Robin Simcox
Robin Simcox a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Cohesion. He is the co-author of "Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections" and the author of "A Degree of Influence: The Funding of Strategically Important Subjects in UK Universities" and "Control Orders: Strengthening National Security". He has written for The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, Prospect, Weekly Standard and Standpoint and regularly comments across the media, including in The New York Times and The Times, and on the BBC, Sky News, Fox News, and Al Jazeera.

Entries by Robin Simcox

Remember Us?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2014 | (11:03)

There has been understandable focus in recent months on events in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State. Yet we must not forget that al-Qaeda - still the most prominent terrorist network out there - also has the West in its sights.

On Wednesday, al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri...

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Tony Blair and The Big Picture of Radical Islam

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2014 | (14:08)

Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground. Equally unsurprising is the visceral response to any public uttering from...

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The Ongoing Need for Military Commissions

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (15:27)

Do not be fooled by the conviction of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaeda spokesman and Osama bin Laden's son in law. His successful prosecution in a civilian court does not mean all terrorists can be tried in this way. Military commissions such as those in Guantanamo Bay will continue to play...

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The Guantanamo Bay Detainees Reluctant to Go Home

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (14:37)

Balancing national security concerns with human rights obligations is a perennial problem for Western governments. Nowhere has this liberty/security balance proven more controversial than Guantanamo Bay, where a recent incident particularly highlighted this dilemma.

The US has just transferred two detainees there, Bensayah Belkacem and Djamel Ameziane, back to Algeria,...

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A Reply to Sadiq Khan

(2) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (17:16)

I have read Sadiq Khan MP's article from last week several times and am still dumbfounded by it. His criticism of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan's extradition to the U.S. to face terror charges is wildly misguided.

Extensive U.S. legal documentation clearly spells out the case...

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A Diary From Guantanamo Bay

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (14:36)

I land at Guantanamo Bay Airport but my luggage does not. Aware that the chance of it being tracked down and then re-routed to a high security military base in Cuba is slim, I resign myself to spending a week in the clothes I left London in. To compound this,...

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The Necessity of State Secrecy in Combating Al-Qaeda

(1) Comments | Posted 27 August 2013 | (15:12)

For better or worse, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have ignited a debate on state secrecy. The momentum within public sentiment presently seems to be that our governments have concealed too much, for too long.

Yet when it comes to national security, sometimes the less we know the better. A...

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Al-Qaeda in Iraq's Growing Ambitions

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (17:46)

After two extremely bloody and costly interventions in Iraq in recent times, there is surely little enthusiasm for a third. However, the growing al-Qaeda threat in that country may force Iraq to once again be prioritised.

Last Sunday, key al-Qaeda (AQ) fighters escaped prison following a jailbreak the group initiated...

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The Whitewashing of Britain's Guantanamo Bay Detainees

(1) Comments | Posted 9 January 2012 | (23:00)

I had never heard of anyone having their limbs blown off while trying to buy property until I learned of Tarek Dergoul, the former British Guantánamo Bay detainee.

He says he was innocently trying to buy a villa in Afghanistan after 9/11 when it was...

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