The study of UK defence policy has always been central to RUSI's work. It remains one of the largest elements in the Institute's research programme and has set the parameters of debate on pressing defence issues.
Unlike the United States, British military operations in Iraq have not been extended into Syria. This distinction may not make sense at an operational level, but it reflects continuing uncertainty as to the direction of US policy towards the Assad regime
This week, UK Armed Forces formally ended combat operations in Helmand. British troops return from Afghanistan not with a victory, but a score draw away from home; a job well done in unpropitious circumstances.
A reassessment of the concepts and structures guiding the high-level management of British defence raises questions over single-service freedoms, defence acquisiion and the role of the private sector in defence