Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray

Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion and Standpoint columnist, Murray is the author of Neoconservatism: why we need it. His biography of Lord Alfred Douglas was published whilst still an undergraduate at Oxford.


Murray was born in 1979 , he was educated at St Benedict’s School in West London and at Eton College near Windsor. He went on to study English at Oxford and has since then become a best-selling author on neoconservatism, UK policy and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He’s currently a columnist for Standpoint and a regular contributor for the Spectator.

Murray’s contribution to a transatlantic defence report got him famous for his recommendation to resort to “pre-emptive nuclear strikes in order to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction”.

Political life

In 2007, Douglas Murray founded the Centre for Social Cohesion which he directed until 2011 until it was integrated into the Henry Jackson Society. Now an associate director of the latter, Murray’s work focuses on promoting British interests in the EU but also human rights, democracy and “robust foreign, security and defence policy”. The organisation’s ties with pro-Israeli groups have quickly earned it a reputation of being a neoconservatist think-tank opposed to British muslim communities.

Murray is also a member of NGO Monitor, an organisation based in Jerusalem, which analyses and reports publications from the NGO community on the Arab-Israeli conflict with the mission to “present Israel’s case to the world”.

In the Media

In recent years, Murray has become an expert on Islamic fundamentalism in the UK, providing critical insights at the lack of freedom of speech among European Muslim communities and advocating for stronger immigration regulation within the EU. He makes regular appearances in the media (BBC’s Question Time & Hard Talk, Sky News, Fox News, Al Jazeera), and takes part in debates at the British and European Parliaments on UK foreign policy.

He has been a frequent critic of multiculturalism, which he insists should be separated from the ideal of a multiracial society.

In 2012, Murray was appointed contributing editor of the Spectator.

Expertise & research interests

Iran; Arab-Israeli conflict; national security; UK foreign policy; terrorism; extremism; multiculturalism