Our defence-related topic areas cover UK defence policy, defence industries, armed services, developments in military technology, military alliances and modern deterrence strategies.
International Security & Geopolitics
We explore the foreign and security policies and the internal politics of leading states and look at the impact this has from a global perspective and on the UK as an international actor.
Financial, Cyber & Organised Crime
Topics in this category provide a deep dive exploration of money-laundering, fraud, cyber security, developments in technology and AI, illicit trade and trafficking and how the law can be enforced and policed.
We cover the UK's nuclear policy, WMD issues around the world, Iranian and North Korean nuclear diplomacy, as well as counter proliferation financing, sanactions and sanction evasion tactics.
Terrorism, National Security & Intelligence
We explore methods of countering terrorism, terrorist financing and violent extremism, as well as loooking at developments in technology, surveillance and intelligence and what this means for national security.
Africa in Perspective Programme
We take an in-depth look at the evolving nature of conflict and security in key regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
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.
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.
Our cutting-edge global research on environmental crime focuses on environmental security, wildlife crime, illegal fishing, corruption and illicit finance.
European Security in Transformation Programme
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.
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 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.
We focus on the role and effectiveness of international partnerships and alliances including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United Nations, G7 and G20.
We assess how land forces train and fight in contemporary conflict and how they plan to operate over the coming two decades.
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.
Navigating the Indo-Pacific Programme
This programme focuses on the maritime-centric region spanning the Indian and Pacific Oceans as the central arena of competition and cooperation between global and regional powers.
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.
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.
Russia in the World Programme
This programme offers a new approach to less-studied aspects of Russia, including its political systems, strategy formation and foreign policy priorities.
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.
Our research assesses the strategic and operational trends that will dictate how navies fight, and what their role is.
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.
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.