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Terrorism and treason once more

Terrorism and treason once more

Following the latest attack in Westminster and another planned against Oxford Street, Professor Richard Ekins, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, reiterates the need to update our law of treason.

Back to the Future – with Max Hill QC

Back to the Future – with Max Hill QC

The first report produced by the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill QC, reveals a worrying tendency to engage with – and take at face value – a small minority of Islamist-influenced groups, rather than with the broad diversity of Britain’s Muslim communities. Policy Exchange’s Dr Martyn Frampton argues that these groups represent only a small fraction of British Muslims, yet Hill seems all too ready to accept their bona fides and treat their views as authoritative and representative.

Islamist attacks on Sara Khan show importance of Extremism Commissioner

Islamist attacks on Sara Khan show importance of Extremism Commissioner

The reaction to the appointment of Sara Khan as lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism has shown that Islamist narratives are still accorded too much prominence in national debates. Policy Exchange’s Hannah Stuart cautions politicians, officials and journalists who mistakenly give voice to Islamists claiming to speak on behalf of all Muslims.

The return of the internationalists? Unpacking Labour’s position on foreign policy.

The return of the internationalists? Unpacking Labour’s position on foreign policy.

Last week, Chuka Umunna spoke to Chatham House in a much-needed intervention on the state of British foreign policy.

In recent years, the British foreign policy debate has not kept up with the pace of global political and economic change. For that reason alone, there was much to commend in Umunna’s sense of urgency. To adapt to the challenges of the twenty-first century, as he put it, “we need to look ahead and develop a proper national strategy on the basis of a clear understanding of what our interests are”.

Engaging with Islamists: what makes us think it will ever work?

Engaging with Islamists: what makes us think it will ever work?

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office Minister, has been engaging with political Islamists during his recent tour of the Middle East. Sir John Jenkins — former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and co-author of the Government’s Muslim Brotherhood Review of 2015 — looks at the lamentable historical record of such attempts at outreach, what to expect from them and how they could be improved.

High Court rejects legal challenge against counter-radicalisation strategy at UK universities

High Court rejects legal challenge against counter-radicalisation strategy at UK universities

Hannah Stuart — Co-head of Policy Exchange’s Security and Extremism unit — analyses the High Court’s rejection of a legal challenge against the government’s counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, and its delivery IN higher education institutions. She explains why the ruling ‘highlights issues that are central not only to tackling terrorism in the UK, but also to challenging the extremist ideologies used to legitimise terrorism’.

A State of Extremes

A State of Extremes

In the first of a series of longer articles for Policy Exchange following the Manchester and London attacks, Sir John Jenkins — former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and co-author of the UK Government’s review of the Muslim Brotherhood published in 2015 — examines why many Western Governments find it so hard to deal with transnational ideological challenges. After the end of the Cold War, Western officialdom may not have believed in the “end of history”, but many of them did believe in the “end of ideology”. Events are once again proving them tragically wrong.

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

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

The Prime Minister says online extremism must be tackled – and here’s how

The Prime Minister says online extremism must be tackled – and here’s how

Policy Exchange’s Co-Head of Security and Extremism, Hannah Stuart, looks at what more can be done to counter extremism online following Theresa May’s pledge to prevent the internet being used as a safe space for extremism. She proposes a new regulator to work with Ofcom to ensure that technology companies take responsibility for extremist material published on their platforms and provide more support and funding for the police’s online security teams

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