Dean Godson

Dean Godson
Dean Godson is Director of Policy Exchange. He joined the think tank in 2005, and ran its security research until becoming Director in 2013. Prior to Policy Exchange, Dean was Chief Leader Writer of the Daily Telegraph. He also worked as Associate Editor of The Spectator, and was a contributing editor for Prospect Magazine. He is the author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, which has been widely hailed as one of the most authoritative books on the Troubles. He comments regularly on national and international affairs for The Times, TheSunday Times, Prospect Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Policy Exchange welcomes Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, for discussion on religious freedom and extremism

Dean Godson, Director of Policy Exchange, was delighted to welcome Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, to Policy Exchange’s London offices for a discussion on religious freedom and extremism of all kinds. The discussion included the role of the state in combatting religious extremism and how the UK and the United States can work closely together to deal with these challenges.

Deal or No Deal: What happens if the UK leaves the EU without a comprehensive agreement?

Policy Exchange launches a call for evidence on the implications of the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without a comprehensive deal. Published initially on ConservativeHome, Policy Exchange’s Director Dean Godson sets out our belief that we need to consider what will happen if we don’t get a deal. We are asking for assessments of the immediate effects of Brexit on a wide range of policy issues, from trade and migration, to fisheries and air traffic control

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Planning Anew

This collection of essays is published alongside Policy Exchange’s report Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century. It brings together economists, architects, urban designers, campaigners, developers, lawyers and researchers to consider how the planning system can be reformed in a way that addresses the challenges of our modern economy and society.

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Dean Godson: How the Conservatives divide on policy towards China

Dean Godson, the Director of Policy Exchange, wrote for Conservative Home about how the Conservative Party is divided on policy towards China in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. “Nearly everyone now has an opinion on China because of Covid19,” he says. “One measurement of the salience of an issue is the proliferation of party caucuses – such as the Huawei WhatsApp Group and the China Research Group. There is also talk of an alternative to the China APPG, seen by some as insufficiently challenging to the PRC.” Read the article here.


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The meaning of Sean O’Callaghan

Sean O’Callaghan, one of the most senior defectors from the Provisional IRA during the Troubles, died suddenly last week. He launched his most recent book, James Connolly: my search for the man, the myth and his legacy -- here at Policy Exchange in 2015. Dean Godson, Policy Exchange’s Director and author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, looks at the wider strategic meaning of O’Callaghan’s career for the Spectator’s Coffee House.

The DUP: no longer Ulster’s abominable ‘No’ men

Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson, author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, writes for the Sunday Times on the wider issues round the Conservative Party’s relations with the DUP.

The Prime Minister is right to assert that Islamist ideology is one of the key threats of our time

Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson looks at the government’s renewed emphasis on Islamist extremism in the wake of the Borough attacks – and notes Theresa May’s focus on ideology as the “upstream” source of much of the problem. The Government’s task now is to ensure that its policy on counter-extremism is implemented throughout the public sector – which, as all Prime Ministers have found since 7/7, is easier said than done

No longer overlooked but still decisive: has Theresa May conquered class politics for the Tories?

Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson explores how gender, race, and sexuality dominated the early phases of Tory modernisation -- and how the Prime Minister is now scaling the most challenging of peaks, namely class.

David Trimble saw the sacrifices that had to be made for peace

Following the death of Martin McGuinness, Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson, author of the biography of David Trimble, 'Himself Alone’, was invited by the Evening Standard to reflect on the Unionist leader's relationship with the Sinn Fein/IRA commander

Policy Exchange's Director, Dean Godson, comments on the results of the US Presidential election

What mobilised small town and rural America to vault Donald Trump into the White House? In short, the sense of being effectively told by the Democratic Party, in that most Darwinian of American phrases – “you’re history”. The leading Clintonite pollster and strategist, Stan Greenberg – author of the fashionable work, America Ascendant – exemplified this approach in the Guardian just a year ago: “The US is now beyond the […]

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