This expert is no longer a staff member at The Heritage Foundation.
Robin Simcox was the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, where he specializes in counter-terrorism and national security policy.
Simcox testified before Congress on multiple occasions on issues related to ISIS, al-Qaeda and associated movements. He has also provided oral evidence to a committee of Parliament established to examine British intelligence policy.
Simcox’s commentary has been published in newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The (London) Telegraph, and The Guardian. It also has appeared in magazines and journals such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, West Point’s CTC Sentinel, and The Weekly Standard.
He regularly appears on a variety of broadcast and cable news outlets, including Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, BBC, and Sky News.
Prior to arriving at Heritage in January 2016, Simcox was a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, a foreign policy think tank in London. While there, he authored several important works on the terrorist group al-Qaeda, including "Al-Qaeda in the United States," a 728-page monograph profiling every known court conviction in America linked to al-Qaeda.
In joining Heritage’s Thatcher Center for Freedom and assuming the fellowship that bears the name of the former British prime minister, he became part of the leading policy center in Washington dedicated to strengthening the Anglo-American “special relationship” as well as U.S. and British leadership of the broader transatlantic alliance. Established in 2005, the Thatcher Center is the only public policy center in the world dedicated to advancing the vision and ideals of Lady Thatcher, who died in 2013.
Robin received a master of science degree in U.S. foreign policy from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, and a bachelor of arts degree in international history from the University of Leeds. He studied for a year at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Originally from Lincolnshire, England, Simcox currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Sep 29, 2020 6 min read