Investments by states in improving global security are failing; in 2020 the world feels a fragile and insecure place. In the United Kingdom alone, there are huge differences in the…
Jonathan was appointed Executive Director of the peacebuilding organisation Conciliation Resources (CR) in May 2016. He joined CR in 1997 and developed the Caucasus programme focusing on dialogue and confidence building initiatives to promote peacebuilding in the Caucasus. In September 2008 he became Director of Programmes overseeing CR’s regional programmes in the Caucasus, Colombia, West Africa, East Central Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, Fiji and India/Pakistan in relation to Kashmir. Previously he served as Deputy Director of the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations in The Hague, working with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
- Security as a freedom. A shared freedom from fear and want, and the freedom to live in dignity. It implies social and ecological health rather than simply the absence of risk.
- Security as a common right. Security should not, and usually cannot, be gained for one group of people at others’ expense. Accordingly, it rests on solidarity rather than dominance – in standing with others, not over them.
- Security as a patient practice. Security grows or withers according to how inclusive and just society is, and how socially and ecologically responsible we are. It cannot be coerced into being.
- Security as a shared responsibility. Security is a common responsibility; its challenges belong to all of us and are too important to be entrusted to a self-selected group of powerful states.