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Job: 17 November 2014

Job Opportunity: Lead Fundraiser (Individuals & Trusts)

ORG is seeking a Lead Fundraiser to head an ambitious campaign for 2015 to increase, diversify and sustain its income.  Because much of ORG’s conflict prevention and resolution work needs to be responsive to events and opportunities, we are focusing on unrestricted funding from individual donors, family trusts, and philanthropic institutions. This new role will capitalise on the constitution of an ORG Development Board, the success of ORG’s programmes in raising restricted funding from statutory and trust donors, and a successful fundraising campaign in 2014. Closing date for applications is 27 November.  Read more »

Publication: 10 November 2014

ORG Special Security Briefing: Too Quiet on the Western Front? The Counter-terrorism Build-up in the Sahel-Sahara Continues

Richard Reeve, Director of ORG's Sustainable Security Programme, examines the increasing escalation of counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel-Sahara region in this follow-up to From New Frontiers to New Normal: Counter-terrorism Operations in the Sahel-Sahara. Download the briefing here. Read more »

Publication: 5 November 2014

Paul Rogers Security Briefing: The evolution of the Islamic State conflict

Recent events in Iraq and Syria have demonstrated the limitations of aerial attack by the coalition of Western and Arab states in containing the activities of Islamic State (IS). In this briefing Paul Rogers argues that the result is increasingly stalemate and that this may be to the advantage of IS rather than its opponents.  Read more »

Publication: 4 November 2014

ORG's Palestinian Strategy Group: a workshop on the Palestinian national crisis

The Middle East Programme's Palestinian Strategy Group held a workshop to discuss the national crisis in the wake of the recent war in Gaza. The meeting brought together politicians, academics, and conflict resolution specialists to produce proposals to advance the Palestinian national project.  Read more »

Publication: 14 October 2014

Gabrielle Rifkind interview: Foreign fighters may not be as big a threat as feared

As western governments look for ways to prevent their citizens from joining the Islamic State group and other militant groups, ORG's Gabrielle Rifkind is interviewed on the motivations for joining these groups and opportunities to re-integrate people upon their return.   Read more »

Publication: 9 October 2014

New book: Pioneering the Possible by Scilla Elworthy

ORG co-founder Dr. Scilla Elworthy presents a bold but realistic vision for the future in Pioneering the Possible. With profiles of individuals who exemplify transformative leadership such as Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi, the book demonstrates anyone can develop the magnificent inner power to build their own contribution to the future and become a 21st-century pioneer of what's possible.  Read more »

Publication: 8 October 2014

Public Event: The Fog of Peace authors Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco in conversation in October

During October, The Fog of Peace authors Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco will be speaking about their recent book at two events at the Freud Museum and Chatham House. The conversations will share their experiences of international peace-making through behind-the-scenes negotiation, exploring the difficulties and opportunities for making peace in today’s fractured world. Read more »

Publication: 7 October 2014

Paul Rogers Security Briefing: The Islamic State and its potential

This briefing is concerned with the aims and intentions of the Islamic State (IS) and whether the approach being adopted by the international coalition will have the intended effect: the destruction of the group.  While this is just one part of a complex international conflict in the region, it is central to any analysis of why the movement has apparently developed so rapidly and whether it is amenable to control primarily by the application of external air power.  Read more »

Publication: 30 September 2014

Youth, Conflict and Peacebuilding: ORG’s Richard Reeve joins UNICEF panel debate

Why do young people become involved in conflict and violence? How can young people’s energy be harnessed, so they become the key drivers for peace? In this new televised UNICEF Debate chaired by Martin Bell, ORG’s Richard Reeve joins other experts to discuss the role of youth in conflict and peacebuilding and the impact of ICT and new media on fragile and conflict-affected societies. Read more »

Publication: 26 September 2014

Ammerdown Invitation: Paul Rogers and Gabrielle Rifkind on alternative visions of security

ORG’s Global Security Consultant Paul Rogers is among 25 conflict analysts and peace-builders calling for a public conversation about how best to build long-term security for people in the UK and worldwide. Known as the Ammerdown Invitation, the statement from the group’s recent meeting invites further suggestions on an alternative security policy. ORG's Gabrielle Rifkind has responded with an article on mediation as a key alternative to militarism.   Read more »