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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.

They Call It Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad

14 April 2021, 16:00

Sir Peter Westmacott's forty-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office straddled the last decade of the Cold War and the age of...

Our Man in Malaysia: The Life and Actions of a North Korean Agent

15 April 2021, 13:00

In 2017, a North Korean national named Ri Jong Chol was arrested in Malaysia in connection to the assassination at Kuala Lumpur airport of...

How Integrated are Foreign Affairs and Development in the UK Integrated Review?

26 April 2021, 16:00

In this wide-ranging conversation, Douglas Alexander and Rory Stewart deploy the experience they gained in their previously-held government...

Hard Choices: What Britain Does Next

11 May 2021, 16:00

After decades of peace and prosperity, the international order put in place after the Second World War is rapidly coming to an end. Foreign...

Western Jihadism: A Thirty Year History

14 July 2021, 16:00

In forensic and compelling detail, Professor Jytte Klausen shows how Islamist terrorism in Europe and North America has been driven, not by...

Precision Strike in 21st Century Multidomain Operations

13 May 2021, 12:00

The ‘democratisation’ of access to long-range precision strike assets once thought to be components of an exclusively Western revolution in military affairs will have important ramifications for the...

RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2021: Integrating for Operations Today and Warfighting Tomorrow

02 June 2021, 9:00

The British Government published its Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review in March 2021, setting out its ambition for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade. Given the...

Britain in the World

10 February 2020, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

  Conference Information Britain’s departure from the European Union signals the beginning of new challenges, opportunities and priorities. Foreign policy will have to explore how Britain fits into a new competitive and more state-based...

Breakfast Briefing: Countering Cyber Risk - Threats, Responses and Future Trends

05 February 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

Recent research suggests that business leaders now see cyber security as the top risk to their businesses, and the British Government has publicly stated that cyber is one of only three top tier threats to the UK’s national security. Lord Evans will...

Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture: Haig and the Aftermath

31 January 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

On 11 November 1918, Douglas Haig must have welcomed his imminent release from the immense burdens he had stoically borne for three years. He appreciated, however, that he would not yet be able to say ‘goodbye to all that’.  Even before the war’s...

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,...

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