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Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), speaks with influencers and puts their careers 'in context'.

Episode 13: Sir John Scarlett

In this episode Karin talks to Sir John Scarlett about his career in the British Secret Intelligence Service, including his time as Chief. They discuss the collapse of the Soviet Union, 9/11 and even green ink, among other issues!

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Episode 12: Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

This episode Karin sits down with the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. A Labour politician who was both the 10th Secretary General of NATO and the Secretary of State for Defence.

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Episode 11: Jane Marriott OBE

Recently appointed as the new UK High Commissioner to Nairobi, Jane Marriott joins Karin for the In Context podcast to discuss her varied career, including working in hot spots such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Yemen and her service as Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.

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Episode 10: Lord Ricketts

Karin talks to Lord Ricketts, former Senior Diplomat and Life Peer. Lord Ricketts talks about his time in the Foreign Office, working in London, New York, Paris. and Hong Kong. He went on to serve as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and established the National Security Council.

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Episode 9: Alexander Downer

Karin talks to Alexander Downer, Australia’s longest serving Minister for Foreign Affairs and former leader of the Liberal Party. He shares his views on Brexit, Iraq and international trade as well as opening up on how his secret meeting with the F.B.I sparked the Trump — Russia inquiry.

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Episode 8: Janice Charette

Karin talks to Janice Charette. Her Excellency Ms Janice Charette is High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and is the Permanent Representative of Canada to the International Maritime Organisation. She was the second woman in Canadian history to serve as Clerk of the Privy Council, the highest non-elected office in Canada. Two years ago she came here to London to become High Commissioner.

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Episode 7: General the Lord Houghton of Richmod

General the Lord Houghton of Richmond spent over four decades in the British Army, including tours in Ireland and Iraq, with his last appointment being the military’s highest as Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). In this episode Lord Houghton shares his insights about UK defence, populism, his long career in the military, and his role as the Constable of the Tower of London, following (not too closely) in the footsteps of RUSI’s founder, the Duke of Wellington!

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Episode 6: Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is a major figure in UK defence and security, having served as defence secretary, foreign secretary and most recently as chair of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Sir Malcolm talks to Karin about his career under Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

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Episode 5: Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing has spent his career breaking news: in this episode he and Karin sit down and explore some of the most incredible stories Nik has reported on. His new book, ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’, tackles the conformity of the political system.

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Episode 4: Kori Schake

Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI speaks to Kori Schake, Deputy-Director General of the IISS. They discuss Kori’s role in US politics: from the Pentagon to the State Department and onwards as a senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign.

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Episode 3: Mona Juul

Karin talks to Mona Juul, a diplomat and current Norwegian Ambassador to the UK who, along with her husband, played a key role in the Oslo Accords, the landmark agreement that attempted to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was dramatised in a widely-praised Broadway play.

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Episode 2: Baroness Catherine Ashton

This time Karin von Hippel talks to the European Union’s former foreign policy chief, Baroness Cathy Ashton. We’ll be talking about the EU, the Iran Deal and... Daleks.

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Episode 1: Chris DiBona

For the first In Context podcast, RUSI Director-General Dr Karin von Hippel talks to Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source at Google. Chris has witnessed the rise of one of the biggest tech firms on the planet that is making an impact on everyday life. Chris shares with us his assessment on digital security, privacy and hacking.

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Contacts

Dr Karin von Hippel
Director-General