Rachel Briggs
Rachel Briggs OBE is the Research and Policy Director for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Director of Hostage UK, which works with the families of victims kidnapped overseas

Entries by Rachel Briggs

We Need a More Nuanced Approach for Dealing With British Jihadists Who Want to Come Home

(18) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (00:00)

There are growing reports that British jihadis fighting in Syria want to come home; it has been claimed that dozens are trapped in Syria unable to leave, and up to 100 are stranded in Turkey having made it out of Syria, but worried or unable to...

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Are Women the Next Frontline in the Syrian Conflict?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (15:36)

A report on the Today Programme this morning spoke to young women in Luton thinking about travelling to Syria. So, are there more women travelling? What will they do when they get there? And is there anything that can be done to prevent them leaving?

The war in...

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Foreign Fighters: How to Win the War of Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (16:24)

Today's report by the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee warns of the alarming number of westerners traveling to Syria to fight and calls for stronger efforts to counter the recruitment narratives of extremists. As Committee Chairman, Keith Vaz, warned "without the Government helping peer-led projects to tackle...

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Five Messages for Ed Miliband on Foreign Policy

(3) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (00:00)

When prime minister Miliband walks into Downing Street on 8 May 2015, he will inherit a foreign and security policy machine that needs fixing. The country can't afford to support its ambitions for world leadership; new alliances are needed with the private sector; investment is needed in systems capacity -...

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Prime Minister's Taskforce Recommendations on Tackling Extremism Online Won't Be Effective

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (14:04)

This week, the Prime Minister's Tackling Extremism in the UK task force reported its findings and recommendations. Set up in the aftermath of the killing of Lee Rigby in London in May 2013, the task force points to the need to tackle extremist propaganda online.

Although the report mentions...

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