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RUSI Qatar

Mission Statement

  • To conduct research and analyse developments on all matters of defence and security affecting the Gulf, and the broader Middle East.
  • To promote debate and facilitate dialogue between military and security communities, about current and future threats faced and the opportunities for overcoming them.
  • To increase understanding by decision makers, practitioners, opinion formers, and the public, about the challenges confronting the region, and make policy recommendations.
  • To serve as a repository of knowledge, and a link between people with expertise on the region, on military affairs, international relations, and homeland security.

About Us

The opening in Doha of RUSI’s first international office reflects the importance that the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) places on the Arab and Muslim world. RUSI(Qatar) has been established on the basis that a permanent presence and the conduct of theatre based research is critical to understanding the increasingly complex strategic environment of the Gulf and broader Middle East, and the implications of regional developments for international security.

The branch will draw on the expertise of its network of associate fellows and from its permanant staff at its headquarters in London, in addition to those based in Qatar. The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) is the oldest institute of its kind in the world. Established by the Duke of Wellington in 1831, the launch of RUSI(Qatar) is part of the Institute’s strategy to expand its defence and security research activities to key regions of the world.

RUSI is a British institution, but operates with an international perspective. It has amassed over the years an unequalled expertise in its field and an outstanding reputation for quality and objectivity. RUSI(Qatar) was opened with the invaluable support of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar.


The Agreement establishing RUSI(Qatar) was reached on 25 June 2007, and a Memorandum of Understanding signed by His Excellency Khalid Rashid Al-Hamoudi Al-Mansouri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar on behalf of the Government of the State of Qatar and by Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, the former Director of RUSI.

Upon concluding the Memorandum of Understanding Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, said "We have long recognized that the best way to pursue research activities is to be present in the region and engaged in direct dialogue with the main regional actors. Establishing a branch office in Doha is an historic step, showing that RUSI, though proud of its tradition and British heritage, is determined to remain at the cutting edge of the current security debate. We are most grateful to the Government of the State of Qatar for working with us on this initiative and we are convinced that it will succeed."

Signing on behalf of the State of Qatar, Ambassador Khalid Al-Mansouri stated "It is with great pleasure that I sign this agreement today with the renowned institute RUSI. Defence and security matters are of global concern and demand international cooperation in the interest of world peace and stability. This agreement can only enhance the good relations we enjoy with the United Kingdom."

RUSI(Qatar) formally launched its programme of activities during December 2007.

The processes of political change in the Gulf and broader Middle East, the role of external powers, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, collaborative security structures, defence procurement, counter-terrorism strategy, the conduct of diplomacy, and potential conflict scenarios, are all monitored on an ongoing basis.

RUSI Qatar also draws expertise from the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London – the world’s oldest defence and security think-tank – combining regional understanding with a depth of knowledge of military affairs and homeland security, to provide unique insight and authority. RUSI Qatar also draws on our broader network of academic contacts, through our RUSI US office, established in Washington D.C., and our RUSI Japan office in Tokyo.

Research Consultancy

RUSI Qatar is able to undertake a wide variety of commissioned research on various aspects of security in the Gulf and broader Middle East on behalf of companies, governments, institutions and individual clients. RUSI takes on only those tasks in which it has a clear competitive advantage in specialist knowledge, and takes great care to produce first class results. It can perhaps best provide either analysis from a different perspective for clients with their own in-house research teams or a niche service on specific subjects.

  • We are able to draw on our London  and a wide range of world class experts from the permanent staff across the Institute, as well as our global network of Associate Fellows in the defence and broad international security fields.
  • As the oldest research institute of its kind in the world, we are able to present objective, timely and impartial analysis.
  • We offer a totally confidential service, where each research task is undertaken so its results best meet the requirements of our clients.

The Institute's unique global network gives our research product an unparalleled pedigree.

Royal United Services Institute for Security and Defence Studies
Royal United Services Institute for Security and Defence Studies

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