Beyond dependence and Legacy: Sustainable Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chris Abbott and Thomas Phipps | Oxford Research Group | June 2009

Issues:Competition over resources, Marginalisation


Sub-Saharan Africa is too readily dismissed from the outside, but the regional perception is often one of optimism. It is an area rich in natural resources: ranging from oil and natural gas to other minerals such as chrome, nickel and zinc. Nearly half the population are under the age of 14, making the region free from the demographic burden of an ageing workforce prevalent in other parts of the world. Read more »

From Within and Without: Sustainable Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Chris Abbott and Sophie Marsden | Oxford Research Group | March 2009

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources, Global militarisation, Marginalisation


The Middle East and North Africa is a region of great diversity. It encompasses Arab and many other ethnic populations, theocratic and secular states, democracies and authoritarian regimes. A region of immense wealth and crippling poverty; it is blessed (some might say cursed) with vast resources, not least oil, but has not always proved able to manage them for the benefit of ordinary people. Read more »

Global Responses to Global Threats: Sustainable Security for the 21st Century

Chris Abbott, Paul Rogers and John Sloboda | Oxford Research Group | June 2006

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources, Global militarisation, Marginalisation


This major report was the result of an 18-month long research project examining the various threats to global security, and sustainable responses to those threats. Read more »

An Uncertain Future: Law Enforcement, National Security and Climate Change

Chris Abbott | Oxford Research Group | January 2008

Issue:Climate change


Climate change will have serious environmental, socio-economic and security consequences for both developed and developing nations alike. This report explores these consequences and demonstrates that they will present new challenges to governments trying to maintain domestic stability. Read more »

Tigers and Dragons: Sustainable Security in Asia and Australasia

Chris Abbott and Sophie Marsden | Oxford Research Group | November 2008

Issues:Climate change, Global militarisation


Asia is a region in transition, and transition creates uncertainty. The political, economic and societal landscape is shifting, with major new powers emerging and smaller states attempting to protect their interests in this changing dynamic. At the same time, climate change and the other long-term emerging threats to security will require regional responses and thus a degree of regional unity. Read more »