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May 2020

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

4th May 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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  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 of getting rid of “German” control. In Putin’s Russia, the “Great Patriotic War” – despite its very real sacrifices during the conflict – has been…

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Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

11th May 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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, but moves to a startling conclusion: that the US is in danger of losing this battle, if indeed the battle needs to be fought at…

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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
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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 outrage have gone largely unnoticed given the understandable pre-occupation of governments with pandemic mitigation. Meanwhile, the free world has faced a torrent of fake news…

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

26th May 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 the opportunity to spread propaganda and push into European politics. The European Union has come under robust critique for its lethargic response, and for letting…

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

28th May 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 after decades of underfunding. As if dealing with the localised impacts of a global pandemic were not enough, Russia’s war in the Donbas continues. More…

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June 2020

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
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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 challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic. Where possible, can counter-narratives be employed to address conspiracy theories put forward by extremist organisations and actors trying to explain…

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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
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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 Obama administration – citing its many flaws and a desire to renegotiate it to make it stronger and permanent – his European fellow signatories refused…

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

5th June 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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 Joint Declaration, registered with the United Nations.  For mainland agencies to deploy in Hong Kong to safeguard national security also breaches the terms of the…

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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
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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 the intentions of China. The event will offer perspectives on Moscow’s agenda for the Arctic Council, as well the challenges and opportunities this could create…

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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
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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 to home – are exploiting COVID-19 to peddle unfounded antisemitic conspiracy theories and intensify forms of hatred towards Jewish people. Looking to take advantage of…

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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
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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 unfree world or possibilities of political upheaval, many questions have been thrown up by the pandemic, but few answers thus far have emerged. Who better…

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July 2020

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

14th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online, United Kingdom

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 nature of the UK BLM movement itself, as the process has also brought its core objectives to public attention. Moving away from both academic and…

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

15th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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 democratic societies.  In the past year, influence and information operations — launched by the CCP — have been uncovered across the Free World.  In this…

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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
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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 is freedom of religion or belief. From mass atrocities and the surveillance state deployed against Uyghur Muslims to continuing repression in Tibet, from the intensification…

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Countering Russia’s Disinformation and Malign Influence

24th July 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 tool-kit of malign influence, which also includes cyber-hacking, illicit finance, and the use of economic warfare. In this panel discussion Nina Jankowicz will share findings…

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October 2020

THE INDO-PACIFIC: BRITISH AND VIETNAMESE PERSPECTIVES

7th October 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 region. But how do other countries, both internal and external to the Indo-Pacific, use the term? For over one year, the Henry Jackson Society and…

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January 2021

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

14th January 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 centralised and systematised feature of the authoritarian kleptocracy that Vladimir Putin has built since his rise to power in 2000. But, in contrast to the…

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

21st January 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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 structure of the English state-school curriculum. While some have argued for the “decolonisation” of teaching materials which are currently considered to be unrepresentative of England’s…

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February 2021

MH17: Can Justice be Served?

4th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 was downed, evidence began emerging of Russian involvement. The Joint Investigation Team painstakingly pieced together the evidence to demonstrate the culpability of regular Russian forces.…

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Foreign Lobbying Laws: Options for Progress

10th February 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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 to put flesh to the bones of the Government’s ambitions, Bob Seely MP has written a report for the Henry Jackson Society laying out options…

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UK Maritime Policy: The Role of the Carrier Strike Group

11th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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, charting a course East of Suez, and into the Indo-Pacific. Calling at Oman, Singapore, Japan and South Korea, the international task group will navigate the…

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Putin versus Navalny: How Should the UK Respond?

16th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 Russian cities, as people rallied against the pervasive corruption that enriches Russia’s elite at the expense of the 20 million Russians who live below the…

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India: A Partner for Global Britain?

17th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 not put a break on the UK’s post-Brexit ambitions. While the government still wants to boost trade and investment ties outside of the European Union,…

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Victims and Survivors of Terror: Perspectives on Prevention and Beyond

22nd February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 - yet much of this potential remains untapped. In this event the Henry Jackson Society speaks to those directly affected by acts of terrorism in the…

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

23rd February 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 resistance but these efforts, to constrain the power of the military, have been suppressed. In early 2020 the Constitutional Court’s decision to ban the anti-military…

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Directions for the next National Cyber Security Strategy

24th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 policy take? Should resilience remain the goal, or is there a renewed opportunity in international diplomacy? Should the UK talk about Offensive Cyber in the…

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BLM: A Voice for Black Britons?

25th February 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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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 – including politics, education, media broadcasting, and entertainment. Concepts such as “white privilege” and “white fragility” have come to the fore, with matters of race…

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March 2021

Incarcerated and Indoctrinated: How to Tackle Extremism in Prisons

1st March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 in violent attacks by jihadist inmates against prison officers. What changes now need to be made within the prison system to prevent the spread of…

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

2nd March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 from the October Revolution up until the present day.   In recent years, Russia’s compatriot policy has had a significant impact on influence and intelligence…

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Does Myanmar Have a Democratic Future?

3rd March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 were “neglecting to ensure free, fair and transparent elections,” though failed to give supporting evidence for the claims, and deceitfully promised to represent a “true…

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Disinformation During COVID-19: The US-UK Experience

4th March 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 virus within a virus. The practice of disinformation during the pandemic has added to existing political divisions in numerous nations and become as much about…

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Authoritarian Challenges to the Liberal World Order

8th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 against the UK during the ongoing global pandemic. Further to the east, an emboldened China is seeking to export its deeply authoritarian governance structure across…

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Championing Tibet in 2021: What Can Be Done?

9th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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. Alongside the construction of a vast surveillance networks efforts have been heightened to erase Tibetan traditions and cultures. The CCP is trying to incorporate its…

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Russian Influence and Intelligence in the Western Balkans

10th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 power and trade approaches, as well as the widespread use of disinformation, cyberwarfare, and intelligence operations. Some of Russia’s more brazen intelligence activities in the…

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Foreign Policy Under the Kennedys: Lessons for President Biden

16th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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, favoured diplomacy, and sought to control the world’s deadliest weapons. They were deeply interested in the developing world and worked hard to shape America’s role…

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Cyber Security Insurance: Is Regulation the Answer?

18th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 campaign could not tackle: the IT security standards in many smaller companies remain shockingly low. Compulsory cyber insurance for SMEs tied to an externally set…

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Abandoning the Far-Right

23rd March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 the ever-widening global online reach of outspoken far-right individuals. While global understanding of the variances in far-right rhetoric has greatly improved, individuals’ radicalisation and subsequent…

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Disengagement and Deradicalisation: A Critical Discussion

24th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online, United Kingdom

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 and attitudinal change.   Neither disengagement nor deradicalisation is necessarily a permanent state, nor a reflux valve. Just as an individual can radicalise, so can…

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

30th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 for the emerging domains of space and cyberspace, to complement an increased pioneering of artificial intelligence and robotics – the so-called sunrise capabilities. Unveiled last year…

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April 2021

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

6th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 dominated the terror landscape in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and in North America. Previous to that, Al-Qaeda was the most prominent Islamist group, directing…

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Countering Russia’s Occupation: A New Crimea Platform

12th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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, this event will look at the role of the UK and the issue of Crimea. For too long, Crimea has been seen as the backstory…

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

19th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 think-tank, highlights the most important political and economic events that occurred in 14 post-Soviet countries (excluding Russia) in 2020.  Covering topics from political unrest in…

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Beijing Versus The BBC

28th April 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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 is ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist party (CCP)”. Yet this in not simply a tit for tat between equals, for one thing the BBC…

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May 2021

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

6th May 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 its own political ends, using the trauma of the war to justify invasions in Ukraine and discredit rivals, from Alexei Navalny to foreign states. Assuming…

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: Insecurity across the Gulf

10th May 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 the UK and the US believed was a front for Tehran’s ambitions to become a nuclear power.   In reality, the JCPOA has merely emboldened…

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UK Offensive Cyber & the National Cyber Force

12th May 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 unit - but one with significant intelligence contingents - the question remains, exactly what will the NCF do? To address the question of offensive cyber and the…

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June 2021

China and the Countdown to COP26

7th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 Biden Administration ought to raise hopes that progress will be made. However, in order to succeed, another big emitter - the People’s Republic of China - will need…

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Is Russia a Threat to European Energy Security?

8th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 relations with Germany over European security, just as Germany has privileged its own interests over Ukraine’s security. But what will the seemingly inevitable completion of…

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Iranian Influence in the UK: Audit and Analysis

10th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 communities, education and business. It also examines examples of the soft power Iran seems to possess within sections of our political landscape, where sympathy for…

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The Future of Afghanistan

14th June 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 attacks in Kabul by these competing factions attest to this worsening security situation, in a potential return to the civil war which ravaged the country…

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

22nd June 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 its places of worship, Mr Husain is well-placed to offer observations on the health and state of British Islam and the views of its adherents…

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July 2021

Belarus: From Revolution to Resolution?

1st July 2021 @ 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 with the opposition movement, has become increasingly desperate. The regime’s decision to hijack a RyanAir flight to seize the blogger, Raman Pratasevich, is only the…

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The Iranian Human Rights Crisis

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

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 Plan of Action (JCPOA). With President-elect Raisi, who himself is subject to US sanctions for his part in the 1988 mass executions of thousands of…

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Westlessness and China After the G7

13th July 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 the West was so divided, and inward looking, that it risked losing its position at the centre of the global stage. Throughout this period the…

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The Future for Press Freedom in Hong Kong

20th July 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 ranks Hong Kong as 80th of 180 countries, considering key metrics such as self-censorship and legislative frameworks. This is down significantly from a ranking of 18th…

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August 2021

Antisemitism Online: What can be done?

2nd August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 of such abhorrent views online, whereas others such as Google have also suffered problems of Antisemitism among their staff. This panel will discuss what tech…

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

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

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 Ut Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jamaat e Islami, drawn from fundamentalist Deobandi and Salafi doctrines, conjures an idealised past rather than a feasible…

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Antisemitism in Europe

17th August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 Polish anti-vaxxers blaming Jews for COVID, these threatening incidents continue to grow in European society. This panel will focus on this contemporary rise in Antisemitism.…

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September 2021

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

9th September 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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…

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The International Rule of Law: The New Battleground

20th September 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 Sands QC, author of East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, who has recently served as counsel for Mauritius in…

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Babyn Yar: 80 Years Later

29th September 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 to ‘come to terms’ with tragic moments in its recent history. It will position Babyn Yar and Ukrainian developments within broader Eastern European trends, evaluating these…

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October 2021

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

6th October 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 legal status of everyone, regardless of race, gender or religion? Sharia councils have proliferated here in recent years, and while there are many ways to…

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China’s Transnational Repression of Uyghurs

18th October 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
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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. The Chinese state has deployed a range of aggressive methods to silence Uyghur critics abroad, or in some cases even detain and render them back…

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Integrating Newcomers: Refugee Policy in Modern-Day Britain

20th October 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 phased process of resettlement). Since the policy’s announcement, there has been much debate on what should be expected of refugees being resettled in the UK…

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From Maidan to Ukrainegate: In Discussion with Vladislav Davidzon

21st October 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
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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 into events spanning the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, mafia spats, and the author’s own embroilment in Ukrainegate – the US impeachment inquiry. As co-founder of…

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

26th October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

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 2020, that Beijing imposed the National Security Law. This move was the largest assault on the city’s autonomy since the 1997 handover and flew in…

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November 2021

Holodomor – A Communist Genocide?

22nd November 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 Ukrainian people were singled out by the Soviet regime. This panel will focus on the history of this tragedy. It will also assess why certain…

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Salafism: A Challenge to Social Cohesion in the UK

24th November 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Salafi Muslims are devoted to emulating the traditions of the salaf, the first three generations of Muslims that followed the prophet’s revelations in the 7th century. Instructed to fraternise only with other Salafis – and so reject their families and friends if they do not follow the doctrine - they reject Western media, literature, music, art and intellectual concepts associated with western thought, whether from economics, education, ethics or politics. Salafi Imams contrast the creed with the ‘spiritual poverty’ of…

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Antisemitism in Football

29th November 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Antisemitism is a blight across the European continent. For decades, anti-Semitic chants have been heard in many of Europe’s football grounds, usually met with little objection. Spanning the continent, from the designation of Ajax as a Jewish club to anti-Semitic slurs in Hungarian football stadiums, this scourge must be fought. This societal ill can also be found in the UK. Only recently, Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur’s club chairman, was met with anti-Semitic slurs on a radio broadcast that went unaddressed by the presenter…

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December 2021

Poverty Trapped: A Discussion with John Penrose MP

6th December 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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In his new policy paper Poverty Trapped, John Penrose (Conservative MP for Weston-super-Mare) provides a nuanced and detailed account of the myriad social and cultural factors which feed into forms of economic disadvantage in modern-day Britain. The paper represents a timely and important contribution to hotly debated matters of inequalities and discrimination. While recognising the progress Britain has made in fostering a fairer society, Penrose calls for a greater collective commitment to providing equality of opportunity – which in turn can bolster…

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The City in Global Britain

9th December 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

With the UK out of the European Union, the government’s new ‘Global Britain’ agenda calls for the City of London to become the world’s most competitive financial services centre. Critical in determining the success or failure of these efforts will be deciding on how to move forward with retained EU law. Should Britain rely on common law as a tool of economic statecraft, or attempt to remain in close alignment to its European neighbours? The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to…

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“Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19”: In Conversation with Lord Ridley

13th December 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Two years in, there is no doubt the pandemic began in the city of Wuhan in China. But there is also little doubt that the bat that carried the progenitor of the virus lived somewhere else. The only known link between Wuhan and the natural range of such viruses in Yunnan and Laos is that scientists were travelling to those areas, sampling bats and bringing the samples back to a Wuhan laboratory to run experiments infecting human cells and humanised mice.…

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Economic and Banking Reforms Towards Ukraine’s European Integration

20th December 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Since signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in 2014, Ukraine has introduced a wide range of policies aimed at integration into a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and the achievement of a visa free regime with the Schengen Zone. Reform of the banking sector has been a central part of this process, and its recent overhaul a major contributor to Ukraine’s fight against corruption. Despite this initial success, questions remain over the results of long-term banking reform…

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January 2022

Will Russia Invade Ukraine? Moscow’s Threat to European Security

19 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

For the last three months, Russia has massed upwards of 175,000 troops on its border with Ukraine and issued an ultimatum to the West. Three sets of negotiations were held during the week beginning 10 January in Geneva (US-Russia), Brussels (NATO-Russia) and Vienna (OSCE). The timing of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military threat and ultimatum are not coincidental. They came after Russia’s failure to achieve Ukraine’s capitulation during eight years of negotiations within the Minsk peace talks and fear of…

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80 Years Since Wannsee: An Alarm Call to Warn of Other Genocides?

20 January @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

    The 1942 Wannsee conference’s intent was to fix a bureaucratic process and parameters for the systematic murder of the totality of the Jewish people. Based upon over 12 years digestion of Nazi hate, it was a banal exercise of absolute evil. Bureaucracy as much as technology were essential for its practical implementation, from the logistics for building camps, transporting deportees, and processing the target population to the technicalities of mass murder in an efficient, impersonal manner. Fast forwarding to contemporary times, Dr Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center…

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Lessons Learned – The Holocaust and the Refugee Crisis

25 January @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

What lessons can we glean from past atrocities such as the Holocaust, and apply to contemporary crises – whether they be other genocides, or the ongoing global refugee crisis? In the wake of anti-Semitic violence co-ordinated by the Nazi regime in Germany, the British government allowed unaccompanied minors under the age of 17 to enter Great Britain as refugees. This organised rescue effort has come to be termed as the ‘Kindertransport’. Upon their arrival in Britain, child welfare organisations arranged for the…

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Ending Russia’s War Against Ukraine – How the West Can Relaunch the Peace Process

26 January @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Over the last eight years, negotiations through the Trilateral Contact Group (OSCE, Ukraine, Russia) and Normandy Format (Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia) to end the war in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine have failed to achieve a peace agreement. The Russian-Ukrainian war has created two million internally displaced persons and refugees, killed over 15,000 combatants and civilians, and brought widespread destruction to the infrastructure and economy of the Donbas. There is little likelihood of achieving a peace settlement if the…

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February 2022

UK Holocaust Commemoration – Are We Doing Enough?

1 February @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

The Holocaust has come to be remembered as the greatest act of brutality and genocide in history. The UK has made considerable efforts in the commemoration of the lives lost in the Holocaust, and in the education of this tragic event. In 1983 the first Holocaust memorial was established in Hyde Park, and in 1988, the Holocaust Educational Trust was founded. On 27 January 2001 (the date of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1944), the first national Holocaust Memorial Day…

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Biden and US Foreign Policy: One Year On

3 February @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

The Biden administration has faced a challenging first year in office. From the withdrawal from Afghanistan, raised tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border, and the Indo-Pacific tilt through to the diplomacy involved in coordinating the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign policy questions have thrown themselves at the President’s team in rapid succession, and have not always been successfully answered. Examining his record after one year in office, what have we learned about the US approach to foreign policy under President…

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Conspiracy Theories and Culture Wars on Campus: A Dangerous “New Normal”?

9 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

In “Conspiracy U: A Case Study”, Scott A. Shay presents a case study of his alma mater, Northwestern University, in order to challenge the proliferation of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories championed on college campuses more generally by both the far right and far left. In the book, Shay tackles the thorny question of how otherwise brilliant minds willingly come to embrace and espouse such patent falsehoods. He explains why Zionism, the movement for Jewish national self-determination, has become the focal point for…

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“Agonies of Empire. American Power from Clinton to Biden”. In Conversation with Professor Michael Cox

28 February @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

The defeat of Donald Trump in November 2020 followed by the attack on the US Congress on 6th January 2021 represented a tipping point moment in the history of the American republic. Divided at home and facing a world sceptical of American claims to be the ‘indispensable nation’ in world politics, it is clear that the next few years will be decisive ones for the United States. But how did the US, which was riding high only 30 years ago, arrive…

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March 2022

Trends in MENA Textbooks: Increasing Moderation and Remaining Radicalism

1 March @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

School education is by far the most powerful tool to puncture extremist influences. Curricula are the key to achieving the tolerant and open-minded societies of the future. But they are also where negative influences: skewed historical narratives, hatreds of the other, gender inequalities and political violence take root. The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) is a research and policy organization that analyses education to encourage standards of peace and tolerance as derived from international declarations and…

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Women in Authoritarian Regimes

10 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Women’s rights are seldom considered a priority in authoritarian regimes; from the domestic abuse laws in Russia which stipulate that the first time a husband beats his wife he merely receives a fine, to the forced sterilisation of Uyghur women in Xinjiang Province, China, women are second-class citizens in several countries of the world. The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to welcome you to the panel discussion, which will address this troubling development, addressing how women are trying to fight back against…

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Deterrence Diplomacy: Preventing Conflict In Our Own Backyard

15 March @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Turmoil has recently engulfed Bosnia and Herzegovina once again. Fuelled by Serbian nationalist intentions, and supported by the Kremlin, concerns are growing over the future of the Balkans region and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sovereignty. We saw violence prevail in the region in the 1990s, and we cannot allow this to happen again. Whilst Europe and the rest of the world looks on, we ask the pertinent question: how can the horrors of the 1990s be avoided, and do we have the…

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Should the West Do More?

17 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Since the beginning of Putin’s war in Ukraine, the West has adopted the most comprehensive set of sanctions ever imposed against a country. The most recent development – halting American imports of Russian oil and gas – hits the Kremlin where it hurts the most. So far, however, sanctions do not seem to have deterred Putin. Some have argued that the West must do more – suggesting the imposition of a no-fly zone over parts or the whole of Ukraine,…

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Towards Greater Western Resilience in Response to Russia-Ukraine

22 March @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine – the most serious military conflict in Europe since the Second World War – this has thrust into the spotlight the degree to which liberal democratic countries such as the UK are internally resilient and self-sufficient. While the UK has played an integral part in facilitating meaningful international action against the Kremlin following the invasion of Ukraine, it suffers from a range of internal weaknesses - relatively high rates of family breakdown, depressingly low levels…

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NATO – Lessons Learned from Kosovo

23 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

23 years ago, NATO began a bombing campaign in the former Yugoslavia. The campaign was trigger by the outbreak of violence in Kosovo – with NATO aiming to force Serbian President Milošević to end his violent ethnic cleansing campaign against the Kosovo Liberation Army. On 10th June 1999, after 78 days of bombing, the Kumanovo Agreement was signed, and UN Security Council Resolution 1244 was adopted, which forced the withdrawals of Yugoslav military from Kosovo. However, the bombing campaign and…

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April 2022

The UK Government’s Response to the Sewell Report on Race & Ethnic Disparities

4 April @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Sewell report on race and ethnic disparities, authored by the Commission on Race & Ethnic Disparities (CRED), caused quite a stir. While some considered it to be a much-needed intervention in Britain’s race-relations conversation, others accused the report of trivialising the impact of racism in modern-day Britain. The Sewell report, as well as describing Britain as the model for race relations among white-majority multi-ethnic countries, emphasised factors such as family structure and community characteristics when assessing racial and ethnic…

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Should the UK Recognise the Armenian Genocide?

13 April @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The UK is lagging behind the world in recognising the Armenian Genocide. Democratic nations including the United States, France, and Germany have recognised it, as have the devolved parliaments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. And yet, we have failed to do so, citing reasons that include: the fact that the term “genocide” did not exist in 1948, and that it should be a matter for Turkey and Armenia to sort out between themselves. The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to gather world experts…

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All Change: The Impact of Government Policy on Migration Composition and Social Cohesion

19 April @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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With the UK’s departure from the EU, the British government has regained significant policymaking powers over immigration and borders. Five years on from the referendum, and a year after the end of the transition period, we can now see the first signs of a post-Brexit border regime for Britain. Net migration from non-EU countries reached its highest level on record in 2019, while net migration from EU countries fell three quarters from its 2016 peak. In 2020, net migration from…

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine – War Crimes Investigation

21 April @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched an investigation into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The investigation has been backed by an unprecedented number of countries. Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor for the ICC, has committed to staring the investigation as soon as possible. What can we expect to be the outcome of the investigation, and do Western countries have the power to actually prosecute responsible individuals? To answer some of these questions, we will also look back into the Yugoslav wars  – and…

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Destabilising Bosnia-Herzegovina: Russian Hybrid Warfare and Greater Serbian Separatism

25 April @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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As part of Russia’s geopolitical struggle and war with the West, the Kremlin seeks to destabilise the Balkans, particularly former Yugoslavia. Russia has applied a full spectrum of hybrid warfare activities to the Balkans supporting Serbian nationalism in Kosovo and Montenegro, seeking to undermine the Greek-Macedonian agreement on a name change for the latter,  fomented an attempted coup d’état in Montenegro to prevent it joining NATO, and promoted friction between Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia. In the Bosnia-Herzegovina federation, Russia is…

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May 2022

How Has Russian WWII Memory Shaped the Invasion of Ukraine?

9 May @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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World War II memory is a staple of Russian identity in the contemporary era. It occupies a cult-like status, legitimising the Kremlin's rule at home and its actions abroad. This has been abundantly clear since the invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022, with Russian elites and media frequently invoking memory of the war. Much of this has focused on the supposed existence of 'neo-Nazis' in Ukraine and allegations of 'genocide' being carried out against Russian-speakers in Ukraine. The Russian state has…

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Putin’s Russia: From Authoritarian Autocracy to Totalitarian Fascism?

23 May @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Russia transformed from an authoritarian system into a dictatorship following constitutional changes in 2020 that allowed Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036, but de facto made Putin president for life. Since then, collective leadership has been replaced with rule by a dictator of a kind last seen in Joseph Stalin’s USSR. The emergence of a dictatorship has led to a totalitarian regime in Russia. Since 2020, all independent political thought and media have been closed and protests ruthlessly crushed. Putin’s speeches…

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The Prospective Foreign Policy of Sir Keir Starmer

26 May @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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What would the UK's foreign policy look like under Sir Keir Starmer? According to Professor Azeem Ibrahim, whose paper warning of the impact of Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy made front-page news in 2019, Starmer's approach to foreign policy is “more assertive and more serious than that of any Labour leader since the general election of 2010 but still has serious gaps”. Joining him to discuss ‘The Prospective Foreign Policy of Sir Keir Starmer’, a new paper published this week by the Henry Jackson Society,…

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June 2022

Is It Too Late for Justice in Syria?

8 June @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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More than half a million people have been killed in the course of the Syrian conflict, and more than 13 million displaced across the world. At least 100,000 Syrians still languish in the country’s prisons, and the families of hundreds of thousands wait for confirmation of the fate of their loved ones – many of whom were likely tortured to death. While it appears that the Syrian government and its allies won the military battle, is the window for accountability…

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