Here you’ll find all our briefings and reports for policymakers. If you have a question, please just get in touch.
NEW: Open letters to incoming Secretaries of State
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.
- Download the letter to Penny Mordaunt.
- Download the letter to Rory Stewart.
- See our Media page for the accompanying press release.
Rethinking Security has published two parliamentary briefings:
- Download the June 2017 parliamentary briefing on the shortcomings of the UK security strategy.
- Download the March 2018 parliamentary briefing on how the UK security strategy could be re-framed for the shifting global context.
The Brexit debate is happening at a time of shifting global power relations. With the UK’s economic and military influence already diminishing relative to some other powers, the prospect of Brexit has prompted renewed questions about its future place in the world.
Contrasting narratives: a comparative study of European and North American national security strategies (2018)
This study of 20 European and North American national security strategies analyses how states define security and their underlying assumptions about how it is built. It examines how security challenges are analysed and prioritised, and the formulation of strategic responses. Finally, it compares opportunities for democratic participation and oversight in the development and implementation of national security strategies.
Rethinking Security podcast (2017)
In this podcast, the lead author of Rethinking Security, David Gee, presents its key ideas to an audience from humanitarian and development organisations.
This 90-page paper provides an evidence-based critique of the UK’s national security strategy. It analyses the features of an outmoded narrative, and suggests the principal reasons for this failure to adapt. The paper goes on to outline some principles for a new approach to security, the shift in priorities that would be required, and the practical ways in which a new approach might be applied to current security challenges.
Conciliation Resources: ‘Overwhelming majority of British public support talking to proscribed terrorists in pursuit of peace’ (2017)
Saferworld: ‘Lessons on counter-terror and countering violent extremism’ (2017)
Celia McKeon: ‘Stop Trump – definitely! But then what?’ (2017)
Celia McKeon: ‘UK National Security Strategy: Security for whom?’ (2016)
Celia McKeon: ‘Uncomfortable assumptions on security: the UK vote on support for Saudi Arabia’ (2016)
Prof Andrew Rigby: ‘Redefining security: Lessons from Public Health’ (2015)