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July 11, 2006

Social Affairs Unit on Start the Week, Newsnight and The Moral Maze

Posted by Michael Mosbacher

Yesterday (10th July 2006) Alan Mendoza was a guest on BBC Radio 4's flagship Start the Week programme to discuss the Social Affairs Unit book The British Moment: The Case for Democratic Geopolitics in the Twenty-first Century. The British Moment is the foreign policy manifesto of the Henry Jackson Society. The book will be launched at a reception at the Reform Club this Thursday (13th July 2006). The other guests on Start the Week alongside Alan Mendoza were Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mark Thomas and Bill Buford.

Also yesterday (10th July 2006) the lead item on BBC Two's Newsnight programme was based on a forthcoming Social Affairs Unit book, The Open Side of Secrecy. John N. L. Morrison - the former Investigator of the Intelligence and Security Committee (the oversight body for MI5 and MI6) and previous to that Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence and Head of the Defence Intelligence Analysis Staff - explained why he believes oversight of the intelligence services to have become toothless. John N. L. Morrison is the co-author (with Anthony Glees and Philip H. J. Davies) of a forthcoming Social Affairs Unit book The Open Side of Secrecy: Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee, which will be the first in-depth analysis of the Intelligence and Security Committee and the UK's intelligence oversight regime.

Douglas Murray - the author of Neoconservatism: Why We Need It, published at the end of last year by the Social Affairs Unit - was a "witness" on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze programme last week (5th July 2006) to discuss what is to be done about extremist Islamism and the threat of terrorism one year on from the 7/7 bombings.

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