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RUSI is the podium of choice for world leaders and senior policymakers, and is ideally placed to attract high-quality speakers and participants at its events. These vary in size and format from set-piece lectures to conferences and seminars.

Predicting Environmental Disasters

05 October 2020, 15:00

Though CO2 emissions decreased somewhat as a result of coronavirus lockdowns, climate change remains a critical issue. Indeed,...

An Online Conversation with Two Former Spymasters

22 October 2020, 16:00

In this wide-ranging conversation, General Petraeus and Sir John Sawers will discuss the next big geopolitical and global security...

Building Stronger Societies: Involving Teenagers in National Security

29 October 2020, 16:00

With national security threats growing, countries are looking increasingly to teenagers as a resource. Traditional conscription, as...

Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman Who Shaped Modern Britain

12 November 2020, 16:00

As a philosopher-statesman, Haldane’s groundbreaking proposals on defence, education and government structure were astonishingly ahead of...

How Spies Think: 10 Lessons in Intelligence

17 November 2020, 16:00

Intelligence officers discern the truth. They gather information - often contradictory or incomplete - and, with it, they build the most...

Modern Deterrence Autumn 2020 Conference (Rescheduled from Autumn 2020)

17 February 2021, 9:00

RUSI Modern Deterrence conference in partnership with the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.With threats and aggression facing liberal democracies increasing, national security is more important today...

Insurance Gaps: A Growing Vulnerability

28 January 2020, 8:30

Though insurance gaps is a little-known term outside the insurance industry, and one not associated with national security, it is becoming a national security issue. According to a new report by Lloyd’s, $133bn is at risk in major cities across the...

Professor Azar Gat on Has War been Declining: Why and Where?

27 January 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

While the world has become more peaceful than ever before, there is still much to worry about in terms of security and no place for complacency. Recent years have seen vicious wars in south and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the rise of...

Breakfast Briefing: What Works (and What Doesn’t) in Efforts to Prevent or Counter Violent Extremism?

24 January 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

One of the most important lessons of the last two decades is that military and security-focused operations – in isolation – do not end terrorist movements. Efforts to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE) have therefore become an intrinsic...

Ecole de Guerre Public Debate

10 December 2019, 17:00
RUSI Whitehall

In 2010, the Lancaster House Treaties set France on a path of pursuing greater interoperability with Britain in defence-related matters. As the agreement approaches its tenth birthday, however, two largely unexpected developments have arisen which...

Tech innovation: the potential for startup-government collaboration

10 December 2019, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

There is a major divide between the tech industry and the armed forces. In 2018 Google, for example, ended an artificial intelligence project for the Pentagon. This divide is troubling, because governments rely on the tech industry for innovative...

Have I Got Nukes for You: The UK PONI Christmas Quiz

09 December 2019, 18:30
RUSI Whitehall

Given the success of our previous UK PONI Christmas quizzes, we’re back for a fourth year! Get ready to pull on those Christmas jumpers and join other UK PONI members for an evening of friendly competition and quiz fun! Prizes will also be awarded...

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture and RUSI Christmas Party 2019

05 December 2019, 18:30
RUSI Whitehall

Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence. The Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture is held annually at RUSI, covering key topical defence and security issues. The Speech Excellencies, my lords, ladies and gentlemen – it’s a great...

Breakfast Briefing: Intelligence Assessment and Policymaking: Learning the Lessons of the Past Fifteen Years

04 December 2019, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a Committee of Privy Counsellors under Lord Butler of Brockwell was asked to review the pre-war intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and to ‘make recommendations on the gathering,...

The Future of Fires: Report Launch

29 November 2019, 10:00
RUSI Whitehall

The paper is available here.The increasing density and sophistication of Russia’s Integrated Air Defence System promises to rob NATO ground forces of air support in the first weeks of any high intensity conflict in Eastern Europe. NATO ground forces...

Beyond 2020: the next 50 years of the NPT

29 November 2019, 9:30
RUSI Whitehall

As part of the preparations for the 2020 Review Conference for the Non-Proliferation Treaty, President-Designate Rafael Grossi has launched the “Beyond 2020: The Next 50 Years of the NPT” project. This initiative is designed to foster a dialogue and...

Houses of Parliament

Pre-election Defence Debate

28 November 2019, 12:30
RUSI Whitehall

While Brexit may well form the backdrop for the General Election, the next government must also deal with the future of defence policy and the possibility of a Strategic Defence and Security Review after the UK leaves the European Union. Speakers:...

Tipping Point: Britain, Brexit and Security in the 2020s

26 November 2019, 18:15
RUSI Whitehall

Britain is facing unprecedented security challenges in the 2020s. The decade to come will not be as favourable as the two past decades. For a country as 'globalised' as Britain, security challenges cover a wide spectrum - from terrorism,...

Challenges to a free and open maritime security strategy in the Indo-Pacific

25 November 2019, 11:00
RUSI Whitehall

Admiral (rtd) Tomohisa Takei, formerly of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, delievered a lecture on contemporary maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific region, from the overall strategic environment to the implications of China's rising...

The Future of Amphibious Operations, Report Launch

20 November 2019, 14:00
RUSI Whitehall

Read the ReportIf you can’t get to the fight, the number of tanks, and the skill of soldiers is irrelevant. Theatre access is a critical prerequisite for power projection.Traditional methods of theatre access however are becoming harder. The...

Tech as a Virtue: Ethical Technology as a Source of Societal Strength

20 November 2019, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

The current debate about technology and national security in liberal democracies focuses on the vulnerabilities created by technology. Given how strategic competitors and adversaries exploit Western societies’ technology-based vulnerabilities, for...

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