Richard Reeve

Non-Resident Fellow
Human Security | Dialogue | Geopolitics

Richard Reeve is Non-Resident Fellow at BASIC and has been Coordinator of Rethinking Security, a network of UK-based NGOs, academics, practitioners and activists working to reframe UK security narratives and policy, since October 2019. BASIC and Rethinking Security work together on the project ‘Turning Point: Realising a Sustainable Security Architecture in Europe’, which works with states and experts across Europe to create a model for security that addresses the interconnectedness of climate change, conflict and human security.

Richard’s work is at the interface of peacebuilding, strategic studies and environmentalism. For the last decade his research and advocacy has focused primarily on UK defence and security policy, including military posture and presence, military expenditure, and climate security. Currently, he leads the Alternative Security Review project to produce a Human Security Strategy to guide and inspire future UK policy-making.

From 2013 to 2019, he worked with Oxford Research Group as its Coordinator and Chief Executive, directing its Sustainable Security Programme, and developing its strategic peacebuilding work with partners in Yemen, Palestine and Israel. Previously, he worked with international peacebuilding organisations managing research into security, justice and governance in countries including Georgia, Liberia, Nepal and South Sudan.

As an Africa-focused conflict researcher, he has also been a fellow of Chatham House Africa Programme and King’s College London’s War Studies department, and an editor and analyst with Jane’s Information Group and other risk consultancies. He has worked with the African Union, ECOWAS, the Arab League, the European Union and the OSCE, including as an election observer in five Eurasian countries.

He has various degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (International and Comparative Law), London School of Economics (LSE) (International Relations) and the University of Edinburgh (History; Politics), none of which is a PhD.

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