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

The weekly briefing, 21 February 2018: ICC to investigate Philippines war on drugs, Ethiopian prime minister resigns, Libyan coast guard picks up 324 people off coast

21 February 2018

Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world. This week includes events in Ethiopia, the Philippines, Japan, Latvia, Libya and Syria. Read more

The weekly briefing, 6 February 2018: Civil unrest breaks out in Maldives, protesters march through Kiev, US stock market suffers worst hit in six years

6 February 2018

Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world. This week includes events in Ethiopia, South Africa, United States, Venezuela, North Korea, the Maldives, Belgium, Ukraine, Libya and Syria. Read more

Towards an EU defence force?

24 January 2018

While NATO and the EU will remain joint protectors of Europe for the foreseeable future, the EU is largely united in a desire to build new military infrastructure across the continent. There is not yet consensus on the scope of that military ambition, but the direction of travel towards an EU defence force seems clearer now than at any point in the EU’s history. Read more

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