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Douglas Murray

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Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society

Bestselling author and award-winning journalist

Prolific and renowned debater

Douglas Murray is a British writer and commentator. He regularly appears on British current affairs programmes such as ‘Question Time’, ‘Newsnight’, and ‘The Daily Politics’. He also provides opinion on international news stations including CNN, Fox, and Sky News.

Douglas is a highly-accomplished orator who has participated in many high-profile debates around the world. These include debating Julian Assange on the motion “This house believes whistle-blowers make the world a safer place” and taking the side of Ayaan Hirsi Ali to oppose the motion “Islam is a Religion of Peace”. He has also taken part in several debates at the Oxford Union and Cambridge Union.

Douglas writes regularly in the UK and international press. He is currently a regular columnist in ‘The Sunday Times’ who are serialising his latest book ‘The Strange Death of Europe’. He is also Associate Editor of ‘The Spectator’ magazine and Director of the Henry Jackson Society.

From 2002-2003, Douglas was one of only two journalists to see all the evidence of the military, political, and intelligence witnesses to the Saville Inquiry, which was set up to further investigate the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’. Through this experience, he wrote ‘Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and the Saville Inquiry’. The book was jointly awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for advancing peace and understanding.

Douglas is the author of several other books. The first, written when he was just nineteen, was a biography of Lord Alfred Douglas. It was described by the late Christopher Hitchens as “masterly”. In 2005, ‘Neoconservatism: Why We Need It’ was published. In it, Douglas defined neoconservative thought and defended it against certain critics who he saw as motivated by anti-Americanism and moral relativism. In May 2017 his latest work, ‘The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam’ was released. The book documents his personal experiences gained while traveling across Europe to report on the migrant crisis.

Our Comment

"Douglas is widely recognised as one of the most important thinkers in modern conservative debate. He avoids the banalities and platitudes that litter much of the current political discourse. Consequently, he provides a viewpoint of genuine originality that challenges an audience to truly engage with the issue at hand."

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