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About Gabrielle Rifkind

Gabrielle Rifkind is the founder of Oxford Process, a diplomacy initiative that creates quiet off-the-record dialogue in areas of conflict. She is co-author of  “Fog of Peace: how to prevent war”, IB Tauris 2016.

Articles by Gabrielle Rifkind

This week’s front page editor

Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Gaza regeneration: we all need dreams for the future

 The question now is not only how to respond to recent conflict on the border, but to address the underlying causes that produced these disturbing events. 

Jobs, jobs, jobs – how to divert away from the industrial military complex in the UK

There is talk of ghost towns if UK defence jobs are threatened, but are these the only ghost towns that should concern us?

Job creation would solve one problem with the UK’s burgeoning military-industrial complex

Britain needs a different kind of security that looks at the root causes of violence. The need for jobs mustn't be used to perpetuate the powerful lobby that is the defence industry.

What does North Korea want?

US-led war games may look like a defensive manoeuver to us, but from North Korea‘s perspective they do not look the same.

Chilcot: all peaceful options were not exhausted

Tony Blair told Chilcot Saddam Hussein was, “a man to whom a last chance to do right is just a further opportunity to do wrong. He is blind to reason.” 

Chilcot tells us what we already knew – how do we implement?

Decisions to go to war don’t just analyze whether we can win. That is the easy part: the superiority of the western military machine makes this an absolute.

We need to defeat Islamic State – but how?

A genuine, if brief, debate took place amongst the political classes in the UK on the dangers of intervening or not in Syria. But it seems that we live in a world of amnesiac thinking driven by fine words and high ambition rather than clear strategy.

Alternatives to military intervention: a commando team of mediators

The Ammerdown Invitation has initiated here a debate on an alternative security policy for the UK. Mediation is a key alternative to the “militarism” the signatories bemoan.

The fog of war: it is hard to think about peace

A number of parties seem to have been complicit in the failure of the politics to prevent this latest round of deadly fighting in Gaza. In such a climate, one can be motivated to damage one’s enemy rather than to protect one’s own best interest.

The new great regional game: Saudi Arabia and Iran

Decades of corrupt and authoritarian governments in the region which brutally suppressed both secular opposition and moderate Islamists have created the breeding ground for a more nihilist ideology. 

A New Levant: a possible way through in the Syrian crisis

War is not the only solution. Iranian flexibility and political creativity in Syria, and Saudi flexibility as well as political creativity in Iraq, could offer a way through.

Intimate enemies: the inner dynamics of peace

Why do some peace processes succeed, and others fail? The answers may be found not just in the intractability of political conflict, but in the quality of communication established by key negotiators. Here, a specialist in conflict resolution draws on the experience of the Oslo process to offer peacemakers a practical and emotional toolkit.
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