ORG in the Media

Oxford Research Group Mentioned in Foreign Policy

In a blog post (April 28, 2016) on Foreign Policy entitled "Terrorists Have Drones Now. Thanks, Obama"., James Bamford draws upon the January 2016 report by the Oxford Research Group's hosted Remote Control project. Read more »

Paul Rogers Discusses Hillary Clinton and the Iraq War with Xinhua

Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Global Security Consultant Paul Rogers offered his insights to Chinese news agency Xinhua on how the current situation in Iraq would have been different had Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton and other U.S. politicians voted against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Read more »

Gabrielle Rifkind Discusses Boots on the Ground to Defeat ISIS on BBC's The Big Questions

On February 14, 2016 Gabrielle Rifkind of the Oxford Research Group appeared on the BBC's The Big Questions hosted by Nick Campbell discussing whether defeating Islamic State would mean the deployment of ground troops. Featured alongside Prof Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute and former British Army chief Lord Dannatt, Gabrielle argued the case against putting boots on the ground in Syria. “You may win the war with ground troops,” she argued, “but you won’t win the peace.”

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Has Islamic State Been Losing Territory? | ORG's Global Security Consultant Professor Paul Rogers interviewed on the BBC's 'More or Less' programme

Has so-called Islamic State been losing territory? Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed IS have lost about 25-30% of their territory in Iraq. Is this true?

Listen to the clip here.

Tomgram: ORG's Richard Reeve quoted in article about US military bases in Africa

...“AFRICOM, as a new command, is basically a laboratory for a different kind of warfare and a different way of posturing forces,” says Richard Reeve, the director of the Sustainable Security Programm Read more »

Islamic State strength fueled by marginalisation: Prof. Paul Rogers on RTE Radio 1 Morning Ireland

ORG's Global Security Consultant Professor Paul Rogers argues on Morning Ireland that what has been seen as a narrow series of extreme Islamist movements is now evolving into a much wider phenomenon of generic revolts from the margins.

Britain needn't withdraw from the world stage, but we need a vision

The UK is fighting an old war and missing the chance to remake its international role doing what it excels at


Letters: It’s time for Britain to move on from nuclear weapons

The election campaign to date suggests that decommissioning Trident nuclear weapons is a dangerous, minority demand led by the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru. Yet poll after poll reveals that it is in fact a majority popular demand throughout the UK. (Letter signed by Middle East Programme Director Gabrielle Rifkind).

The Myth of Military Intervention

Now that Canada has taken the fight against ISIS into Syria, Paul Rogers of the University of Bradford illuminates with his usual bracing blend of history, wisdom and sharp analysis.

It's over: Why the Palestinians are finally giving up on Obama and the US peace process

The new Palestinian approach is a sharp break with the past.... The Palestinians have been considering such a move since at least 2008. That year, a group of senior Palestinian political and civil society leaders met to write a report on the peace process under the auspices of the Palestine Strategy Group (PSG) — an organization supported by the Oxford Research Group and the Norwegian government. 

Babies in the war zone

The unlikely price for the four-year-old Syrian War is being paid by millions of children. According to Oxford Research Group a leading independent peace and security think-tank more than 11,420 children– both boys and girls have been killed in explosions, tortured and shot to death in Syria. 

French military will be on the frontline against Islamic extremists for years to come

France’s involvement in the Sahel, principally Mali, got much attention in the West when it was ramped up in 2013, but it’s since had scant coverage outside the French media. One exception is Richard Reeve’s analyses for the Oxford Research Group, especially his two-part study at the start of 2014 and his more recent update the following November.

Control over anti-pirate weapon ships urgently needed, agency warns

Floating armouries - ships packed to the gunnels with machineguns, ammunition and other military equipment - are operating in international waters with a "worrying lack" of regulation, warns a report that says the vessels could pose a threat to regional peace and stability.

Floating arsenals designed to protect shipping from pirates deemed unsafe

Floating arsenals were set up to supply private security guards employed to protect shipping from pirates, particularly off the East African coast. A new report, commissioned by the Remote Control Project, a body that raises awareness of new military trends has said there is an "urgent need" for an international agreement to set minimum standards for the vessels.

A long road ahead: integrating gender perspectives into peacekeeping operations

A spate of violence against women in the eastern DRC shows that there is still a long way to go on effective implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 14 years after its adoption. 

Floating arsenals: The boats full of guns for hire against pirates

A new report, commissioned from the Omega Research Foundation by the UK-based Remote Control Project, a body which examines the changing nature of warfare, has called for swift, co-ordinated international action on the unregulated and unaccountable use of floating armouries.

Five strategic failures of the French intervention in Mali

The establishment of the pan-Sahel Opération Barkhane on 1 August 2014 marked a ‘mission accomplished’ for the French military in Mali and its officially concluded Opération Serval intervention. However, establishing a French and UN military presence across northern Mali has not proved to be the same as restoring a Malian state presence in all of these areas, nor of guaranteeing peace there. (By ORG's Richard Reeve)

The Sahel-Sahara between 'Arab spring' and 'black spring'

The international media spotlight follows the US politico-military agenda to the Middle East but potentially transformative developments to the west in Africa deserve much closer scrutiny.

Gabrielle Rifkind interviewed for BBC R3's Free Thinking festival

Gabrille Rifkind takes part in 'Know Your Enemy', a panel discussion exploring protest, foreign policy, intervention and peace-making (09.30 in).

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.

In Deep Water: China Tests its Neighbours’ Patience

China’s rapid growth is placing increasing demands on natural resources in the region but Beijing’s political rise is encouraging the dictatorship to flex its muscles as associated tensions rise.