numbers of people to protest. At least two protestors have been killed, a national general strike has been called, and…

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September 2020

BLACK LIVES MATTER UK – A NATIONAL FORCE FOR GOOD?

9th September 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 of racial inequality and institutional discrimination into the national spotlight in other countries too – including the UK. As well as large-scale demonstrations in London,…

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

29th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online United Kingdom

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 being challenged. Given recent events, many have come to question what China's actions in Hong Kong might say about its ambitions in Taiwan.  The island…

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November 2020

HJS EVENT: Is the Left Losing British Indians?

5th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 – a west London seat with a sizeable Indian-origin population – Labour fell some way behind. Meanwhile, incumbent Conservative MP Bob Blackman increased his vote share…

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December 2020

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

7th December 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 Annual Lecture: "An Update on Ukraine and on UK-Ukraine Relations". Ukraine is battered by stresses from all sides: war with Russia, the loss of Crimea…

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THE OUTCOME OF THE 2020 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

8th December 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online, United Kingdom

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 Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, as well as boosting his appeal among Muslim-Americans. Meanwhile, the one group which appears to have shifted away from Trump and towards…

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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
Online, United Kingdom

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 members and the President's own national security team.  Despite the alleged internal turmoil and its effects, some argue that the Trump Administration delivered ground-breaking and…

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Xi Jinping and China’s Foreign Policy Priorities in 2021

21st December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online, United Kingdom

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 which is not victimised by other countries, as China was before, but instead leads them. This ambition has real implications for both Asia and the…

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

22nd December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 reaffirmation of the French values of Liberté, égalité, fraternité   and in particular the concept of state laïcité (secularism). Macron has sought to oppose not just…

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January 2021

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

6th January 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 Corbyn leading his party to its worst general election result since 1935. The spectacular Tory breach of traditionally Labour-voting territory saw seats such as Leigh…

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What Next For Hongkonger Activism?

7th January 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 done more than anything to stymie dissent. Since then we have seen numerous pro-democracy activists either arrested or forced into exile. While talk of “the…

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August 2021

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

25th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 movement, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to be joined by Ben Noble, Jan Matti Dolbaum, and Morvan Lallouet as they talk about their new…

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October 2021

How Can We Fight Back Against Antisemitism on Campus?

27th October 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 as another flare up in tensions in the Middle East, has resulted in individuals feeling empowered to harass and abuse students whilst hiding behind their…

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