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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 2020

03 December 2020, 15:30

Lecture by General Sir Nick Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence.The Chief of the Defence Staff...

MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

09 December 2020, 16:00

When Allied fighters were trapped behind enemy lines, one branch of military intelligence helped them escape: MI9. The organisation set up...

Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain's Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency

14 December 2020, 16:00

For a hundred years, GCHQ has been at the forefront of innovation in national security and British secret statecraft. Famed for its...

Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture: Implementing the Integrated Review – Building the Next Generation Royal Air Force

17 December 2020, 12:00

The Integrated Review sets out to define the Government’s ambition for the UK’s role in the world and its long-term strategic aims for our...

Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture: The Tank in World War One – Did Haig Help or Hinder its Development?

29 January 2021, 13:00

In his memoirs, Major General J.F.C. Fuller, Chief of Staff of the Tank Corps from 1916 to mid 1918 and a key player in its successes,...

Tom Tugendhat on Reappraising UK Foreign Policy Towards China

22 September 2020, 10:30

The coronavirus crisis and the introduction of a new security law in Hong Kong has underlined the need for a better understanding of China's place in the world and an urgent reappraisal of the UK-China bilateral relationship. In his speech, Tom...

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What role is there for media development in preventing and countering violent extremism? Observations from the STRIVE programme in Kenya

21 September 2020, 12:00

Media development is rarely discussed in programming to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE). It sits uneasily alongside strategic communication and the use of alternative and counter narratives to respond to propagated narratives by...

Cyber Attacks – What Actual Harm Do They Cause?

18 September 2020, 14:00

After six years leading the UK Government’s approach to cyber security, including as the founding CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre,  Ciaran Martin takes a fresh look at the impact of cyber-attacks on the UK, drawing on his personal...

Sino-Indian Crisis: Instability along the Line of Actual Control

17 September 2020, 12:00

The Sino-Indian border is at its most volatile since the two countries went to war in 1962. The ongoing crisis has seen the first instances of fatalities and firing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since 1975, putting the region at risk of...

Extreme Threats to the UK

17 September 2020, 9:00

The UK’s nuclear deterrent is intended to ensure its security against the most extreme threats. According to the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, “it would be irresponsible to assume that the UK will not in...

Building Stronger Societies Webinar Series: Organising Ourselves for the Next Crisis

16 September 2020, 16:00

When the coronavirus pandemic struck the world, a fact that had previously not been considered critical became obvious: most Western countries are ill-prepared for crises. While governments may have plans, crisis preparedness needs to involve the...

Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE II) Kenya

Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE II) Kenya: Project Closing Lessons Learned and Evaluation

16 September 2020, 9:00

READ REPORT STRIVE II Kenya (Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism) is the follow-on programme to STRIVE Horn of Africa, the first EU funded countering violent extremism (CVE) programme in the region.  The programme is coming to a close...

Ahead of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly – Can Multilateralism be Rebuilt for a Post-Covid World: A Conversation Between The Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander and Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens

14 September 2020, 16:00

This wide-ranging conversation covered the multilateral response to the Covid-19 crisis to date and will look ahead to the key themes of the 75th United Nations General Assembly - from Covid to climate, and from biodiversity to gender - and will...

Paper Launch: Management of Defence After the Levene Reforms: What Comes Next?

10 September 2020, 12:00

Generated in part as a contribution to thinking for the Integrated Review, this paper builds on an analysis of almost a century of efforts to promote greater coordination among the individual services and identifies current weaknesses. It ...

Whitehall Briefing - The Future of UK–EU Intelligence Sharing in a Post-Brexit World

09 September 2020, 12:00
RUSI Whitehall

The UK has been deeply embedded in EU security mechanisms for many years. In fact, the UK was instrumental in developing many of the capabilities which are now relied upon to facilitate co-operation and data sharing between member states’...

“Why the Germans Do It Better” Notes from a Grown Up Country

08 September 2020, 16:00

Emerging from a collection of disparate city states 150 years ago, no other country has had as turbulent a history as Germany or enjoyed so much prosperity in such a short time frame. Today, as much of the world succumbs to authoritarianism and...

Keeping Online Payments Safe: Resilience of Digital Payments

02 September 2020, 16:00

Though most transactions go through without problems, the vast volume of transactions and money now changing hands online means online payment systems are a constant target for crime and other subversive activity. How can digital payments be made...

Is there a Nexus Between Crime and Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa?

27 August 2020, 14:30

The nexus between crime and violent extremism has been the subject of increasing scholarly and political concern. While there is a plethora of research to suggest a link between crime and violent extremism, evidence of such relations is limited in...

The UAE-Israel Deal: A New Chapter for the Middle East?

27 August 2020, 12:00

The agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates promises to establish normal relations between the two countries. In this sense, the agreement is historic; hitherto only Egypt and Jordan fully normalised their links with Israel. Yet the...

Africa in Perspective – Spotlight on Somalia

26 August 2020, 12:00

Somalia is at a political crossroads. The signing by President Farmajo in February 2020 of a historic federal law has paved the way for Somalia to hold popular elections next year based upon the 'one person, one vote' principle. However, major...

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