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Dr Karin von Hippel becomes new RUSI Director-General

News, 30 November 2015
On 30 November 2015, Dr Karin von Hippel becomes the next Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest defence and security think tank.

Dr von Hippel becomes the first woman and non-British national to lead the organisation and the second civilian to occupy the Director-General’s chair.

Karin von Hippel joins RUSI after recently serving as Chief of Staff to General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL.

Karin has also worked as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the US Department of State. Prior to that, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and at the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London. She has also worked for the United Nations and the European Union in Somalia and Kosovo.

Dr von Hippel has numerous publications to her name, including Democracy by Force: US Military Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (2000), which was short-listed for the RUSI Westminster Medal in Military History. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, an MA from Oxford University, and a BA from Yale University.

RUSI.org/KarinvonHippel

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