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Publication: 14 October 2014

Gabrielle Rifkind interview: Foreign fighters may not be as big a threat as feared

As western governments look for ways to prevent their citizens from joining the Islamic State group and other militant groups, ORG's Gabrielle Rifkind is interviewed on the motivations for joining these groups and opportunities to re-integrate people upon their return.   Read more »

Publication: 9 October 2014

New book: Pioneering the Possible by Scilla Elworthy

ORG co-founder Dr. Scilla Elworthy presents a bold but realistic vision for the future in Pioneering the Possible. With profiles of individuals who exemplify transformative leadership such as Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi, the book demonstrates anyone can develop the magnificent inner power to build their own contribution to the future and become a 21st-century pioneer of what's possible.  Read more »

Publication: 8 October 2014

Public Event: The Fog of Peace authors Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco in conversation in October

During October, The Fog of Peace authors Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Picco will be speaking about their recent book at two events at the Freud Museum and Chatham House. The conversations will share their experiences of international peace-making through behind-the-scenes negotiation, exploring the difficulties and opportunities for making peace in today’s fractured world. Read more »

Publication: 7 October 2014

The Islamic State and its potential

This briefing is concerned with the aims and intentions of the Islamic State (IS) and whether the approach being adopted by the international coalition will have the intended effect: the destruction of the group.  While this is just one part of a complex international conflict in the region, it is central to any analysis of why the movement has apparently developed so rapidly and whether it is amenable to control primarily by the application of external air power.  Read more »

Publication: 30 September 2014

Youth, Conflict and Peacebuilding: ORG’s Richard Reeve joins UNICEF panel debate

Why do young people become involved in conflict and violence? How can young people’s energy be harnessed, so they become the key drivers for peace? In this new televised UNICEF Debate chaired by Martin Bell, ORG’s Richard Reeve joins other experts to discuss the role of youth in conflict and peacebuilding and the impact of ICT and new media on fragile and conflict-affected societies. Read more »

Publication: 26 September 2014

Ammerdown Invitation: Paul Rogers and Gabrielle Rifkind on alternative visions of security

ORG’s Global Security Consultant Paul Rogers is among 25 conflict analysts and peace-builders calling for a public conversation about how best to build long-term security for people in the UK and worldwide. Known as the Ammerdown Invitation, the statement from the group’s recent meeting invites further suggestions on an alternative security policy. ORG's Gabrielle Rifkind has responded with an article on mediation as a key alternative to militarism.   Read more »

Publication: 8 September 2014

Through the Fog of Peace: Gabrielle Rifkind's 'Fog of Peace' Reviewed on openDemocracy

'The book reaches back to the last few decades and forward to the next, providing an urgent toolkit of ideas that can help all sides move beyond conflict.' - Prof Paul Rogers on Gabrielle Rifkind and Gianni Picco's The Fog of Peace. Read more »

Publication: 2 September 2014

Gaza After Two Months – Consequences for Israel

As a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continues, ORG Global Security Consultant Paul Rogers analyses the consequences of the conflict in the Palestinian, Israeli, and international arenas. Read more »

Publication: 1 September 2014

Remote control warfare monthly briefing #05

Remote Control Project: The fifth in the Remote Control Project’s remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing, has been published today. The briefings cover developments in five key areas or remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Read more »

Publication: 1 September 2014

New Civil Society Organisation for Casualty Recording: Every Casualty Worldwide

Oxford Research Group is pleased to announce that the Every Casualty Programme within Oxford Research Group will become an independent civil society organisation as of 1 October 2014. Read more »