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RUSI has significant international expertise in researching and countering terrorism and countering violent extremism as well as understanding conflict.

The group is unique in the British think tank community. The terrorism and conflict group draws on its diverse experience and a network of experts to deliver bespoke research and advisory services.

Our team includes academics, former policy-makers, practitioners and researchers who deploy an evidence-based approach to support policy and decision-making. This multidisciplinary capability is complemented by an extensive formal and informal network of high-level contacts across the globe.

Focus

The Terrorism and Conflict Group aims to:

  • Conduct world class research and analysis
  • Disseminate global best practice
  • Provide technical training tailored to a range of regions and countries
  • Promote public understanding: host conferences, workshops, breakfast meetings
  • Help prioritise key research questions for government and academic community
  • Support greater collaboration between public/private sectors

Current Activities

On counter-extremism and understanding contemporary geographies of radicalisation, RUSI runs a suite of projects in the UK and a number of global locations including Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Russia, Central Asia, Lebanon and Sudan. In Kenya, our groundbreaking programme involves local mentors working with youths at risk of radicalisation, in an approach described as ‘innovative’ in a major feature by The Guardian in March 2019. In a major feature, the newspaper highlighted the programme’s unconventional approaches to persuade people away from extremism. The lessons learned from this programme have been incorporated into subsequent counter-radicalisation interventions developed by other organisations, such as the British Council. RUSI is implementing a similar EU-funded initiative in Afghanistan and the model has been taken to policymakers in other countries. In Russia and Central Asia, RUSI carried out fieldwork and works with local partners to study radicalisation amongst labour migrants in Russia, making recommendations in local languages.

RUSI’s expertise in this area was brought together in a major agenda-shaping paper  that assessed the current state of global counter-radicalisation work, and was launched in New York, Brussels and London with senior level support from the UN, the EU and numerous governments. RUSI also diseminates through training of policy and development practitioners including for the European Commission.  

RUSI also conducts research related to issues of gender, terrorism and conflict. In April 2019, the BBC published research from RUSI on the reasons why women turn to terrorism and rehabilitation approaches for former or returning fighters. In 2016-2017 RUSI implemented a formative five country study on gender, radicalisation and countering violent extremism. 

In 2018-2019 RUSI led the Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology as part of its growing work on terrorist online andd offline content. 

Contacts

Emily Winterbotham
Director, Terrorism and Conflict

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