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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: RETHINKING SECURITY WELCOMES NEW COORDINATOR, RICHARD REEVE (28 August 2019)

Peace and security network Rethinking Security today announced its new Coordinator will be Richard Reeve.

Richard’s current role is Chief Executive of Oxford Research Group, one of Rethinking Security’s affiliate organisations.

He will join Rethinking Security on 28 October 2019.

Richard said:

‘I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Coordinator at Rethinking Security.

‘The current political environment is highlighting the UK’s approach to national and international security. Now is the time to understand and advocate for a new approach, one which addresses the underlying causes of insecurity and prioritises sustainable and lasting peace.

‘The Rethinking Security network is a well-established, enthusiastic and committed group of NGOs, academics and activists, which I have had the privilege of working with over the last four years.

‘I’m looking forward to supporting their work with Parliament, the media and the public to encourage conversations about how we can all work together to develop more human-centred and sustainable approaches to security.’

Outgoing Coordinator Celia McKeon said:

‘Rethinking Security is very lucky to have Richard as incoming Coordinator.

‘With an excellent grasp of both the issues and the network, I’ve no doubt that Richard will hit the ground running – and that his commitment and vision will be instrumental in taking Rethinking Security forward.’


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MORDAUNT SPEECH ‘OUTDATED THINKING’ – UK PEACE AND SECURITY EXPERTS (15 May 2019)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.’

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EXPERTS DEMAND NEW MINISTERS RETHINK UK’S SECURITY APPROACH (2 May 2019)

On 2 May 2019 we wrote to Penny Mordaunt MP, Defence Secretary, and Rory Stewart MP, International Development Secretary, with our proposals for changes to the UK’s approach to security.


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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.

View the article on the Just Security site.


Women in leadership (Summer 2019)

‘National security must diversify leadership,’ writes our Coordinator, Celia McKeon.

View the article on pp. 74-77.


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.’

View the letter on the Times site (paywall).


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