Rethinking Security is a network of peace and security experts. Our goal is that the UK’s approach to security and international relations tackles underlying drivers of insecurity to build a more just and peaceful world for all. We provide evidence and opinion on the shortcomings of current policies and propose credible alternatives.
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NEW: EXPERTS DEMAND NEW CABINET RETHINK UK’S SECURITY APPROACH (25 July 2019)
In open letters to the Defence, International Development and Foreign Secretaries, we highlighted key actions to end the UK’s contribution to worldwide insecurity and violence. The letters called on the new ministers to rethink the government’s Global Britain agenda by prioritising a sustainable, collaborative approach to worldwide stability.
MORDAUNT SPEECH ‘OUTDATED THINKING’ – UK PEACE AND SECURITY EXPERTS (15 May 2019)
In response to Penny Mordaunt MP’s first speech as Defence Secretary:
‘Today’s speech confirms that the government’s vision for Global Britain relies heavily on an outdated assumption that the UK’s security and international influence can be achieved primarily by its military capabilities… We need an understanding that worldwide conflict and insecurity are shared problems to be solved, not expensive fights to be won.’
EXPERTS DEMAND NEW MINISTERS RETHINK UK’S SECURITY APPROACH (2 May 2019)
Just Security (31 July 2019)
‘Military, technical, financial, and diplomatic “security” initiatives all over the world… often end up worsening and perpetuating the conflicts they are supposed to stop or prevent. All the while, the people worst affected have very little say about what’s going on around them.’
Article by our Coordinator, Celia McKeon, with Larry Attree and Konstantin Bärwaldt.
Women in leadership (Summer 2019)
‘National security must diversify leadership,’ writes our Coordinator, Celia McKeon.
Our letter in the Times (16 May 2019)
‘The foreign secretary’s view that the UK should increase defence spending above 2 per cent of GDP overlooks two vital points: that GDP bears no relation a nation’s actual security needs, and that many of the most pressing causes of global insecurity cannot be tackled by increasing military expenditure. Prioritising spending over strategy may seem like an easy win but is flawed and outdated thinking.’