With its rational, thorough and transparent approach, Open Briefing has the potential to become an important corrective to often speculative media coverage.”
Magnus Nome, commissioning editor, openDemocracy
Open Briefing is the world’s first civil society intelligence agency.
We promote alternatives to armed conflict, protect human rights and safeguard the environment by providing groundbreaking intelligence and research services to aid agencies, human rights groups, civil society organisations and concerned citizens. We do this so that a stronger civil society can influence positive policy decisions by our governments.
Key services we provide include:
- Responding to requests for intelligence from non-governmental organisations.
- Issuing regular intelligence briefings and risk assessments for the general public.
- Developing innovative policy solutions and promoting them to government.
- Providing expert consultancy services to the third sector.
Open Briefing is a bold and ambitious nonprofit social enterprise. We are a unique international collaboration of intelligence, military, law enforcement and government professionals striving to make a difference.
We are challenging the status quo. We are your intelligence agency.
Issues of security and defence are often the least transparent to the public. Open Briefing is an important contribution to ensuring democratic oversight of governments and armies.”
John Feffer, Co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus
Open Briefing was founded in May 2011 by our executive director, Chris Abbott, and publicly launched in October of that year. Although based in the United Kingdom, we have a network of analysts and partners around the world. The organisation is a nonprofit social enterprise funded by charitable foundations and individual supporters.
Our activity is divided into four interlinked departments:
Open Briefing is an excellent project with great possibilities for empowering the peace movement and wider civil society. It is typical of Chris Abbott that he should develop it. Moreover, he is one of those rare people who could take it forward and realise its considerable potential.”
Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
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