Reflections on advocating for peace and security in Ukraine

Rethinking Security has seen an increase in interest in its resources since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. We hope that sharing experiences from some of our members might help those who are looking to understand and share alternative perspectives on security. Joanna Frew asked members of the Rethinking Security network about the kind of issues and queries that members of the public have raised in their response to the war in Ukraine.

The MOD’s Accidental Roadmap to Peace: A radical reading of the Integrated Operating Framework

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has been doing some rethinking about how it operates in peacetime, wartime and somewhere in-between. ‘Cassandra’ looks at the MOD’s Integrated Operating Concept and finds an unexpected roadmap for building peace in a world already at war, but only when read from back to front.

Where are you in the story of security?

Rethinking Security’s Alternative Security Review project is committed to understanding what security means to people across the UK and using it to change the national narrative on security policy. Zsófia Hacsek explains how our research partners at Coventry University have used a review of theoretical approaches to security to devise a practical and inclusive methodology for hearing from all kinds of people, and how you can get involved in our research over the rest of this year.

Where does NATO go from here?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine appears to have bolstered NATO’s unity, purpose and expenditure, with Finland and Sweden hoping to join the club soon. But what, asks Steven Chisnall, is its endgame? Where is its strategy? And what if it could not count on the United States?

Unthinking Immigration Detention

A decade on from the launch of its Hostile Environment agenda, the UK government is stepping up its campaign against asylum seekers, with indefinite imprisonment of migrants a central component. Fred Ashmore argues that immigration detention is expensive, ineffective and demeans us as a nation. It requires an urgent rethinking beyond the politics of fear.

Where’s the space for local ownership? A response to the 2022 UK International Development Strategy

The UK government's long-awaited International Development Strategy makes the case for a competitive geopolitical approach to development assistance centred on British priorities, interests and 'expertise'. Kit Dorey argues that this approach is another missed opportunity to decolonise the 'aid system', prioritise local agendas and knowledge, and create transformative change.

Community Energy: Local responses to the 2030 Climate Emergency

The UK has a vast amount to do to secure its energy supplies, cut energy usage and prices and transform its electricity production to all-clean sources. Instead of reviving fossil fuels and nuclear power, community energy entrepreneur Tony McNally argues that the government must support local solutions, including community solar and wind power schemes.

Engineers’ Choices: Disarmament by design

Designing weapons is a lucrative career choice for many engineers, but comes with deadly and destabilising consequences. Roger Orpwood argues for an ethical approach to engineering and explores some options for dis-incentivising the development of new weapons technologies.