JDB Media Work

As February prepares to give way to March my media work continues unabated. This evening will see me in conversation with Richie Allen on ITalkFM discussing the GOP elections in Michigan and Arizona last night and the victories in both states for Mitt Romney.

Tomorrow I shall be in discussion with Radio FM4 in Austria addressing new legislation that would make protesting increasingly problematic in the United States and what this says for the protection of First Amendment rights in the wake of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

ITalk FM, Pippa Jones and the Extradition of Christopher Tappin

At noon I will be in conversation with Pippa Jones of ITalk FM discussing the extradition of Christopher Tappin to the United States to face charges relating to allegedly seeking to export batteries to Iran for potential use in missile systems.

In a case that call into question the balance and equality of the UK-US extradition arrangements, it appears that the rights of UK citizens are being placed second to the demands of the United States.

More information on the case can be found at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106504/Christopher-Tappin-extradition-Fortress-Briton-detained-trial.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17162440

A piece by the always excellent Amber Elliot of Total Politics can be found here.

An interview with Christopher Tappin can be found here.

ITalk FM can be accessed live here

JDB to address the Henry Jackson Society in Cambridge tonight

I am delighted to announce that I will be addressing the Henry Jackson Society members at Cambridge University this evening.

I am honoured to have been invited by Jonathan Bronitsky and Brendan Simms to discuss U.S. politics with such an august group of people.

My talk, entitled, Process, Primaries and the Presidency, will address the events so far and consider the candidacies of Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, as well as Newt Gingrich. I will assess the Republican chances for success in November and the likelihood of Obama’s re-election. It is likely that foreign policy will be addressed so discussions of the forthcoming meeting between Obama and Netanyahu and the state of U.S-Israeli relations may be tabled.

The event is at 5.30 this evening at Pembroke College.

JDB and the Bow Group

As some eagle-eyed visitors to my LinkedIn site have already noted, I am delighted to announce my appointment with immediate effect, as Liaison Officer at the prestigious Bow Group. As the oldest – and one of the most influential – centre-right Think-Tanks in Britain, the Bow Group exists to develop policy, publish research and stimulate debate. As Liaison Officer I will be working to enhance and expand the reach of the organisation both domestically and internationally in academia, business and the wider think tank arena.

This is a major development in my efforts to make research relevent and will allow me to further develop the skill sets that I have been developing in the last fifteen years.

The Bow Group web site, with my latest piece and appearance on Sky News, can be found at www.bowgroup.org