Open Briefing is a groundbreaking non-profit organisation that supports human rights defenders, aid workers, peacebuilders, campaigners, freelance journalists, concerned citizens and others striving for social and environmental justice.

We provide intelligence, security, training and equipment services to organisations and individuals working in or on fragile and conflict-affected states or under repressive regimes.

We also deliver a public intelligence service so that all citizens can know what is really going on in the world.

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“Open Briefing’s high-quality analysis helps us focus our energies on where we can have the greatest impact for the protection of civilians in conflict.” 
Nick Martlew,
UK director, Crisis Action

“Open Briefing can equip campaigners with the information that they need to expose wrong-doing and to identify alternative solutions.” 
Gemma Mortensen,
Chief Global Officer, Change.org

Our vision is a stronger civil society that can protect vulnerable communities and a fragile environment and support the development and implementation of policies based on diplomacy, human rights and the rule of law.

Latest publications

The weekly briefing, 14 February: Journalists arrested in Ivory Coast, Panamanian prosecutors arrest founding partners of Mossack Fonseca, North Korea successfully tests Pukguksong-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missile

14 February 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: journalists arrested in Ivory Coast for spreading ‘false information’ about new mutiny led by security forces; Panamanian prosecutors arrest founding partners of Mossack Fonseca over possible links with one of the Brazilian construction company at heart of Lava Jato corruption case; North Korea successfully tests Pukguksong-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missile; and more.

The weekly briefing, 7 February 2017: Diplomatic relations between Mexico and United States increasingly tense, controversial government decree provokes considerable popular uproar in Romania, Angolan president plans to step down ahead of elections in August

7 February 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: diplomatic relations between Mexico and United States increasingly tense, highlighting risk of trade war; controversial government decree provokes considerable popular uproar in Romania; Angolan president plans to step down ahead of elections in August; and more.

Israel and China’s Silk Road

6 February 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a vision to parlay large-scale economic dynamism into a foreign policy projecting Chinese influence overseas in the name of development. If the its promise of mutual prosperity and development is to be more than the sum of its parts, its stabilising effect on the Middle East would be a major litmus test. The momentum may come from Beijing, but smaller countries like Israel can and must shape it.

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