Richard Reeve

28 June 2018

Oxford Research Group (ORG) experts contributed to the Rethinking Security National Conference at Friends House in London on 15 June. Titled ‘Time for Change: New Approaches to National Security’, the first annual conference brought together over 100 people for a day of discussions on alternatives to the current national security approach in the UK.

Prof Paul Rogers, ORG’s Senior Fellow, International Security gave the keynote speech at the opening of the conference, reflecting on the 50th anniversary of British continuous at sea deterrence (CASD) patrols by nuclear-armed submarines, the disastrous impact of 17 years of continuous war-on-terror, the use of military force as a first response to conflict, and the rise of newer challenges arising from increasing socio-economic inequalities, exceeding the Earth’s environmental limitations and the consolidated power of the military-industrial-academic-bureaucratic complex.

ORG Chief Executive Richard Reeve led a workshop on Climate Change and Security, presenting some data from the forthcoming Sustainable Security Index. The workshop focused on the need for a new approach to security from an environmental perspective, considering the role of climate change and competition for resources as systemic drivers of insecurity. Participants explored ways in which ecologically just and responsible policies could contribute to greater security in the future, both for people in the UK and internationally.

Rethinking Security is a network of organisations, academics and activists that share a concern about the current approach to national security in the UK and beyond. We believe that this approach is a significant barrier to progress on a range of progressive agendas for peace, justice and ecological sustainability. We are committed to building a much richer understanding of what security really means, and of what is required to tackle insecurity and build a more just and peaceful world. ORG is a founder member of the network, originally called the Ammerdown Group, and participates in its Council.

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