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Oxford Research Group Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he Arab Peace Initiative [is] a remarkable and historic document, effectively reversing the three ‘noes’ of the 1967 Khartoum Arab Summit (no peace, no recognition, no negotiation with Israel). It is the only regional peace proposal on offer and is widely regarded as the ‘only show in town’ that encompasses the three sets of bilateral negotiations (with Palestinians, Syria, Lebanon) within a comprehensive multilateral framework… [T]he API offers the outline of an agreement that is very much in the strategic interest of Israel. It is a deal that the founders of the State of Israel would surely have embraced with characteristic boldness, and negotiated with vigour… [T]here is no alternative framework that does or can effectively guarantee the future of a Jewish democratic state on 78% of mandate Palestine within a context of regional recognition and cooperation.”

“The Arab Peace Initiative: Why Now?,” www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk, Nov. 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Oxford Research Group (ORG), which is now based in two offices in London, is one of the UK’s leading of advocates for alternatives to global conflict. By combining in-depth political and technical expertise and experience in promoting serious analysis, dialogue and change, we develop alternative thinking on security issues.”

“About ORG,” www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/about (accessed May 8, 2012)

Mission:

“Our long-term goals are to encourage and promote a deep shift in the way that people think about security, based on the understanding that lasting security is not attainable through military means. Developing long-term ‘sustainable security’ for everyone means understanding the root causes of conflict, and promoting dialogue rather than confrontation as the means to a truly secure world.

We believe that current national security practice is failing and will continue to fail to deliver long-term security. A western-centric, militarised security framework is increasingly incongruent with the globalised complexity of contemporary security threats and risks.

Security is a powerful word. How we define it shapes our conceptions of current threats. The idea of sustainable security is rooted in the notion that we must recast war-fighting as an exceptional emergency action, a ‘very last resort’ based on the recognition that war in itself is a dangerous risk generating social institution to be avoided rather than chosen.

We carry out and commission research into realistic alternatives to current security orthodoxy. Our core team of senior consultants lead our work, united by a common philosophy. We seek to foster dialogue between influential figures as a means of developing new ideas and making possible significant policy shifts. We work in partnership with many other individuals and groups, and the media, to magnify our influence with key constituencies.”

“About ORG,” www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/about (accessed May 8, 2012)

Other:
Public charity