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The 50th anniversary of the day that British troops first deployed to Northern Ireland offers an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Operation Banner, and whether the security forces contributed...Armed Forces, UK Counter-terrorism, RUSI Newsbrief, Tackling Extremism, UK, History, National Security, Terrorism
This year’s Annual Shangri-La Dialogue set the stage for confrontation between China and the US. The now former US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan launched Washington’s Indo-Pacific...China, European Union, International Security Studies, France, UK, Asia, Global Security Issues, International Institutions, Law and Ethics, Maritime Forces, Europe, Pacific
RUSI welcomes Adel al Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He arrives at a time of great tension between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran....
Jack Watling and Justin Bronk
This Occasional Paper provides an independent assessment of non-discretionary capabilities to enable the British Army's Strike concept to achieve its mission. It explores which vulnerabilities can be...Armed Forces, Occasional Papers, Global Strategy and Commitments, Military Sciences, UK, Land Forces, Land Operations, UK Defence
Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi talks to BBC News about the Iran Nuclear Deal. One year after the U.S. withdrew from the Iran Deal, Iran is looking to scale back its commitment.United States, Iran, Americas, Germany, International Security Studies, Russia, France, UK, Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Looking beyond the historical links between the UK and India, there are opportunities and reasons for the two to work together in the Indo-Pacific region.Civil–Military Relations, India, Global Strategy and Commitments, International Security Studies, UK, Global Security Issues, Maritime Forces, Pacific
Can the US offer enough financial incentives to North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, without discrediting the current sanctions regime? A way around the dilemma may exist. As President...North Korea, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Sanctions, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Pacific
Poland has improved its bilateral strategic links with the US by hosting an American-inspired conference on the future of the Middle East. But the conference did nothing to improve Western coherence.Iran's Nuclear Programme, United States, US Defence Policy, Iran, Israel, Global Security Issues, Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Engaging in open debate will be crucial for the UK Intelligence Community to gain public trust regarding the use of artificial intelligence for national security purposes.Cyber, Equipment and Acquisitions, National Security Studies, Cyber Security, UK, Information, Securing Britain, Intelligence, National Security, Technology, UK Defence
Andrei Kortunov and Malcolm Chalmers
No single power can ‘fix’ the current turmoil in the Middle East. Still, there may be scope for Russia–Europe cooperation in managing the region’s ills.Civil–Military Relations, RUSI International, UK-Russia Security Dialogue, Russia, Defence Management, Defence Policy, Global Security Issues, National Security, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, Resilience, Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Germany’s armed forces are beset by problems, and procurement difficulties are proving to be intractable.Defence, Industries and Society, Germany, Defence Management, Defence Policy, Military Personnel, Europe
The INF Treaty’s demise owes to not only Russian violations but also a fundamental shift in the way the current US administration and much of the Republican Party view arms control.United States, US Defence Policy, Americas, Russia, Global Security Issues, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Europe
A British naval presence in the South China Sea strengthens global security and Britain’s global role. But it must be matched with a more systematic approach to the region, and to China’s defiance of...China, Defence Policy, Global Security Issues, Maritime Forces, UK Defence, Pacific
Ojars Eriks Kalnins
The fact that the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia managed to establish, lose, and restore their sovereign statehood during the 20th Century is no guarantee they will be able to...Civil–Military Relations, Modern Deterrence, NATO
Western governments are shedding their inhibitions about naming and shaming states suspected of infiltrating their critical national infrastructure. This is a good step, but should be just the...Cyber, UK, Intelligence, Technology, Europe
RUSI experts Dr Peter Roberts, Dr Jonathan Eyal, Ewan Lawson, Michael Stephens and Justin Bronk discuss possible action against Syria in a week when the Assad regime is accused of using chemical...Tags:
Mike Stevens on a new study published by RUSI that tells the extraordinary story of how resistance activists and fighters in Mosul ‘punctured Daesh’s image of invincibility’ leading to the city’s...Tags: Iraq, Middle East and North Africa
As the US Army and British Army eye upgrades to their respective main battle tanks, the often-overlooked operator’s perspective calls for the focus to fall on maintainability in the field over incremental upgrades to firepower and survivabilityTags: United States, Land Forces
To further its ambitious agenda, the Somali terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab has dedicated substantial time and effort into polishing its unique brand.Tags: Horn of Africa, Tackling Extremism, African Union, Counterinsurgency, Terrorism
The Hanoi summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump came to no clear agreement on measures to limit North Korea’s nuclear programme. The two countries’ opposing positions and motives will make next steps challenging.Tags: United States, North Korea, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Will the construction of a 1200km fence along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border spark new confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to combatting cross-border terrorism?Tags: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Counterinsurgency, Global Security Issues
Five years on from their initial introduction, international sanctions on Russia have done little to alter the country’s behaviour on the international scene or domestically. As the sanctions continue to restrict foreign investment in Russia’s infrastructure, authorities are keen to promote the idea of megaprojects – large but often symbolic constructions – as a distraction from Russia’s economic constraints. However, in the long term this strategy may prove short-sighted, as it diverts government funds away from necessary social welfare projects that may increase public dissatisfaction in...Tags: Russia
The risk of nuclear war between India and Pakistan presents dangerous global implications and should be considered as a serious threat, particularly since Pakistan’s acquisition of the short-range Nasr missile. Quite apart from the enormous human cost, there would also be significant environmental and migratory consequences.Tags: Pakistan, India, UK, Indo-Pakistan Conflict, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Terrorism
The internet clearly matters to terrorists, but online content by itself rarely causes people to carry out terrorist attacks. Responses should therefore not be limited to the mass removal of terrorist content from online platforms.Tags: UK Counter-terrorism, Tackling Extremism, Information, Technology, Terrorism
Peter Roberts and Sidharth Kaushal
As missile defence becomes a central feature of many states’ security postures, it is attendant to frame the enterprise in a wider strategic context to understand its importance. The classic geopolitical dichotomy between Heartland and Rimland states outlined by Halford Mackinder and Nicholas Spykman might help us understand the geopolitical significance of global allied missile defences.Tags: Global Strategy and Commitments, Maritime Forces
Christian Nünlist reviews NATO’s Return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia, and Beyond, edited by Rebecca R Moore and Damon Coletta.Tags: NATO, Ukraine, Russia, Defence Policy, International Institutions, Europe
Cultural celebrity Zakhar Prilepin is a prominent voice in Russia’s militaristic popular discourse.Tags: Art, Culture and Literature, Russia, Europe
Breakfast Briefing: Intelligence Assessment and Policy Making - Lord Butler’s Lessons, Fifteen Years OnEvents, 4 December 2019
An exclusive breakfast briefing with Tim Dowse CMG, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI and former Intelligence Adviser to the UK Foreign Secretary.
An exclusive breakfast briefing with Emily Ferris, Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia, RUSI.
A lecture by Megan Butler, Director of Supervision – Investment, Wholesale and Specialist, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
An exclusive breakfast briefing with Lord Hogan-Howe QPM, Distinguished Fellow, RUSI and former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
A presentation by Elisabeth Braw, Associate Fellow, Modern Deterrence, RUSI, on the real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how East Germany’s notorious spy agency, the Stasi, infiltrated churches here...