Our research areas cover a wide range of disciplines from military strategy and defence through to cyber security and financial crime.

Air Power

We examine the evolution of military air operations in the 21st Century.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy

RUSI’s research aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the global anti-money laundering regime in an evolving financial crime landscape.

Climate Change

RUSI’s research addresses climate change as the backdrop to all national security, defence and foreign policy discourses.

Conflict and Security

RUSI’s work offers detailed conflict analysis set against different contexts, and examines conflict prevention, resolution and longer-term recovery.

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Our work addresses the diverse and global nature of threats with research, programming and policy recommendations.

Cyber Security and Resilience

RUSI’s research explores ways to mitigate the risks from cyber attacks and build cyber-resilient societies.

Cyber Strategy

We examine the most pressing strategic challenges related to cyber policy and strategy.


We examine the scale and methods of cybercrime and its impact on national security and prosperity.

Defence Acquisition and Industrial Strategy

We consider how the ideas, rules and arrangements that shape governmental defence relations with private sector suppliers challenge all governments.

Defence Management and Economics

We analyse defence management practices undertaken by the UK Ministry of Defence, including defence spending and the economic impact of defence expenditure.

Environmental Crime

Our cutting-edge global research on environmental crime focuses on environmental security, wildlife crime, illegal fishing, corruption and illicit finance.


Our research focuses on the threat of fraud as it relates to money laundering, cybercrime and international security.

Gender and Security

This topic focuses on gender and its impact on conflict, extremism and security, highlighting the importance of a gender lens in policy and programming.

Global Security

We focus on the military and diplomatic measures taken by nations and international organisations, such as NATO and the United Nations, to ensure mutual safety and security.

Global WMD Issues

Our research focuses on regional affairs associated with the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; countering proliferation finance; and broader issues of deterrence, disarmament and arms control.

Illicit Trade, Trafficking, and Illicit Financial Flows

Global illicit flows take diverse forms that are frequently interlinked, driven by organised crime and able to generate substantial proceeds, posing a significant threat to international security.

Land Warfare

We assess how land forces train and fight in contemporary conflict and how they plan to operate over the coming two decades.

Military History

Understanding how the military instrument of power has been used is a core part of RUSI’s mission and legacy with profound lessons and implications for today’s decisions and tomorrow’s policies.

NATO and Military Alliances

Alliances are a critical part of the Western way of war and an enduring source of strength. Our research examines the detail behind alliances’ success or failure.

Policing and Law Enforcement

We focus on the challenges facing law-enforcement agencies in the 21st century and the opportunities that exist to overcome them.

Proliferation Financing

Proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, such as North Korea and Iran, fund their programmes through illicit means, evading international sanctions in the process.


Resilience looks at how our political, military,  and societal preparations make us a less attractive target for adversaries – a wider contribution to deterrence for a modern era.


We examine the complex challenges surrounding the design and implementation of sanctions and identify both public and private sector-based solutions and areas for collaboration.

Sea Power

Our research assesses the strategic and operational trends that will dictate how navies fight, and what their role is.

Space Policy

Our research analyses UK and international space policy, the military aspects of space power and what the future of space conflict will look like.

Technology, Security and Intelligence

RUSI’s research spans areas such as the intersection between technology and geopolitics, ethical and legal applications of AI, technology procurement, FinTech and cyber.

Terrorist Financing

We examine the evolving global counterterrorist financing landscape and seek to develop appropriate and relevant responses to the threat of terrorist financing.

UK Foreign and Security Policy

RUSI analyses today’s critical UK foreign policy issues, including the impact of Brexit, the response to Russia and China, and the Asian Pivot.

UK Integrated Review

Contributing to the debate and providing essential analysis of the issues as we track the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Foreign Policy and Development

UK Nuclear Policy and Programmes

RUSI conducts research and convenes discussions on the UK’s nuclear weapons programme, its nuclear policy, and its approach to non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.