About

Who we are

Rethinking Security is a network of organisations, academics and activists who 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.

We invite anyone who shares this concern to get involved by becoming an organisational affiliate or an individual supporter.

We are delighted that the following organisations are part of our network as affiliates:

Campaign Against Arms Trade, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Conciliation Resources, Forces Watch, International Alert, Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct, Quaker Peace And Social Witness, Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, Saferworld, United Nations Association, War on Want.

Our work also benefits substantially from the active participation of academics from the universities of Bradford, Coventry, Kent and Oxford Brookes.

Rethinking Security was formerly known as the Ammerdown Group, taking its name from the Ammerdown Centre, where the network has met to review and plan its work.

How we work

The Rethinking Security Council is responsible for developing the overall vision and strategy of our work. The Steering Group, which is drawn from the Council, is responsible for overseeing operational decisions based on the strategy. The Coordinator is responsible for coordinating day to day activities. Rethinking Security is grateful to Saferworld for acting as the organisational host.

Council members: Ivan Campbell, Paul Clifford, Teresa Dumasy, Ann Feltham, Diana Francis, Simon Fisher, David Gee, Judith Large, Dylan Mathews, Richard Reeve, Andrew Rigby, Lucy Roberts, Patricia Sellick.

Steering Group members: Ivan Campbell, Paul Clifford, Ann Feltham, Diana Francis, Simon Fisher, Judith Large, Celia McKeon.

Coordinator: Celia McKeon.

Financial support

We are grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Marmot Charitable Trust, the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation, the Network for Social Change and the WF Southall Trust for their generous support of our work.

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