Richard Kemp Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute
Colonel Richard Kemp, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, spent most his 30-year career in the British Army fighting terrorism and insurgency, commanding front-line troops in some of the world's toughest hotspots including Iraq, the Balkans, South Asia and Northern Ireland. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003.
As well as leading at the sharp end of conflict, he has been involved in direction of national policy at the highest level. From 2002 - 2006 he was in the British Prime Minister's Office, heading the international terrorism team at the Joint Intelligence Committee. Concurrently he served as chairman of the strategic intelligence group at COBRA, the UK national crisis management committee. Throughout his service he worked closely with US forces as well as other international allies and was a founder member of the inter-governmental US-UK International Security Strategy Group.
He is a best-selling author, a regular columnist for 'The Times' of London, frequently writes for other national and international newspapers and is a prolific contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes. He has undertaken many successful speaking tours in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Europe, covering topics including leadership, decision-making, crisis management, terrorism, intelligence, conflict and the challenges facing the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the U.S. locate Osama bin Laden, has been in jail in Pakistan since he was arrested days after the raid on bin Laden's compound in 2011. In 2013, he was granted a retrial, with a new charge that appears politically motivated: charged with murder in regard to the death, eight years earlier, of a patient he had treated. Afridi has gone on a hunger strike protest his unspeakable prison conditions -- including torture. His former lawyer, Samiullah Khan Afridi, was murdered by the Taliban in March 2015. The Obama Administration appears to have abandoned him.