Military Spending: What's the cost? is the first event in a 4-part event series which launches a Conscience campaign to examine the impact of military spending on society.
We want to draw attention to the fact that for every £1 spent on non-military security, conflict prevention and resolution, £35 is spent on military campaigns. Thus, making the split 97:3.
Do you think this is right? What do you think the cost is of military spending?
The event, which takes place on Friday 4th November at Friends House, Euston from 7-9pm, is designed to shed light on these kinds of questions; bringing together experts in peacebuilding and those that have been directly engaged in military activity.
We believe that the dominant narrative in security is an outmoded narrative. By integrating organisations that work towards the common goal of peacebuilding using non-military means, Conscience wants to raise awareness of the failing strategy that sees military responses to conflict disproportionately favoured.
The evening's format will be a panel discussion with experts in this area. We hope to be joined by Campaign Against Arms Trade, a representative from the Green Party, among others.
Throughout the event, there will be as much audience participation as time will allow.