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RUSI Receives Largest Philanthropic Donations to Date in Support of the Redevelopment of its Historic HeadquartersNews, 15 November 2019
RUSI is delighted to announce two substantial donations towards its appeal for 61 Whitehall, the Institute’s iconic home opposite Downing Street, in the heart of the capital. The gifts are the...
How NATO member states can develop societal resilience to combat modern threats.Modern Deterrence, NATO, RUSI Newsbrief, Resilience
Their differences notwithstanding, the UK and Russia could cooperate in Africa.Russia, UK, Global Security Issues, Africa
Although the UK government will face a full agenda in the immediate aftermath of the general election, a high priority must be confirmation of its intent to undertake a strategic defence and security...Armed Forces, Defence Spending, Defence, Industries and Society, UK
This paper examines the criminal involvement in some online gambling activities.Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, AML/CTF, Occasional Papers, Financial Crime 2.0, Organised Crime, Technology
A proposal by the incoming president of the Financial Action Task Force presents an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the illegal wildlife trade by hitting at its main driver: financial gain.Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, AML/CTF, Organised Crime
Amal El Ouassif
The global migration problem cannot be wished away; it has to be managed. Morocco provides an example of how responsibility for migration management can be handled by African states.European Union, Global Security Issues, Europe, Africa
Peter Roberts and Seth Newkirk
Regardless of how difficult Erdogan’s Turkey may now be, it is a key state in NATO and must be treated as such.Turkey, United States, US Defence Policy, NATO, Americas, Military Sciences, Defence Policy, International Institutions, Europe
A move to extinguish the territory’s autonomy may play well with voters in India but is unlikely to improve regional security.India, International Security Studies, Asia, Global Security Issues, Law and Ethics, Central and South Asia
This article considers how to increase societal and governmental resilience in the UK to reduce the impact of an attack, whatever its nature.Modern Deterrence, Defence Management, UK, National Security, Resilience, UK Defence
But decapitating a terrorist organisation is not proven to result in a lower threat from terrorism.Tackling Extremism, The decade after 9/11, International Security Studies, Counterinsurgency, Terrorism, The War on Terror, Al-Qa'ida, Terrorism
China’s latest defence white paper repeats many concepts already known but does include a number of interesting novelties.China, Global Strategy and Commitments, International Security Studies, Defence Policy, Asia, Global Security Issues, Land Forces, Maritime Forces, Military Personnel, UK Defence
The UK has recently announced a number of new military space initiatives, showing that it is taking this strategic environment seriously. While these are welcome developments, questions persist over...Aerospace, Air Power and Technology, United States, Defence Spending, Equipment and Acquisitions, UK Defence Policy, Military Sciences, Defence Management, Defence Policy, UK, Technology, UK Defence
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...Tags:
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...Tags:
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’,...Tags:
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...Tags:
In this RUSI Analysis podcast, Dr Emma De Angelis interviews Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London; Catriona Pennell, Associate Professor of...Tags:
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...Tags:
After reports that the USA may with from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director General of the Royal United Services Institute speaks to BBC news...Tags: United States, Russia, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Tom Keatinge and Kayla Izenman
Banks, guardians of the integrity of the financial system, cannot hide from the risks posed by cryptocurrencies; they must learn to move on from a poor strategy of avoidance and de-risking.Tags: AML/CTF
Through his clampdown on corruption, dissent and relative freedoms, Chinese President Xi Jinping has alienated various groups within society. However, in the absence of a serious economic downturn and a rift within the Party’s leadership, discontent is unlikely to unseat him for the foreseeable future.Tags: China, Global Security Issues, Intelligence, Technology
The US Army’s Future Vertical Lift programme is premised on an obsolete concept of employment. The helicopter will continue to be a critical tool in warfare, but like the horse in the Second World War, its place on the modern battlefield is as a beast of burdenTags: Land Forces
If lethal autonomous weapons systems are to be used in war, a moral framework to guide their ethical use is warranted. Despite the limitations it may pose on their capabilities, a rules-based moral framework is the best approach given the current state of technology.Tags: Law and Ethics, Technology
Ordinary citizens in Western countries are under-prepared to deal with extended disruptions to power or the internet. To strengthen resilience to greyzone attacks, societies should start stress testing themselves.Tags:
Russia’s first UCAV prototype marks a milestone for the country’s troubled efforts to field truly modern airpower capabilities, and should also be a wakeup call to NATO Allies still publicly opposed to or unconvinced by the need for Western UCAVs to be part of future capability plansTags:
Concern over the political rise of former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is misplaced. The military’s role in Israeli politics has always served to reinforce democratic values, not erode them.Tags: Civil–Military Relations, Israel, Global Security Issues
The Gathering Storm: As the Baltic States Prepare to Disconnect from the Russian Power Grid, the Kremlin is Ready to ‘Help’RUSI Newsbrief, 2 August 2019
With the Baltic states on-track to become independent from centralised Russian control over their power networks, the Kremlin has demonstrated an alarming potential to disconnect them from its power grid before they are ready to join the continental European network.Tags: Russia, Global Security Issues
Ageing railways, poor-quality roads and an inadequate response by the authorities to calls for basic services are the weak underbelly of the Russian infrastructure system.Tags: Russia, Domestic Security, Global Security Issues
An exclusive breakfast briefing with Dr Jack Watling, Research Fellow in Land Warfare, RUSI.
An exclusive breakfast briefing with Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI.
An exclusive breakfast briefing with The Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL, Distinguished Fellow, RUSI and former Director General of the British Security Service (MI5).
A lecture by Professor John Bourne, Honorary Professor of First World War Studies, University of Wolverhampton.
A lecture by Professor Azar Gat, Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security, Tel Aviv University, on whether war has really been declining and, if so, why.