Protecting civic space.
Defending civil society.

Open Briefing is the only organisation working worldwide to provide professional and appropriate holistic security and duty of care support to at-risk civil society organisations and activists in repressive and violent environments.

Our international team provides high-impact mentoring, capacity-building and technical assistance across safety and security, digital security and wellbeing and resilience. We also work extensively with the senior management teams and boards of international funders and NGOs.

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“Without hesitation I recommend Open Briefing. The way they take time to understand your organisation, adapt to your needs, and provide insight and tailored guidance has been unfailingly impressive.”

Nick Martlew, UK Director, Crisis Action

“Open Briefing has been an essential service to me and my organisation. I am grateful that they exist; they permit me to make well-thought-out decisions on how to oversee my organisation’s duty of care.”

Jessi Ginther, Director of Operations, Center for Civilians in Conflict

“From identifying critical gaps to implementing practical policies, Open Briefing should be your first call to assess and strengthen your security profile.”

Brad Brooks-Rubin, Managing Director, The Sentry

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Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS

Civic space and civil society are both under threat; Open Briefing is a vital part of the response. Since 2011, we have been building a more resilient civil society that can empower marginalised communities, defend human rights, and hold governments and corporations to account.

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Why the United States was caught off-guard on Iran

9 November 2016

Many intelligence agencies were caught off-guard by the Arab Spring in 2011. Similarly, many agencies failed to anticipate the Islamic State taking over Mosul in 2014. Yet, the reasons behind these instances of strategic surprise were not new at all. They were already apparent over 25 years before, prior to the Iranian Revolution, and still pervade contemporary intelligence work. Read more