Henry Jackson Society
|Motto||The Project for Democratic Geopolitics|
|Formation||11 March 2005|
|Headquarters||Millbank Tower, London|
History and political aims
The society was founded on 11 March 2005 by academics and students at Cambridge (many of whom were affiliated with the Centre for International Studies), including Brendan Simms, Alan Mendoza, Gideon Mailer, James Rogers and Matthew Jamison. It organizes meetings with speakers in the House of Commons. The society advocates an interventionist foreign-policy that promotes human rights and reduces suffering, by both non-military and military methods, when appropriate.
After originating within the University of Cambridge, the organisation is now based in London. In April 2011 the entire staff of another London think-tank, the Centre for Social Cohesion (which has since been dissolved), joined the Henry Jackson Society.
The organization is a registered charity in England and Wales and earns financial backing from private donations and grant-making organisations which support its work. The income of the society increased significantly from 2009 to 2014, from £98,000 to £1.6 million per year.
In 2009 the society became the secretariat of two all-party parliamentary groups (APPGs), for Transatlantic and International Security, chaired by Gisela Stuart, and for Homeland Security, chaired by Bernard Jenkin. A transparency requirement upon non-profit organisations acting as secretariat at that time was that they must reveal, on request, any corporate donors who gave £5,000 or more to the organisation over the past year or cease acting as a secretariat organisation. In 2014, following a query, the society refused to disclose this information and resigned its position as secretariat of the APPGs concerned in order to comply with the Rules. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Hudson, upheld a complaint against these APPGs on the grounds data had not been provided, but noted the society had already resigned its position and that the consequence of this non-provision therefore "appears to have taken effect" as the Rules intended. The case was therefore closed with no further action taken and the APPGs themselves dissolved with the dissolution of Parliament in March 2015. The APPG Rules were subsequently changed in March 2015 so that only those non-profit organisations providing services to APPGs of more than £12,500 in value needed to declare their corporate donors.
The think tank has been described by The Guardian newspaper as neoconservative. The society itself does not use that term and its supporters include members of both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party.
The initial signatories of the statement of principles included:
- Members of Parliament Michael Ancram, Michael Gove, Edward Vaizey, David Willetts, Denis MacShane, Fabian Hamilton, Gisela Stuart,
- former MPs David Trimble, Jackie Lawrence, Greg Pope,
- former soldier Tim Collins,
- Sir Richard Dearlove — former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, and formerly Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge - and the American economist Irwin Stelzer.
- "Henry Jackson Society | Advisory Council". henryjacksonsociety.org. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
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- "UNPO: Ahwazi: Iran Slammed for 'Barbarian' Treatment of Ahwazi Arabs". unpo.org. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Isaby, Jonathan. "Douglas Murray and staff from the Centre for Social Cohesion join the Henry Jackson Society". Conservative Home. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- Charity Commission. The Henry Jackson Society, registered charity no. 1140489.
- Ramesh, Randeep (30 December 2014). "Rightwing thinktank pulls funds for Commons groups after disclosure row". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- The Transatlantic and International Security APG: Report (PDF). Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (Report) (UK Parliament). 8 December 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- The Homeland Security APG: Report (PDF). Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (Report) (UK Parliament). 8 December 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Guide to the Rules on APGs (PDF) (Report). UK Parliament. March 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- Clark, David (24 November 2005). "The neoconservative temptation beckoning Britain's bitter liberals". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- Taylor, Ros (22 November 2005). "Inside the hawks' nest". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "Statement of Principles". Henry Jackson Society. 11 March 2005. Archived from the original on 30 April 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2006.
- "International Patrons of The Henry Jackson Society". Henry Jackson Society. Archived from the original on 30 April 2006.