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Launch of 'Indivisible - Global Leaders on Shared Security'

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How can we promote a more stable less violent approach to security for all? What makes us feel secure? Are current approaches to security for citizens in the UK and around the world effective?

These are just some of the questions explored by more than 40 global leaders and activists as they reflect on the state of the world, and lasting peace and security in Indivisible – Global Leaders on Shared Security.

This collection of essays articulates a persuasive and powerful argument in favour of a new way of looking at a world where we reframe security as a shared goal. This is an exceptional compilation of voices whose places of origin reflect the world of which they speak, and who, in chorus, become a testament to the fact that we can come together, no matter how far-flung we are or how solitary our endeavours may seem, to shape our common future.

At the launch of the new book, attendees will hear more about the ideas behind the book – conceived and edited by Kerri Kennedy, of American Friends Service Committee, and Ru Freeman, published by Interlink Publishing.

American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker Organisation, works alongside the UK body Quaker Peace and Social Witness for a just and peaceful world in which people are treated equally. Central to both organisations is the concept of shared security, explored in the book. We share the view that an overly militaristic approach to ensuring citizens' security is ineffective. We need proactive peacebuilding efforts. Over-reliance on the use of force as the principal means of conflict resolution may, itself, create and perpetuate a cycle of violence.

The launch will be hosted by Christian Aid, who supports local peace and civil society organisations in countries as diverse as Colombia, South Sudan, Iraq, and Myanmar seeking a transformation from violence to lasting peace. Christian Aid recently highlighted the double standards of the UK on peace and security, promoting conflict prevention yet benefitting from a booming arms trade (report available here).

Do join us for this exciting event, which will include discussion with the editors and authors including Joyce Ajlouny, Scilla Elworthy, Diana Francis and Andrei Gómez-Suárez. There will be signed books for sale, wine and bites. If you are interested to explore the concepts of a shared security in relation to the UK further, please also visit Rethinking Security https://rethinkingsecurity.org.uk/

If you are unable to attend but would like to buy the book, please visit Amazon at this link;

To learn more about the organisations mentioned visit;

https://www.afsc.org/

http://www.quaker.org.uk/contact-us/staff-contacts/quaker-peace-social-witness-qpsw

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/tackling-violence-building-peace

http://rodeemoseldialogo.org/

Joyce Ajlouny @joyce_afsc has worked in the international development field in her homeland of Palestine, focusing on minority and refugee rights, gender equality, economic development and humaitarian support with UN agencies, Oxfam and others. More recently she served as the director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine and since September 2017 has been General Secretary of American Friends Service Committee, based in the US.

Scilla Elworthy @ScillaElworthy is a peacebuilder, and the founder of the Oxford Research Group, a non-governmental organisation she set up in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, for which she was nominated three times for the Noble Peace Prize. She served as the executive director from 1982 until 2003, when she left to set up Peace Direct, a charity supporting local peacebuilders in conflict areas.

Diana Francis is a peace campaigner, writer and speaker. She has many years of international experience in supporting groups of people working nonviolently to address social and political conflict and violence, acting as a facilitator, trainer, mediator and accompanier. Currently her overriding aim is to help promote a movement for change in the way people think about security, starting in the UK, in order to transform international relations policy so that it is no longer driven by the urge to dominate, but by the will to cooperate for the common good. To this end she is active in Rethinking Security, both nationally and locally

Andrei Gómez-Suárez @AndGomezSuarez is co-founder of Rodeemos el Dialogo (ReD, Embrace Dialogue) and Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of the Americas. His publications include ‘Genocide Geopolitics and Transnational Networks’ and ‘El Triunfo del No’. He has taught at the University of Sussex, the University of Los Andes, the University of Cauca, Externado University, and Alberto Merani Institute in Colombia. He has done consultancies for Conciliation Resources, IHS Jane, the International Organisation for Migrations, the Organisation of IberoAmerican States, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and in Colombia, the National Centre for Historical Memory, the Ombudsman's Office, the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, the Electoral Observation Mission, Signum Consulting and Viva la Ciudadanía.

Biographies of publication editors

Ru Freeman @RuFreeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer whose work appears internationally, including in the UK Guardian, the New York Times. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (2009) and On Sal Mal Lane(2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice Book, both appearing in translation, and editor of Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015). She is a contributing editor of the Asian American Literary Review, and blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics. She is the recipient of many awards, including the JH Kafka prize for fiction by an American Woman. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

Kerri Kennedy @kerrilkennedy is the Associate General Secretary for International Programs at the American Friends Service Committee. She has 18 years of experience in over 40 countries, managing international development and emergency response programs in areas of conflict and post conflict environments with a focus on inclusive governance systems, civic education, and advocacy campaigns, gender, and rights-based policy development. She previously served as Executive Director for Women's Campaign International and manager for Mercy Corps' Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief and Recovery Program. She has produced documentary films, facilitated strategic plans, conducted country and political assessments, created advocacy and civic education campaigns for public and private sector clients, developed human rights curricula, and trained leaders around the world.



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