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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.

Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture and RUSI Christmas Party

14 December 2017, 18:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

The Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture is held annually at RUSI, covering key topical defence and security issues. This is followed by the...

Richard Nephew on the 'Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field'

17 January 2018, 14:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

While sanctions have become a preferred tool used by Western policymakers to respond to international security threats, their effectiveness...

Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture - Haig's Right Hand Man: Sir Herbert Lawrence as the British Army's Chief of Staff in 1918

26 January 2018, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

A lecture by Paul Harris, writer and lecturer, commemorating the life of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde and the forces he commanded....

Sir John Scarlett and Gill Bennett on How Russia Sees the World

28 February 2018, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

Russia has gone through enormous changes over the last hundred years, from the Revolutions of 1917 to the break-up of the Soviet Union in...

Stephen Lovegrove on Managing the UK Ministry of Defence

05 March 2018, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

In his lecture, Stephen will discuss the challenges of managing the Ministry of Defence, in particular making Defence more innovative and...

RUSI Conference: Air Forces as Weapons Systems

21 February 2018, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

As several NATO countries prepare to take delivery of the fifth generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the next few years, and France and Germany announce their intention to cooperate on the design...

Global Terrorism Index Launch 2017

15 November 2017, 17:30
RUSI Whitehall

It has never been a more critical time to examine the drivers of terrorism. Terrorism threatens two-thirds of all countries in the world. The human and financial cost is immense.Now in its fifth year, the index is the world's leading metric for...

John Garnett Lecture 2017: Leadership at the Strategic Level - Simple but Not Easy

14 November 2017, 17:30
RUSI Whitehall

The annual John Garnett Lecture honours the legacy of Professor John Garnett as the first academic in the field of Strategic Studies worldwide. Professor Garnett pioneered Strategic Studies as an academic field at the University of Aberystwyth, the...

April 2014: then French President Francois Hollande embraces French nationals who were held hostage by Daesh for ten months. France reportedly paid €13 million to secure their release. Courtesy of Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images

RUSI Paper Launch – Closing the Gap: Assessing Responses to Terrorist-Related Kidnap-for-Ransom

10 November 2017, 16:00
RUSI Whitehall

Governments continue to be concerned about kidnapping as a source of terrorist finance. A host of international commitments, underpinned by UN Security Council Resolutions and domestic laws, forbids the commercial resolution of terrorist-related...

British Foreign Policy After Brexit: An Independent Voice

10 November 2017, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

The authors will discuss how Britain’s global role and influence can be enhanced rather than diminished post-Brexit, with a diplomatic, security, development and trade agenda based on hard-headed realism, including a review of budgetary priorities....

POSTPONED Rogue Trading: Why Illicit and Illegal Trading is a Major Security Issue

10 November 2017, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

Many people who consider themselves law-abiding citizens do not see a problem with buying things that are traded illicitly, from pirated intellectual property to counterfeit fashion goods. The illicit trade in counterfeit and smuggled goods is...

Book Launch: Power in Modern Russia

09 November 2017, 14:00
RUSI Whitehall

Given the Russian leadership's concerns about an unstable and increasingly competitive world, the Russian official and expert community often use the term 'mobilisation' to describe the measures that Moscow is increasingly resorting to in order to...

Sanctions 2018: Sanctions in an Era of Political Uncertainty

08 November 2017, 18:00
RUSI Whitehall

The event will explore how political uncertainties may impact sanctions policy, how this policy misalignment may challenge the private sector, and how the sanctions landscape might evolve in 2018 amid new, emerging security threats and geopolitical...

Staging the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Conflict

08 November 2017, 18:00
Platform Theatre, King's Cross

RUSI, the Atlantic Council and Central Saint Martins present an immersive event in which creatives, AI experts and military and policymakers will engage in open conversation about the challenges, opportunities, and realities of AI over the next...

Remembering “The Unremembered”: the forgotten workers of the First World War

07 November 2017, 18:00
RUSI Whitehall

These men supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. Little is known about these men whose courage and contribution were vital to the war effort, but who never held...

Red Famine - Stalin's War on Ukraine

Red Famine - Stalin’s War on Ukraine

06 November 2017, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine begins in 1917, with the Ukrainian revolution and the Ukrainian national movement that challenged Bolshevik rule. It ends in the present, with a discussion of the ongoing politics of memory in Ukraine.  Red Famine...

President Hassan Rouhani. Image courtesy of www.kremlin.ru.

Iran's role in Regional and Global Security - The view from Tehran and London

30 October 2017, 10:30
RUSI Whitehall

Despite the hopes and expectations, more than two years after the announcement of the Iran deal in July 2015 tensions between the West and Iran remain high and, especially over the past few months, the risk that the deal will fail to translate into...

Armageddon & Paranoia with Sir Rodric Braithwaite

25 October 2017, 16:00
RUSI Whitehall

On both sides of the Iron Curtain, dedicated scientists cracked the secrets of nature, dutiful military men planned to use the bomb in war, politicians contemplated an intolerable decision. Patriotic citizens acquiesced in the idea that their...

What Next in Syria?

25 October 2017, 16:00
RUSI Whitehall

Syria is the defining humanitarian crisis of our time with 400,000 Syrians killed and 10 million people - half of all Syrians - driven from their homes. Recent developments in conflict dynamics in Syria have contributed to a reduction of violence in...

POSTPONED: Social Media and Terrorist Finance: Vulnerabilities and Responses

25 October 2017, 8:00
RUSI Whitehall

Social media companies face increased pressure from leaders to take a greater responsibility in the combating of terrorism and extremism. The debate has largely centred on the ease with which extremist content can be promoted and distributed on...

Preventing Organised Crime - European Approaches and Responses in Practice and Policy

23 October 2017, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

This is the 9th conference of the EU-funded project ‘Research Network on Organised Crime 2017–2019’.  The conference will be hosted as the Annual Conference 2017 of RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC). The event will bring...

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