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Worldwide, people are separated in the name of ‘national security’. Thousands of miles of walls and barbed wire, all with the sole purpose to keep out ‘the other’, the unknown. But all this comes at a cost: not only the trillions of dollars invested in steel, stone and weapons, but also at the cost of our shared humanity. But now, a new era of peacebuilding is on the horizon. Inspired by those who refuse to identify particular groups or demographics as threats to others. A group of nonconformists with one goal: to redefine security in an inclusive and egalitarian way. To find out more, we spoke to one of those peacebuilders, seeking ways to reframe our security as a shared responsibility. Kerri Kennedy is the Associate General Secretary for International Programs at AFSC. We asked her: What makes us secure? And how can we reshape our security in a way that it is inclusive and shared? Music credit: 'Coffee Shopping' by Bruno Freitas, licensed under

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