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Meeting human needs will create REAL Security: Paul Rogers & Jenny Pearce

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To address COVID, climate and the ecological emergencies we must move from an outmoded model of national security towards human security

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Talk and discussion: Real Security will be achieved by meeting real human needs

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  • Professor Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University and President of the Movement for the Abolition of War.
  • Professor Jenny Pearce, Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC). London School of Economics.
  • Moderator: Brian Larkin, Peace & Justice Coordinator

Either join at 6pm for a short AGM, or from 6.30pm. The talks and discussion will begin at 6.30pm

6pm - 6.30pm Peace & Justice Annual Meeting

6:30 - 6:50pm Keynote: Paul Rogers

To address COVID, climate and the ecological emergencies we must move from an outmoded model of national security towards human security

This year the UK increased military spending by about 10%, the biggest increase since the Korean War. It plans to build 80 new nuclear warheads while continuing to supply arms to Saudi Arabia and cutting aid to Yemen by half. Globally, military spending is over $1.8 Trillion, while $1.2 Trillion is needed to ensure we reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions. And wealthy nations, who also spend the most on weapons, are failing to commit the funds needed to ensure that people in the poorest countries receive COVID19 vaccinations.

Isn’t it time to cut funding to the military and prioritize human security and a future for life on earth instead? With the UK hosting COP26 in Glasgow in November, shouldn’t the UK lead the way to a shift from the failed model of military security toward real human security and a just green recovery from COVID and the climate and ecological crises?

6:50 - 7:10pm. Response: Prof Jenny Pearce

Rethinking Security as a Means to Reduce not Reproduce Violence

In the Introduction to her monograph Politics without Violence? Jenny Pearce asks: “As climate change differentially impacts on the globe, will violence be the way the privileged protect themselves from the human struggle that climate change will mean?” Indeed, while recognising the common global threat to security posed by climate change, in “Global Britain”, the Integrated Review of Security, Defense and Foreign Policy, with its increases in military spending and push toward greater force projection, we are already seeing this. Professor Pearce will speak on how peace building is impeded by a focus on militarist solutions to security, with specific reference to Central America, particularly Columbia.

About the Speakers

Paul Rogers, President of Movement for the Abolition of War and Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Bradford University. Paul is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV networks worldwide. He writes a weekly column on international affairs for Open Democracy and wrote a monthly analysis on international security issues for Oxford Research Group until 2021. Paul has written/edited 30 books and over 150 papers and book chapters, including Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century (London: Pluto, 2010) and Irregular War: New Threats from the Margins (London: Bloomsbury/I B Tauris, 2017). His most recent publication, “The Triple Paradigm Crisis: Economy, Environment and Security”, is in The Journal of Global Faultlines in 2020.

Jenny Pearce is a political scientist who specialises in Latin America. She works with anthropological and participatory research methodologies on social change, violence, security, power and participation. She considers herself a peace scholar, committed to theoretical development of the field of peace, power and violence as well as empirical study.

7:10 - 7:40 Q&A

7:40 - 7:50 Final comments from speakers & Summing up

7:50pm Finish.


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