- Oxford Research Group is part of a consortium of organisations to publish Time to Talk: The Case for Diplomatic Solutions on Iran, coordinated by Crisis Action. The joint report by 15 organisations - including think tanks, aid agencies, religious groups and trade unions - warns that, despite the seriousness of the situation, there is still 'time to talk'.
- Oxford Research Group is advertising for a new Fundraiser to join our team in the London office. We are looking for a positive and enthusiastic individual with the right qualities to lead our fundraising efforts during an exciting period of organisational development.
- As Janet Bloomfield's time as ORG's UK Security Consultant comes to an end, she has written a short briefing on The Future of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (pdf). Janet is leaving ORG in order to concentrate fully on her role as British Coordinator for Atomic Mirror, but we are pleased to announce that she will continue her association with ORG as one of our new Patrons.
- Pluto Press has published Into the Long War: Oxford Research Group International Security Report 2006. In this, Paul Rogers examines events in Iraq since May 2005 and assesses how they impact on other countries including Afghanistan, Iran and the wider Middle East. The book charts a tumultuous period in the conflict, including a wider international perspective on the terrorist attacks in London and Sharm al Sheik, and an assessment of how US public opinion has changed as the war drags on.
- ORG is pleased to announce that, subject to contract, the European Union has awarded €500,000 over two years starting late 2006 for a project entitled From Crisis to Opportunity: Inclusive Approaches to the Arab-Israeli Conflcit (pdf). The project will help to develop more inclusive and legitimate approaches to transforming the Middle East conflict, based on a series of in-region dialogues and policy initiatives, bringing previously marginalised groups into the centre of the work. The project is a collaborative initiative between Conflicts Forum, the Middle East Policy Initiative Forum, and ORG.
- Oxford Research Group has pubilshed a new research paper by Nick Ritchie, Replacing Trident: Who will make the decisions and how?, that examines the likely policy-making process behind the Government�s forthcoming decisions on replacing Trident. It analyses the decisions that are required and a number of powerful factors that mitigate in favour of a status quo nuclear policy - factors that are unlikely to be openly discussed by the government. It then explores the policy-making process, the government departments involved and the difficulties that will be faced in holding the government to account for its decisions.
- Oxford Research Group has published the fourth in a series of factsheets as part of our Secure Energy: Options for a Safer World project. Energy Security and Uranium Reserves, by independent nuclear energy expert Jan Willem Storm van Leeuwen (Ceedata Consulting), provides new evidence to show that from 2034 uranium ore grades will fall dramatically, causing nuclear power to become increasingly inefficient and expensive, leading to increased nuclear power CO2 emissions.
- Oxford Research Group has published the third in a series of factsheets as part of our Secure Energy: Options for a Safer World project. The Risk of Nuclear Terrorism in the UK, by Professor Paul Rogers, shows that trends in mass casualty terrorism and economic targeting, especially the trend towards the targeting of energy facilities, point to the particular dangers of the expansion of civil nuclear power and makes it particularly unwise for Britain to build a new generation of nuclear power plants.
- Oxford Research Group has published a new report presenting contrasting arguments in the Trident debate from prominent experts, including the Shadow Defence Secretary and the former Secretary of State for International Development. The Future of Britain's Nuclear Weapons: Experts Reframe the Debate engages ten commentators on nuclear weapons representing very differing sides of key aspects of the debate.
- As the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme deepens, Oxford Research Group has published Iran: Consequences of a War by Professor Paul Rogers. This briefing paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the likely nature of US or Israeli military action that would be intended to disable Iran's nuclear capabilities. It outlines both the immediate consequences in terms of loss of human life, facilities and infrastructure, and also the likely Iranian responses. We have also published an update of Dr. Frank Barnaby's technical paper on Iran's Nuclear Activities.
- ORG has published a new report on Iraqi Liberation? towards an Integrated Strategy. This discussion document draws on the expertise of an international high-level consultative panel, including British, Iraqi, Middle Eastern and American experts from the military, foreign service, intelligence community and civil society. It brings together seven key elements of a positive alternative strategy for Iraqi stabilisation and development.
- In the week that ORG gives evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee in the House of Commons, we have published the first of our factsheets in our Secure Energy: Options for a Safer World project designed to present an independent assessment of some of the risks which should be considered when deciding on the future of the UK�s energy provision.
- As the developing crisis over Iran's nuclear programme continues, Oxford Research Group has published an updated version of Dr. Frank Barnaby's paper Iran's Nuclear Activities, designed to provide technical background information on Iran's nuclear programme.
- We have just published a new brochure about ORG entitled, Oxford Research Group - In Perspective, 2004-2006, which is available to download as a low-res pdf (7MB) or can be ordered from our online shop for £3 towards postage and packaging. Supporters and funders will shortly receive a complementary copy.
- ORG is delighted to announce the appointment of Malcolm Savidge as its Parliamentary Consultant. A former teacher and city councillor, Malcolm served as an MP from 1997 to 2005. In 2000, he established the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation to promote informed debate and dialogue across all parties and viewpoints on reducing threats posed by weapons of mass destruction.
- Progress on implementing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a vital treaty for international security, will be reviewed by 188 countries over four weeks in May at the United Nations in New York. Oxford Research Group, in partnership with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), have produced a series of briefing papers addressing the key issues for the review conference.
- In a new initiative, ORG is publishing a series of occasional briefing papers from key international commentators and experts. The second of these Iraq in Light of the January Elections, by Professor David Beetham, discusses the invasion of Iraq and the consequences for democracy in light of the elections of January 2005.
- Oxford Research Group and BASIC have published Breakthrough or Bust in '05? (pdf) which introduces a series of concise, issue-based briefings that will be published by ORG and BASIC as part of a joint project in the run up to the 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York.