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Are we just idealists?
Or is there concrete evidence how we could invest in building real security – instead of adding to the violence of the world?

This is by no means exhaustive and barely even scratches the surface of peacebuilding and alternatives to militarisation (but we have to start somewhere)

Stop Fuelling War is promoting alternatives to militarisation

In our opinion it is not only enough to say what you are doing is wrong (in the case of the arms dealers), but also what could you do right?
There are so many ways this could be addressed: campaigning for industrial reconversion, investment in renewable energies etc and these would be answering the problems about jobs and job creation in the arms producing countries

But you also need to address people’s fears and security

 

• Every conflict is different and requires different solutions

No one thing fits all, which is the same for military interventions

• How to avoid doing more harm? Due diligence and conflict sensitivity

The organisation or body intervening in a conflict must understand the context, the groups, the tensions, the potential areas which could strengthen social cohesion; understand their own role in this and the interaction between its intervention and that context. It must act in a way that will not increase tensions or divisions and that strengthens peace and social cohesion.

Steps must be taken to understand a conflict, before and during engagement, and to prevent further harm.

 

• Peace is not an abstract concept but something that affects our everyday lives

We can all work to promote peaceful relations and social cohesion wherever we are.

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

 

• Peacebuilding principles:

Inclusiveness: exclusion or marginalisation of any part of a population can exacerbate tensions or lead to disenfranchisement and ultimately the failure of efforts for peace.
Ownership or appropriateness: for peace to last, local or national ownership is understood as recognising existing sources of resilience and building upon them, as peacebuilding is inherently homegrown and built on the aspirations of local peoples. 
Awareness of socio-political and economic factors: such as gender, race, religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, language, marital status, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, or political conviction, that manifest in a multitude of ways in conflict-affected countries.
Addressing power relations : this will help long-lasting peace, and must address both the systems or structures that perpetuate power imbalances and marginalisation, as well as the capacity and willingness to engage by those who are disenfranchised.
Pursuing accountable governance : ensuring the effectiveness of a government to supply the population with services in an efficient, transparent wat, but also, on the demand side, ensuring that the population can feed into the government.
Building on drivers of peace, or peace dividends: identifying pockets of peace that exist, the positive actors, existing mechanisms for peace and supporting them
Engaging populations

 

Stop Fuelling War exists to witness against the arms trade and to show why it makes the world more dangerous, and not safer.
We are told we can have security if we are protected by a strong military equipped with powerful weapons.
We’re also told that each country needs its own weapon manufacturers to ensure that each country can guarantee its supply of weapons.

But we challenge this!
What if the weapons industry only sells a small proportion of the arms to our military, and most is exported?
What if our country’s arms industry sells weapons to people who use them to make the world less safe?
- to oppressive governments who use military equipment to attack public protests and to torture political prisoners.
- selling arms to both sides in a conflict, increasing fear and making the consequences of war much worse.

Our governments know that security in our own countries does not mean flooding society with weapons, so why do we think that selling huge quantities of weapons to different countries and groups across the world will make the world safer? Profit is a large part of the answer.

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

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