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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
Ukraine’s decision to impose martial law in parts of its territory in the wake of the latest Russian military provocation is not helpful and does not answer Ukraine’s strategic weaknesses.Civil–Military Relations, Ukraine, Military Sciences, Defence Management, Defence Policy, Martial Power Programme, Law and Ethics, Military Personnel, National Security
An off-the-cuff and not very productive German proposal has revived an older debate about France’s role and status in the world, as well as the measures which should be taken to enhance Europe’s...Leadership Centre, RUSI International, United Nations, Germany, European Union, Global Strategy and Commitments, France, Global Security Issues, International Institutions
The suspension of US–South Korean military exercises is a vital step in the broader effort to build confidence on the Korean peninsula.Armed Forces, United States, North Korea, UK Project on Nuclear Issues, Global Strategy and Commitments, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Defence Policy, Asia, Global Security Issues, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Pacific
The British Army’s experience with outsourcing its recruitment to a commercial firm is not going well.Armed Forces, Defence Spending, Military Sciences, Defence Management, UK, Securing Britain, Land Forces, Land Operations, Military Personnel, UK Defence
Ukraine’s current predicament is a reminder of how Western governments have failed to anchor the country in existing security structuresUkraine, International Security Studies, Russia, Global Security Issues, History
The detention of a chief Huawei executive has spotlighted yet again a controversial Chinese technology giant, and may be a harbinger of stronger international pressure on the company.China, Cyber, National Security Studies, Cyber Security, UK, Asia, Global Security Issues, Information, Intelligence, Law and Ethics, National Security, Technology
Juliana Suess and Tobias Borck
The meteoric rise of what used to be a single-issue party has the potential to transform Germany’s politics and international posture just as much as the forthcoming election of a new Chancellor.Leadership Centre, Germany, Defence Policy, Global Security Issues, Law and Ethics
The Future Security Partnership with the EU keeps options open for future security cooperation – but the UK will have to decide how much sovereignty it is prepared to give up to maintain current...Brexit Briefings, National Security Studies, European Union, UK Defence Policy, UK, National Security, UK Defence, Europe
Tom Keatinge and Olivier Kraft discuss developments and challenges in fighting financial crime in 2018.Tags: Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, AML/CTF
Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi outlines priorities for analysts will be to understand the impact and unpredictability of US policy in the Middle East.Tags: Iran, International Security Studies, Middle East and North Africa
Tom Plant, Director of RUSI's Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme discusses the prospects for the Nuclear Ban treaty in 2018Tags: Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
RUSI Senior Research Fellow Emily Winterbotham examines the new US strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia announced by President Trump on 21 August 2017.Tags: Pakistan, US Defence Policy, Afghanistan, International Security Studies, Terrorism, Global Security Issues, Land Operations, Central and South Asia
Can the success of the peace process in Bougainville offer useful lessons for similar situations?Tags: Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, Pacific
Katherine E Brown
The mass repatriation of women who had joined Daesh in Iraq and Syria poses difficult logistical, as well as moral, considerations for the UK. Rather than relying on gendered assumptions about their motives and participation, the response must be in line with the UK’s human rights commitments and focus on sustainable outcomes.Tags: UK Counter-terrorism, Tackling Extremism, UK, Domestic Security, National Security
Now that Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated power within the Chinese Communist Party, the expectation is that he will turn his gaze to serious reform efforts needed to sustain the country’s rise. Changing an economic and social system described by Chinese leaders as ‘unsustainable’ without provoking instability – to be accomplished with the Party managing to stay in power and outrun problems of debt, demography, and water scarcity – will prove to be quite the challenge.Tags: China, Global Security Issues
The mass internment of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs in supposed ‘re-education’ facilities as a means of combatting violent extremism suggests that Beijing lacks confidence in the effectiveness of its intelligence architecture, and by extension, its capacity to identify and eliminate actual terrorist threats.Tags: China, Counterinsurgency, Intelligence, Technology, Terrorism
Small Parcels, Big Risks: The Forgotten Security Dimensions of the EU’s Digital Single Market StrategyRUSI Newsbrief, 13 December 2018
E-commerce and cross-border delivery services within the EU are about to become more competitive, as new regulations introduced by the European Commission will permit a consumer in France to purchase a Gucci handbag from the company’s Romanian website with greater ease. While consumers are likely to rejoice at renewed efforts to harmonise prices across the single market, organised crime groups reliant on the postal system to traffic illicit goods are also likely to benefit.Tags: European Union, Organised Crime, Europe
Gill Bennett reviews The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, by Ben MacintyreTags: Russia, UK
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...