ORG aims to reduce the potential for violent conflict, or to resolve violent conflict, by bringing together constituencies for peaceful change. Over the past decade ORG has focused on situations of intractable conflict in the Middle East, where it facilitates sustained strategic dialogue and behind-the-scenes track II engagement.
Underpinning its work to resolve conflicts, ORG analyses the toughest security questions using detailed research and deep understanding of human psychology. Sustained analysis of the self-reinforcing logics and counter-productive consequences of nuclear rivalry, the ‘War on Terror’ and military interventions inform ORG’s commitment to sustainable, non-military security solutions.
Reactive, militarised approaches do not provide solutions to contemporary security challenges; more often, they escalate cycles of violence. ORG works to understand, develop and promote the preventive, non-military solutions needed to build lasting peace, security and justice. Where violent conflict has broken out, ORG applies its insights to help transform conflict and end the violence.
Security challenges such as terrorism, crime and weapons proliferation cannot be successfully contained or controlled without understanding and addressing their root causes. ORG’s Sustainable Security concept takes a comprehensive, long-term approach that encompasses climate change, resource scarcity, militarisation, poverty, inequality and marginalisation.