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Publication: 27 July 2014

Gabrielle Rifkind: Without a vision for peace, violence fills the vacuum.

The Director of Oxford Research Group's Middle East Programme argues that a clear vision of the future that involves all parties is required to pave the way to peace. Read more »

Publication: 23 July 2014

Remote control warfare monthly briefing #04

Remote Control Project: The fourth in the Remote Control Project’s remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing, has been published today. The briefings cover developments in five key areas or remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Read more »

Publication: 18 July 2014

New Patron of Oxford Research Group - Dr Hans Blix

We are pleased to announce that Dr Hans Blix is now a patron of Oxford Research Group. Dr Blix's long and distinguished career includes tenures as the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Head of the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection, and Verification Commission. Dr Blix has also worked closely with ORG's Middle East Programme, where his guidance and wisdom has greatly enhanced our work. Read more »

Publication: 9 July 2014

The Iraq Crisis (Part IV): Into the Second Month

Following the capture of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul on 10 June by Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq continues to slide into crisis as the group advances throughout the country following declaration of an Islamic Caliphate in the territories it has captured. As the crisis moves into its second month, Paul Rogers assesses the group’s continued impact and next steps.   Read more »

Publication: 8 July 2014

Remote Control Annual Stakeholder Conference

Remote Control Project: The Remote Control project held its second annual stakeholder conference on 27 June 2014. A wide range of experts from think tanks, academia, journalism and NGOs participated at the event to discuss the work of the project to date and priorities for the future. The conference, held at Friends House, included presentations on the various tranches of work that have been commissioned by the project and discussion on work being undertaken by other organisations. Many of those to whom work has been commissioned were at hand to make presentations and this contributed greatly to the discussion and debate. Read more »

Publication: 7 July 2014

"The rise of ISIS signals a deeper crisis of representation amidst the different communities of the region" - Gabrielle Rifkind & ORG Advisor Gianni Picco on openDemocracy.

Gabrielle Rifkind and Gianni Picco argue that the rise of ISIS can be attributed to the 'Great Game' between Saudi Arabia and Iran in an article featured on openDemocracy. Read more »

Publication: 2 July 2014

Remote control warfare monthly briefing #03

Remote Control Project: The third in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare, commissioned by the Remote Control Project, has been published today. The briefings cover developments in five key areas or remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Read more »

Publication: 30 June 2014

The Iraq Crisis (Part III): Is Baghdad at Risk?

Following the capture of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul on 10 June by Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq continues to slide into crisis as the group advances throughout the country. This week, following the declaration of a caliphate in the territories currently held by ISIL, Paul Rogers assesses whether the jihadist group will now set its sights on Baghdad or choose to consolidate positions in other parts of Iraq. Read more »

Publication: 23 June 2014

The Iraq Crisis (Part II): Catalyst for Anti-Regime Revolt and Paramilitary Coalition

Following the capture of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul on 10 June by Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq continues to slide into crisis as the group advances throughout the country. In this second briefing on the current crisis, Paul Rogers provides insight into the dynamics and implications of paramilitary partnership in Iraq. Read more »

Publication: 16 June 2014

New Remote Control report: Drones in Pakistan relocating terrorists, not eliminating them

Remote Control Project: US drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan have caused large numbers of terrorists to relocate to other areas of the country causing an increase in violence across Pakistan, finds a new report commissioned by the Remote Control project.  Published today, the report follows the major attacks on Karachi International Airport last week that killed at least 34 people and comes days after the US resumed drone strikes in Pakistan following a five month pause. Read more »