Max Saatchi stands with other protesters while wearing a mask depicting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a "No to Rouhani, Yes to Human Rights in Iran Rally" organized by the National Council of Resistance to Iran, outside the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 28, .
(photo credit: DARREN ORNITZ / REUTERS)
The conservative think tank The London Center for Policy Research recently hosted a forum called “The Cry of Women: What Are the Main Challenges Women Face Today and How to Overcome Them?” This forum brought together three women from Turkey, Iran and Lebanon, respectively, to discuss the plight of women in the Middle East. This program addressed a group of women whose plight has been left out of the “Me Too” discussion.
This forum was one of many that have been held by the London Center for Policy Research, which is continually striving to educate the American public about topics related to national and foreign policy that are rarely discussed in national discourse in the US.
It is a basic desire to live in a country where human rights are cherished and national security is a given. We all want to feel safe and respected. Policy in the US works each day to move us closer to this; however, many still do not understand that US security and prosperity is tied to that of people in other countries.
Fortunately, the London Center does understand this. Helmed by an expert on foreign and national policy, Dr. Herbert London, who is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and concurrently works to protect the US and to preserve basic human rights. London and his colleagues work to pinpoint hot spots of potential danger to the US, determine the political and social climates of the area and formulate policy that will have a beneficial impact.
In addition to its many forums, the London Center also holds a lecture series that features expert speakers in the fields of industry, energy, politics and peacekeeping. Prior speakers have been Dr. Henry Kissinger and Lt.-Col. Anthony Shaffer; former CIA director and London Center Senior Fellow R. James Woolsey and commentator and Senior Fellow Monica Crowley will be upcoming speakers.
London himself strives to educate, having written and edited 30 books, and is seen regularly discussing issues pertaining to national security and foreign policy on Fox Business shows as well as radio shows across the country.
But London is not content simply to investigate a matter, release his findings and sit back. He and his colleagues ensure that this information is used to form policy that will both respect human rights and protect the US.
For instance, London’s advocacy was critical in the creation of the Taylor Force Act, which promises to stop American economic aid to the Palestinian Authority while it continues to pay out reward money for violence. The PA doles out cash from its Martyrs’ Fund to individuals and the families of individuals who engage in terrorist actions against Israel or other non-Palestinian groups. The act is named for an American serviceman who was murdered by a Palestinian in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv while he was there studying. While taking on the PA, the London Center pushed for the Muslim Brotherhood to be declared a terrorist organization.
Additionally, the London Center’s influence helped reverse the White House’s stance on Egypt. Though Egypt has been a political ally to the US for decades – something that is quite rare in the Middle East – the Obama administration chose to eschew that friendship and put the US’ relationship at risk. After some research and advice from the London Center, President Donald Trump reinvigorated the White House’s relationship with Egypt.
It is also believed that London’s viewpoints greatly inspired Trump’s comments in his Riyadh speech, where he gave a detail-oriented overview of national security and defense as it pertains to the Middle East, and laid out plans to better protect the US.
So how does the London Center accomplish so much? Everyone involved with the London Center – from its board members to its senior fellows – wants to make a positive change in the world and especially aid in making the US safe and respected.
Some of these key players include Eli Gold, who is the senior vice president of the organization, and Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, vice president for strategic initiatives and a frequent commentator for news outlets concerning foreign policy and security. There are also are many more highly accomplished senior fellows with distinguished resumes who write and publish frequently on topics concerning human rights, foreign relations, and the safety and security of the United States.
All of these talented and passionate minds are brought together by Dr. Herbert London, who himself is an expert on national security. A cornerstone of London’s career has always been education; he was a professor and dean at New York University, founding the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and he was former president of the Hudson Institute.
By viewing human rights violations and national security through the same lens, the London Center is able to conceive of innovative solutions. The event today was just one of the many times the London Center has enlightened the American public on the issues and challenges the US is bound to face.The author is a New Jersey-based journalist who frequently writes about education.