For Stop Fuelling War, peace is not an abstract concept, but something that impacts our everyday lives. We would like to promote a different vision of security.

Today, the definition of security is very narrow and peacebuilding and prevention do not get the investment that they should.

“Defence” and “Security” tend to be equated with military, policing and technological defence, i.e. weapons and weapons systems. Despite the huge financial and research investments in the development and sale of weapons, these extremely expensive systems can exacerbate conflicts and contribute to regional tensions, rather than contributing to the security of all.

The security of the people is an important duty of a society, but governments tend to understand it too narrowly. Indeed, most security risks don’t have short term solutions as they stem from long term underlying problems and threats such as climate change, economic inequality and many more. Physical threats need to be addressed but so do the longer term issues that create conflict.

As stated by Rethinking Security ( : “Real security exists when everyone can meet their basic needs; it is in the public interest. But the prevailing approach today is based on ‘national interests’, defined by the government, and skewed towards big business and a small social elite, rather than people in their communities. [...] Security strategy is decided by a small and exclusive group. Other voices are excluded, including those the strategy harms.”

Security takes a long time to achieve and there are no quick solutions, it takes cooperation and work. Every conflict is different and requires different solutions.

The exclusion or marginalisation of any part of a population can exacerbate tensions or lead to disenfranchisement and ultimately the failure of efforts for peace.

How often have you heard non-military security policies being discussed by politicians or in the media?

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