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20 September 2017




The Trustees of the Airey Neave Trust are delighted to announce that the four books chosen for the Short List for consideration for this year’s prize are:


Al-Qaeda's Revenge:  The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings - Fernando Reinares & Bruce Riedel (Columbia University Press)

Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State - Ali Soufan (W. W. Norton &Co)

Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad - Malcolm Nance & Christopher Sampson (Skyhorse Publishing)

Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus (Penguin Books)

The winner of the 2017 Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize will be announced on November 22nd 2017 and will be presented by Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL (Jonathan Evans, former Director-General of the British Security Service, the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence service) and a cheque for £5,000 will be handed over to the winning author by Julian Enoizi, CEO of Pool Reinsurance Company. 

The judges are:

Sir David Veness CBE - former Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety and Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005.


Brigadier Ed Butler CBE DSO - retired from the British Army as a Brigadier after an operational career spanning 24 years, much of it spent on global counter terrorist operations, including command of 22 SAS over 9/11 and British Forces in Afghanistan in 2006. Now Head of Risk Analysis and a member of the Executive Management team at Pool Reinsurance Ltd and senior advisor to EDF Energy (Nuclear) Generation.
Michael Bottenheim - Master of Law, Leiden University, MBA, Michigan State University. Non-Executive Director and member of the advisory board of Montrose Associates. Formerly Director of UPM-Kymmene, Helsinki (2001-2009) and Senior Adviser, Lincoln International(2003-2014). Managing Director of Lazard Brothers & Co. Limited (1985-2000), Director of Citicorp, London and Zurich (1976-1985), and a former Member of the Supervisory Board of Abemy B.V. Netherlands.
Sir David Omand GCB - the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint Agency). Previously, in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, he was particularly concerned with long term strategy, with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor.
Professor Michael Clarke - Director General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) from 2007 to 2015. Until 2001 he was Deputy Vice-Principal and Director for Research Development at King’s College London, where he remains a Visiting Professor of Defence Studies. From 1990 to 2001 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s. He has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997, having served previously with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee 1995-6, and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Bribery in 2009. In 2004 he was appointed as the UK’s member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 2009 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s National Security Forum and in 2010 to the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Group. He also served on the Strategic Advisory Panel on Defence for UK Trade and Industry and in 2014 was Chairman of the Defence Communications Advisory panel for the Ministry of Defence.



19 May 2017

On June 1st, James Fergusson's new book (part funded by the Airey Neave Trust) - Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain - will be published by Transworld.

In this groundbreaking book, James Fergusson travels the length of Britain to explore our often misunderstood Muslim communities, and to experience life on both sides of our increasingly segregated society.
The face of Britain is changing. The Muslim population has more than doubled over the last twenty years, and is projected to do so again over the next twenty. A societal shift of this size and speed has inevitably brought growing pains, with the impact on our communities becoming ever more profound – as well as painful, because in the eyes of many, Islam has a problem: the extremist views of a tiny minority, which, when translated into action, can result in catastrophic violence. 
The danger of this extremist threat - or our response to it - is that we are collectively starting to lose faith in the cultural diversity that has glued our nation together for so long. Our tolerance of others, so often celebrated as a ‘fundamental British value,’ is at risk.
In this groundbreaking book, James Fergusson travels the length of Britain to evaluate the impact these seismic shifts have had on our communities. With the rise of nationalist movements, growing racial tensions and an increasingly out of touch political elite, what does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain? What is life like on both sides of this growing religious divide? And what can we do to heal the fractures appearing in our national fabric?
Al-Britannia, My Country is a timely and urgent account of life in Britain today, a call to action filled with real-life experience, hard truths and important suggestions for our future.

"This is an impressively sustained attempt to listen to what British Muslims are actually saying, honest, fair-minded and not uncritical. For once we are allowed to see Islamic life in Britain in its human diversity, its three-dimensional reality. A seriously necessary book." (Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury)
"A fascinating journey across the diversity of Al-Britannia. Fergusson's fresh approach yields powerful and honest insights. A must read." (Miqdaad Versi, Muslim Council of Britain)
"A highly readable and common sense dismantling of the conventional view of British Islam. His gentle, unassuming tone makes his analysis all the more powerful. His message is urgent… a hugely important book." (Peter Oborne)
"A timely book that deals with some complex and sensitive issues. Fergusson allows individuals on all sides of the argument to put their case." (Baroness Warsi)
"Fergusson sees through the curse of terrorism to reveal Muslims who – much like the rest of us – are kind, funny, confused, fearful, angry and proud to be British. His conclusion is heartening: that living better together is not only desirable, but well within our grasp." (David Anderson QC)

3 February 2017

The Airey Neave Trust is delighted to announce the inauguration of an annual Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize (the “Neave” Prize) which is very generously being sponsored, for the next three years, by Pool Reinsurance Ltd, the Government backed terrorism reinsurance scheme.  
The Neave Prize will be awarded annually to the work of non-fiction which the Judging Panel considers to have made the most significant, original, relevant, and practically valuable contribution to the understanding of terrorism (terrorists are sub-state actors who violently target non-combatants to communicate a political message to a third party’ - Louise Richardson, What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Terrorist Threat (London: John Murray, 2006),  p. 38).

The first Prize will be awarded to the author[s] of a book published in the English language between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017, according to the following Terms and Conditions:

 • the author[s] or publisher of the book must submit a copy of the book, either hard copy or digital, to the Administrator of the Airey Neave Trust, in formal submission of the book for the Prize competition, and they must do so by 31 July 2017;
the book must contribute significantly to scholarly and/or other analytical understanding of counter-terrorism, the latter term interpreted as referring to the prevention or curbing of acts of terroristic violence;
the Panel of Judges will consist of Trustees of the ANT, supported by independent experts in the field of terrorism; a team judges being appointed by the ANT for each year's competition; 
the judges’ decision on the short-listing submissions and the winner(s) is final; 
no serving member of the ANT, or Judging Panel or Pool Re,  will be eligible to have one of their own books considered for the Prize;
an author can submit more than one book in the approved publication timeline; 
the book must have a UK publisher involved;
the submission can include books sponsored by the ANT; 
the Prize will amount to £5,000 for the winning book;
the short-list for the Prize will consist of six books and will be announced in [September/October] following the deadline for submissions;
the winner of the Prize will be announced in November 2017 at a formal ceremony in London thereafter. Those authors’ books which were short-listed will also be announced at this ceremony.  

Quote by John Giffard, Chairman of the Airey Neave Trust:
“The relevance of these types of publications is increasing in an environment where quality journalism has been threatened by new media. The ANT and Pool Re both agree that the Neave Book prize is a way of contributing to the dissemination of timely and relevant quality information about terrorism which will contribute to greater public awareness and understanding of this complex issue.”

Quote by Julian Enoizi CEO of Pool Re:

“Pool Re is proud to sponsor the inaugural Neave Book Prize. As the principal reinsurer of UK commercial property against terrorist attack we recognise the important role that academia and private authors have in supporting the Government and industry in identifying and assessing the unprecedented terrorist threats that we face.” 

Please send submissions, or if you have any questions, to the Airey Neave Trust Administrator at: orThe Airey Neave Trust, PO Box 111, Leominster HR6 6BP

16 January 2017

Edward Webb, grandson of Airey Neave, became a Trustee in November 2016.  He is the Chairman of Webbs Garden Centres Ltd.

28 October 2016

Richard English is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalization and Engagement at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Professor of Politics, and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.    Between 2011 and 2016 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews.  He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006).  His most recent book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.  He is also the co-editor/editor of a further six books and has published more than fifty journal articles and book chapters.  He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history, including work for the BBC, CNN, ITN, SKY NEWS, NPR, RTE, the Irish Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, the Guardian, and the Financial Times.   He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews.