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Launch of innovative new services and our ambitious strategic plan!

Open Briefing is today launching a complete package of low-cost, high-impact intelligence, security, training and equipment services for organisations and individuals striving for social and environmental justice, particularly those working in or on fragile and conflict-affected states or under repressive regimes. Our new strategic plan sets out how we will deliver on our pledge to protect and inform all those striving for social and environmental justice. It is an ambitious and truly groundbreaking plan, but with your support we can achieve real change.

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Ethical statement

Open Briefing is committed to an ethical approach in all its activities and procedures. We are a a signatory of the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, bound by the Code of Conduct for Members of the International NGO Safety and Security Association, a certified member of Social Enterprise UK, and signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health and the Armed Forces Covenant. We also operate a 'no weapons policy' and do not knowingly make use of suppliers or services that invest in or have any links to unethical industries, including the arms trade and extractive industries.

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Would you like to join our team as an adviser?

As Open Briefing rapidly expands the scope and reach of its work, we are seeking to recruit several new advisers to our advisory board. Advisers are expert practitioners who provide strategic advice and support to the executive director. This is a voluntary, flexible role. We particularly welcome applications from potential advisers with at least 15 years professional experience in NGO security, aid and humanitarian action, journalism, human rights, environmental campaigning, fundraising or charity management.

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The weekly briefing, 23 August 2016: Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in UN-backed government, Kurdish People’s Protection Units launch major assault against Syrian government forces in Hasaka, violent clashes continue between police and pro-separatist protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in UN-backed government; Kurdish People's Protection Units launch major assault against Syrian government forces in Hasaka; violent clashes continue between police and pro-separatist protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir; and more.

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Remote-control warfare briefing #17, August 2016: NATO designates cyberspace as an operational domain, US releases official estimates of deaths from drone strikes, Iraqi special forces play critical role retaking Fallujah

Monthly briefing from the Open Briefing intelligence unit on developments in remote-control warfare. This month: NATO designates cyberspace as an operational domain and includes cyber attacks in Article 5; newly-released official estimates of casualties from US drone strikes step in right direction but too limited; Iraqi special forces play critical role retaking Fallujah from Islamic State; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 19 July 2016: Venezuela’s president appoints defence minister as ‘co-president’, Papua New Guinea’s opposition issues no confidence motion in country’s prime minister, attack on Bastille Day celebrations in Nice leaves 84 people dead

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Venezuela’s president orders military to regulate five of country’s largest ports and appoints defence minister as ‘co-president’; Papua New Guinea’s opposition issues no confidence motion in country’s prime minister; Lorry driven through Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, leaving 84 dead in attack claimed by Islamic State; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 12 July 2016: UN tribunal rules on South China Sea dispute between Philippines and China; long-awaited Iraq Inquiry report leads to fresh calls for Tony Blair to face legal action over his role in Iraq war; opposition fighters launch attack on government-held districts in Aleppo after Syrian government forces cut supply route into city

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea rules on dispute between Philippines and China over latter’s claims to South China Sea; long-awaited Iraq Inquiry report finally published and leads to fresh calls for former British prime minster Tony Blair to face legal action over his role in Iraq war; opposition fighters launch attack on government-held districts in Aleppo, Syria, after government forces cut their last supply route into city; and more.

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Weekly political and security risk update, 21 June 2016: US Senate votes down gun control measures; Britain gears up for EU referendum; Russia plans to maintain mliitary presence in Arctic

The first in a new series of weekly briefings covering political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: the US Senate has voted down four separate gun control measures in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, which killed 49 people; the United Kingdom will shortly vote on its membership of the European Union against the backdrop of an increasingly antagonistic campaign and the shocking far-right murder of a pro-EU MP; Russia has announced it plans to maintain its military presence in the Artic region; and more from Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Polar regions.

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