We seek to understand how opponents think about war, and how they organise and fight. This programme brings together practitioners and theorists from across the world to discuss these matters.
We take an in-depth look at the evolving nature of conflict and security in key regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.
This programme aims to provide analysis and insights into military capabilities using OSINT and GEOINT techniques.
This programme is designed to assess the effectiveness of interventions in these fields as well as what is considered success and how it can be measured.
Our work on chemical and biological threats shines a light on underexplored challenges from unconventional weapons of mass destruction.
This multi-dimensional conflict and peacebuilding programme has been developed to better understand and address violent ecosystems.
This programme aims to reduce and mitigate the risks related to the financing of weapons of mass destruction, as well as drive global thought leadership through timely and relevant policy-oriented research and analysis.
This programme focuses on improving effectiveness and impact of counterterrorism policy in the UK, EU, and internationally through our research and by providing training and support.
Examining the value and impact of interstate cyber operations and exploring different national approaches to cyber strategy, capability and development.
Analysing how to mitigate cyber risks through building cyber-resilient societies.
Examining how policy and strategy can tackle the challenges posed by cyber.
Analysing the types of cyber threats facing societies and identifying how to mitigate them.
We examine nuclear weapons policy, including deterrence, strategic stability, risk reduction, arms control and disarmament.
This theme focuses on the national, geopolitical and environmental security risks of fossil fuel reliance and solutions for securing clean energy globally.
This theme focuses on the multifaceted relationship between climate change, environmental and human security, activism, and organised crime.
The European Security in Transformation Programme analyses perennial and emerging security challenges for the wider Euro-Atlantic region within the context of the UK’s national security.
This research programme analyses Russia’s strategic thinking, political change and its global and regional ambitions.
This programme of work looks at potential drivers and modalities for the spread of violent ideologies.
This programme examines the weaponisation of finance as a tool of international statecraft through the lens of evolving threats and cross-sector responses.
This programme focuses on the development and implementation of effective anti-financial crime policies and regulation both in the UK and internationally.
This programme develops research and activities that centre around the intersection of illicit finance and security, with a focus on the EU and its neighbourhood.
This programme examines factors shaping the likely nature of armed conflict in both the near future and further out, with a view to assessing their likely implications for both armed forces and policymakers.
This programme considers the implications of a return to great power competition, especially for medium powers whose impact is typically magnified in alliances.
This programme examines the context, structures, processes and people that deliver defence outputs, since success ultimately depends on how well they can manage the complexity with which they are faced.
This programme covers security in the region that is the global centre of gravity for economic growth, technological development, and geopolitical competition: the Indo-Pacific.
We convene dialogues, host events and deliver briefings to broaden understanding of nuclear issues.
Our work on organised crime and corruption explores the dynamics of illicit markets and the drivers and enablers that sustain them in order to inform effective policy responses.
We focus on enhancing police effectiveness in response to new and complex security threats and social challenges, and measures to improve police accountability. We also specialise in the more specific opportunities and difficulties facing policing in developing countries.
This programme provides resources for professional military educational purposes and public awareness. It examines contemporary warfare, challenges to the orthodoxies of military doctrines, and behaviours in conflict.
This Project is an initiative to systematically analyse North Korea’s proliferation, procurement and sanctions evasion networks.
We examine the fast-evolving security and defence agenda in Latin America and consider the most effective ways to counter the leading threats across the region.
We study the nuclear and missile programmes of Iran and North Korea, and examine policies in support of global non-proliferation regimes.
We seek to understand the role that civil nuclear power plays as an instrument of geopolitics, and how to mitigate potential security and safety risks of its spread.
This programme seeks to understand how the proliferation of data and digital tools is changing the nature of intelligence inside and outside of government.
This programme covers the evolving regional order of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), examining dynamics in and between the region’s countries as well as the region’s place in a changing world.