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Our Values

Established in 1831, RUSI is an independent institute with a mission to inform, influence and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. In 2016, RUSI staff launched an exercise to refine and articulate the Institute’s core values in a modern setting. The initiative followed an Institute-wide discussion at RUSI’s ‘away day’ last September. It was a collaborative effort involving junior and senior members of staff from various departments across the Institute. RUSI’s three core values and aims are: 

1. Continuity

FULFIL RUSI’S CHARTER AND MISSION

  • Abide by RUSI’s charitable status and provide a public benefit.
  • Respect RUSI’s historical legacy while also looking to the future.


2. Thought Leadership and Independence

STAY AHEAD OF CHANGE

  • Conduct original, evidence-based research on critical national and international defence and security issues.
  • Disseminate the results to enhance the public debate and promote constructive policy options.
  • Be innovative, entrepreneurial and agile in response to a fluid and evolving security environment.
  • Ensure financial and intellectual independence, as well as accountability and transparency of funding and activities.

3. Trust and Collaboration

PROMOTE AN INCLUSIVE, TRUSTED COMMUNITY

  • Maintain a reputation as an honest broker and trusted partner, and engage a diverse network of people and ideas.
  • Honour RUSI’s founding as a members’ institute, while also convening a wider network to encourage fresh thinking and inter-disciplinary approaches.
  • Develop young talent in the full range of RUSI activities to ensure continuity of purpose.
  • Ensure a culture of respect, collaboration, professionalism and compassion, inside and outside the Institute.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline in adherence to these values, while maintaining a sense of humility and humour.

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