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Middle East

Our innovative work provides new approaches to the shifting landscape of conflict in the Middle East through the perspectives of human security and conflict resolution.

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Sustainable Security

We analyse the long-term drivers of global insecurity to effect a substantial shift in government and public understandings of the major threats to security in the 21st century.

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Every Casualty

We work to enhance the capacity, clarify the legal framework, and build the political will for every single casualty of armed conflict throughout the world to be recorded.

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Latest News & Publications

Publication: 2 September 2014

Gaza After Two Months – Consequences for Israel

As a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continues, ORG Global Security Consultant Paul Rogers analyses the consequences of the conflict in the Palestinian, Israeli, and international arenas. Read more »

Publication: 1 September 2014

Remote control warfare monthly briefing #05

Remote Control Project: The fifth 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: 1 September 2014

New Civil Society Organisation for Casualty Recording: Every Casualty Worldwide

Oxford Research Group is pleased to announce that the Every Casualty Programme within Oxford Research Group will become an independent civil society organisation as of 1 October 2014. Read more »

Publication: 12 August 2014

Casualty Recording and Remote Control Warfare: Elizabeth Minor discusses new report

Our latest report finds that the use of emerging 'remote-control' military tactics – armed drones, autonomous weapons, special operations forces, private military and security companies – poses serious challenges to casualty recording.  Watch Every Casualty's Elizabeth Minor discuss the significance of the new report Losing Sight of the Human Cost: Casualty Recording and Remote Control Warfare.     Read more »

Publication: 12 August 2014

New Remote Control Report: Losing Sight of the Human Cost

Remote Control Project: A new report from the Every Casualty Programme at Oxford Research Group, commissioned by the Remote Control project, finds that the use of emerging 'remote-control' military tactics – armed drones, autonomous weapons, special operations forces, private military and security companies – poses serious challenges to casualty recording.  Read more »

Publication: 5 August 2014

Counter-terrorism Operations in the Sahel-Sahara: Richard Reeve discusses new report

Sustainable Security programme Director Richard Reeve discusses our latest report 'From New Frontier to New Normal: Counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel-Sahara'. The report finds that the Sahel-Sahara is the ‘new frontier’ in global counter-terrorism operations, prompting major transitions in US and French military positioning.     Read more »

Publication: 5 August 2014

New Remote Control Report: A New Frontier of Counter-terrorism in the Sahel-Sahara

Remote Control Project: A new report finds that the Sahel-Sahara is the ‘new frontier’ in global counter-terrorism operations, prompting major transitions in US and French military positioning.  Launched today, the report coincides with the 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit. Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, Oxford Research Group’s report, From New Frontier to New Normal: Counter -terrorism operations in the Sahel-Sahara finds that 2014 is a critical year for militarisation of the Sahel-Sahara and the entrenchment of foreign powers there. Read more »

Publication: 31 July 2014

Gaza: Context and Consequences

Israel's current military operation, 'Protective Edge', has now exceeded the length and scale of the 2008-09 was, with no end in sight. Indeed, by the end of July, positions were hardening and prospects for anything longer than brief further humanitarian pause seemed remote. And like Israel's previous operations, the current undertaking is failing to undermine Hamas's paramilitary capabilities and support base. In this latest briefing, Paul Rogers provides some context for the conflict together with a preliminary analysis of possible consequences, stressing why ceasefire at the earliest opportunity is not only desirable but essential for chances of long term security in the region. Read more »

Publication: 27 July 2014

Gabrielle Rifkind: Without a Vision for Peace, Violence Fills the Vacuum in Israel-Palestine Conflict

In her latest article for openDemocracy, Middle East Programme Director Gabrielle Rifkind questions how we got to this latest cycle of violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict. She argues that a clear vision of the future, one that involves all parties, will be required to pave the way to peace. Read more »

Publication: 24 July 2014

New Remote Control report: Lack of information around Afghanistan drone strikes

Remote Control Project: A new report published today finds that despite Afghanistan being the most heavily drone-bombed country in the world, the reporting of air strikes is far less comprehensive than in other theatres. Commissioned by the Remote Control project, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's report Drones in Afghanistan: A scoping study assesses the feasibility of using open-source materials to track drone strikes in Afghanistan, modelled on its existing databases of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Read more »