Open Briefing supports at-risk organisations and activists around the world with innovative safety, security and intelligence services.

We work with human rights defenders, local NGOs, independent journalists, environmental defenders, peacebuilders and others with limited capacities and resources.

We help them achieve social and environmental change by ensuring their physical and cyber security or through enhancing their campaigns with intelligence and research support.

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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

“We felt like we had a guardian angel looking after us during our field visits.” 

Leonardo Lacerda, Environment Programme Director, Oak Foundation

“Open Briefing’s review of the security plan for our at-risk local partner was of the highest quality and very helpful.”

Lisa-Marie Rudi, Programme Officer, Civitas Maxima

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

Remote warfare and the Boko Haram insurgency

16 January 2018

This report examines the effectiveness of the use of remote warfare by the Nigerian government, its regional allies and Western states to counter the threat of Boko Haram. Our analysis shows that the operations have encouraged the factional forces of the insurgency to metastasise, build resilience and craft new tactics. Read more

The weekly briefing, 9 January 2018: Possible major environmental disaster in East China Sea, Russian supreme court upholds decision to bar opposition leader from presidential election, Syrian government forces intensify offensive on opposition-held Idlib

9 January 2018

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: possible major environmental disaster after Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter collide in East China Sea; Russian supreme court upholds decision to bar opposition leader Aleksei Navalny from running in presidential election in March; Syrian government forces intensify offensive on opposition-held Idlib despite agreement to maintain area as de-escalation zone; and more. Read more

The weekly briefing, 8 December 2017: UAE announces new partnership with Saudi Arabia, British prime minister suffers another setback in Brexit negotiations, Boko Haram militants kill 17 people in two suicide attacks

8 December 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: UAE announces new partnership with Saudi Arabia outside of the GCC; British prime minister suffers another humiliating setback in Brexit negotiations; Boko Haram militants kill 17 people in two suicide attacks in north-eastern Nigeria; and more. Read more

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