21st Century Security

The overall context for disarmament is the building of effective security for all. Today’s world is deeply insecure, with threats that are more global and diverse than in previous centuries, ranging from climate change and social breakdown to transnational terrorism, trafficking and crime. Such threats do not fit traditional concepts of defence and military utility. They are exacerbated by military-industrial dependencies on defence manufacturers that make, supply and trade armaments, militarized ‘security’ equipment, and weapons materials, which resource armed violence from gangs and terrorists as well as militias and governments. Fostering 21st century security requires analyzing the drivers of insecurity and developing the policies, resources and institutions that will build and sustain genuine security.

The Acronym Institute links with other NGOs, governments and civil society to reframe peace and security issues and get rid of outdated security mindsets among governments and opinion-formers. We aim to develop cooperative approaches to prevent conflict, address the causes of weaponization at local and national levels, and demilitarize and disarm international relations. Acting as a bridge between existing and future security regimes and between academic research and advocacy, our work supports implementation of existing disarmament and control regimes relating to biological, toxin and chemical weapons, and comprehensive approaches to reduce and eliminate conventional arms, cluster munitions, landmines and other weapons that cause unacceptable harm to human beings and our environment. In line with UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, we work for the full participation of women in local, national and international disarmament, security and peace-building initiatives and institutions.

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27 March 2014

in the armed forces are in danger of reaching a point where Britain could only threaten a potential aggressor with nuclear weapons and that would simply not be credible, a cross-party committee of senior MPs has warned.

Further cuts in conventional forces could undermine Britain's...

Dr Rebecca Johnson
4 August 2014

Wars may be started for trivial or mistaken reasons, as happened in 1914, but they are fuelled by arms industries. It’s time to look at the alternative history of efforts to prohibit the weapons that feed wars, causing widespread humanitarian suffering.