Sim­ple so­lu­tion to MoD’s bud­get woes

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Your re­port (11 May) about the MoD’s £21bn bud­get short­fall is yet another reminder that the UK des­per­ately needs “lower cost” com­pli­men­tary ef­forts that re­duce se­cu­rity threats in the long term. With global con­flict at its high­est level in 30 years, the UK should in­vest in sus­tain­able so­lu­tions that go beyond putting a lid on the prob­lem as our ad­ven­tures in Iraq and Libya have shown and the Chilcot in­quiry made clear. This can be achieved by in­vest­ing in peace­build­ing – in­ter­ven­tions that deal with the root causes of con­flict – both in pol­icy and fi­nan­cial terms. Every US$1 in­vested in peace­build­ing po­ten­tially leads to a US$16 de­cline in the cost of armed con­flict. Peace­build­ing is ef­fec­tive, cost-ef­fec­tive and pop­u­lar ac­cord­ing to polls – and it would help with the MoD’s fund­ing prob­lem. What’s not to like?

Har­riet Lamb

CEO, In­ter­na­tional Alert

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