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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.

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E.g., Nov 21 2019

UK PONI Members Only

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...

Invite Only

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...

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John Garnett Lecture 2019

17 December 2019, 17:30
RUSI Whitehall

Susan Gordon recently stepped down as the Deputy US Director of National Intelligence. Susan will be talking about how digital transformation has impacted the geo strategic landscape and where it...

Major Corporate Level Members and Above

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...

RUSI Members Only

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...

RUSI Members Only

Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture: Haig and the Aftermath, 1919

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...

Major Corporate Level Members and Above

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...

Major Corporate Level Members and Above

Breakfast Briefing - UK Security Policy After Brexit

18 March 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

The economic consequences of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal have received significant attention, but a no-deal Brexit would also have important security implications. Currently, as...

Major Corporate Level Members and Above

Breakfast Briefing: The New British Army Operating Concept

17 June 2020, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

Following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, western governments have been trying to adapt to a challenging new security environment. Persistent instability in the Middle East and North Africa...

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

25 November 2019, 11:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

Admiral (rtd) Tomohisa Takei, formerly of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, will deliver a lecture on contemporary maritime security...

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

26 November 2019, 18:15
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

Britain is facing unprecedented security challenges in the 2020s. The decade to come will not be as favourable as the two past decades. For...

Houses of Parliament

Pre-election Defence Debate

28 November 2019, 12:30
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

While Brexit may well form the backdrop for the General Election, the next government must also deal with the future of defence policy and...

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

05 December 2019, 18:30
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...

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

27 January 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall London, SW1A 2ET

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...

European Defence: The Challenge of Strategic Autonomy

14 October 2019, 14:30
RUSI Whitehall

Europe is increasingly required to assume greater responsibility for its own security. The debate about strengthening Europe’s abilities to use force in extreme situations or, more broadly, to act in defence of its own interests is increasingly...

A Conversation with HRH Prince Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom

14 October 2019, 14:00
RUSI Whitehall

Tensions in the Gulf region have soared following a drone and missile attack on Saudi oil facilities, and the Kingdom is faced with a plethora of security challenges. These come at a time of extensive social and economic reforms inside the Kingdom....

Our Boys: The Story of a Falklands Paratrooper

12 October 2019, 18:00

IIn her book Our Boys: The Story of a Falklands Paratrooper, Parr draws on the experiences of the people who were there and the personal story of her uncle David, who was killed during the conflict.She highlights the prominent role of the Parachute...

NATO Beyond 70

10 October 2019, 12:30
RUSI Whitehall

Fifty days before NATO’s Leaders Meeting in London, the Ambassadors to NATO of Estonia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom reflected on NATO’s achievements as it turns seventy. They also considered how the Alliance should consolidate its...

Information, Security and Democracy

30 September 2019, 18:00
RUSI Whitehall

In a world of fake news, how important is the governance of the internet? And how significant is the digital aspect to modern-day activism? These and other questions will be addressed during this discussion, that will contemplate the significance of...

Innovation in Countering Illicit Finance: Exploring and Addressing Policy Tensions

26 September 2019, 12:00
RUSI Whitehall

The fight against financial crime is on a transformational journey, one that seems to have accelerated over the past five years.  The financial services industry continues to evolve, with new products, relationships, and payment methods creating new...

Australian Foreign Policy and the Indo-Pacific

26 September 2019, 10:00
RUSI Whitehall

The Indo-Pacific is a region characterised by growth, dynamism and opportunity. It is also a region of strategic competition, and events in the Indo-Pacific will go some way to determining the shape of international relations globally.Speaker...

Elisabeth Braw on the Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign inside the Church

25 September 2019, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall

East Germany only existed for a short forty years but in that time the Stasi developed a highly successful ‘church department’, using persuasion rather than threats, that managed to recruit an extraordinary stable of clergy spies. Pastors,...

Foreign investments in cutting-edge tech: pure business or a national security matter?

25 September 2019, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall

Non-European entities, including investors, are a common and welcome part of business in Europe. When it comes to investments in cutting-edge technology, however, the picture becomes less clear. European governments are increasingly concerned about...

Report Launch: The UK Strategy on Protection of Civilians - Insights for the Review Process

18 September 2019, 13:30
RUSI Whitehall

The 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council adding the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict to its agenda and the decision by the UK to review its 2010 strategy on Protection of Civilians provide an opportunity for the UK Government to play...

SOLD OUT: Breakfast Briefing - Seven Decades of Security: NATO at 70

18 September 2019, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

As the world’s most successful alliance turns 70, it remains the cornerstone of UK defence. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was founded on April 4 in 1949, with its first headquarters in Belgravia, London. Since then, the alliance has...

The Red Queen Problem: Technology Start-ups and National Security

12 September 2019, 8:30

Technology start-ups have traditionally not been considered part of national defence – because technology within national defence has been provided by the government itself, or its major contractors. Conversely, tech start-ups often don’t have a...

Breakfast Briefing - How People Radicalise: The Anatomy of Violent Extremism

11 September 2019, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall

Today, the world is facing an unprecedented wave of violent extremism by non-state actors of various types. The causes, in whose name they are willing to kill and die, are very different (including religion, ethnicity, social justice, among others)...

“Changing Times, Changing Treason?" A Lecture by the New Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

09 September 2019, 17:30
RUSI Whitehall

This speech reflected on whether the UK’s treason law needs to be updated to address the phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters who are British citizens or residents, and questioned whether the law properly allows for the trial and punishment of a...

US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper

A Conversation with the US Secretary of Defense

06 September 2019, 9:30
RUSI Whitehall

In this wide-ranging discussion, Dr Esper addressed a number of key international defence and security challenges, including the importance of the critical transatlantic relationship. Dr Mark T. Esper became US Secretary of Defense on 23 July 2019....

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