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  Royal United Services Institute
April 2017 Issue 89 
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Forthcoming Events
Brussels Panel Debate on the Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing
4 May 

Book Launch - Rebel Law: Insurgents, Courts and Justice in Modern Conflict
4 May

The Annual Kermit Roosevelt Lecture 2017

11 May

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 15th Annual Conference
24 May

Full list of events >

A Message from
Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, RUSI

Dear friends,

As the campaign for the UK general election on 8 June gains momentum, RUSI aims to lead the field in providing non-partisan expert analysis of the main defence and security issues. The election may bring to the fore the challenges each party faces in approaching defence and security: be they Labour divisions over nuclear weapons, Conservatives seeking greater flexibility for managing an overstretched Ministry of Defence budget and growing discussion on the possibility (whoever wins) of bringing forward the date of the next SDSR. All these issues will be the subject of a programme of election-related events and publications. Details including background information will be available at www.rusi.org/generalelection2017.

This month, we were delighted to host Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of Microsoft. Mr Gates chose the RUSI podium to make an important intervention in the public conversation on aid and security. Days after his lecture, and after much public debate, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the government would continue to support the 0.7% international aid target. As attention now turns to improving the quality of aid, RUSI’s work on this subject has been given added relevance.

This month marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. I was on Sky News earlier today to assess his performance. Mr Trump’s first few months in office have certainly been eventful. Most notably, the US launched an air strike against Syrian airbases following the Assad regime's chemical attack on civilians. I discussed Trump’s policy in Syria just prior to the strike on Channel 4 News. In neighbouring Iraq, ISIS continues to be squeezed out of Mosul, but the group will likely reassemble elsewhere. I raised the issue in an article for the Financial Times earlier this month.

Last week, we were honoured to screen the documentary film, Letters from Baghdad, the day before its UK release, followed by an excellent panel discussion with the film directors and distinguished experts. You can watch the panel discussion here. We were also pleased to host Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Ambassador Sarah MacIntosh, the UK’s representative to NATO and a visiting delegation of Iranian security experts to discuss the relations between Iran and the West.

Karin von Hippel
Director-General, RUSI

Bill Gates at RUSI
Bill Gates at RUSI

RUSI was delighted to host Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

Watch speech >

General Election 2017

Watch: The UK General Election 2017 - Initial Reaction
RUSI Deputy Director-General Professor Malcolm Chalmers and Associate Director Dr Jonathan Eyal discuss the news that there will be a general election on 8 June 2017.

Background and further coverage here: www.rusi.org/generalelection2017

Change in Europe

Watch: RUSI Under 35s Forum - Brexit and the European Elections
Presentations by HE Mr Simon Smits, Dutch Ambassador to the UK, and Ms Sophia Besch Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform

Latest Commentary:

France’s First-Round Presidential Vote: A Badly Baked Political Soufflé Collapses
By Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, RUSI

Amber Rudd at RUSI

To celebrate the release of Letters from Baghdad, RUSI hosted a panel discussion featuring the co-directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, chaired by Jane Marriott, Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.

To watch the event, click here.

Amber Rudd at RUSI

In April, RUSI hosted a book launch for Contemporary Turkey in Conflict followed by a panel discussion between the author, Professor Tahir Abbas,  Bill Park, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Defence Studies, King’s College London, and Dr Mohammed Elshimi, Research Analyst at RUSI.

To watch the event, click here.

Latest Publications
Disrupting Human Trafficking

This month's RUSI Journal examines the changing nature of, and new approaches to, war.

The Journal includes articles on the way war is changing, how NATO can prepare for new Russian maritime threats and the ideas behind Moscow's 'hybrid' warfare.

To read the RUSI Journal, click here

Disrupting Human Trafficking

The latest RUSI Newsbrief includes analysis of the impact of Brexit on the UK's sanctions regime, the role of technology in policing and Trump's view of UN Peacekeeping.

To read RUSI Newsbrief, click here

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Behind the Headlines
Defining Dialogue: How to Manage Russia–UK Security Relations
This conference report summarises the discussions at two bilateral meetings held in London and Moscow between experts from the UK and Russia.

Why Boris Johnson Cancelled His Trip to Moscow
By Sarah Lain, Research Fellow, RUSI

After St Petersburg: Russia and the Threat from Central Asian Terror Networks
By Cerwyn Moore, PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham, and Mark Youngman, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Birmingham

Watch: North Korea's Latest Failed Missile Tests Escalates Tensions
By Cristina Varriale, Research Analyst, RUSI

See also:
North Korea: a high-stakes game of chicken

Would Donald Trump actually attack North Korea?

Taking Stock: Does the Borussia Dortmund Bus Bombing Open a New CTF Front?

Donald Trump's 'East Asianisation' of Europe

FinTech and Financial Crime: An Opportunity Not to be Wasted

Niger and the Fight Against Violent Extremism in the Sahel

Banking on Brexit: The Urgent Need to Address ‘De-Risking’

Trump’s Tomahawks: Are We Seeing the Emergence of a New Doctrine?

Central Asia: A Nuclear–Terrorism Nexus?

Going to War With Spain: The Latest Episode in a Whitehall Farce

Strengthening Resilience against Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa (STRIVE)
STRIVE - Lessons Learned Report

STRIVE is a RUSI research project created to better understand the violent extremist environment.

The project is undertaken with the EU to strengthen societal and individual resilience to violent extremism in Kenya and Somalia.

Find out more about the project >

Latest report: Lessons Learned


Research Analyst/Research Fellow, Serious and Organised Crime

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Editorial Assistant, Publications

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ISS Summer Research Internship

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Publications Internship

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RUSI in the News
In April RUSI experts spoke on a range of issues, including on Europol, Drones, the MOAB, Russia in Syria and the St Petersburg attack.

For more RUSI in the News, click here.

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Can the future Royal Navy maintain national security?

This month’s Journal examines current British national strategy, asking whether we have the right foundation for the current defence review. Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham and Professor Gwyn Prins claim that the Royal Navy is dangerously weak, risking the silent principles of the UK's national security unless the future fleet is restored and adequately sized.

Neville Bolt argues that the ‘Afghan War Log’ is a symptom not a cause of Western government’s inability to cope in the digital information age.

As American troops embark on their final drawdown in Iraq, David-Strachan Morris asks whether Iraqi security forces can cope on their own in the face of Al-Qa’ida’s possible resurgence.

Read the latest Journal here



Reforming Defence:
Learning the lessons from past Defence Reviews

With the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review currently underway, RUSI.org considers the effects of previous British Defence Reviews. This series observes the results of differing strategies, drawing out the lessons which can be learned and applied to contemporary defence policies.

As this series of Military History and Policy articles makes clear, such considerations highlight the degree of continuity with many previous defence reviews.

Read the series >


Preparing for Peace
Britain's Contribution and Capabilities
Whitehall Paper No. 74

Written by Richard Teuten and Daniel Korski, both formerly of the UK’s Stabilisation Unit, this latest Whitehall Paper assesses Britain’s ability to meet its commitment to conflict prevention and long-term stabilisation in today’s failed states. Identifying a mismatch between ambitions and resources, the paper includes recommendations for change and considerations for the future.

WATCH Richard Teuten and Daniel Korski introduce the paper >

RUSI members will receive Whitehall Paper 74 by post. To become a member visit http://www.rusi.org/membership

To purchase a copy order direct from Taylor and Francis at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/spissue/rwhi-si6.asp

Attend the launch event on 24 September


NATO and Nuclear Weapons:
Is a New Consensus Possible?

NATO must now consider ways in which it can reach a practical consensus over its nuclear policy, with a greater understanding of the current security environment in which it must operate.

Facing the question of whether the maintenance of a nuclear force truly reflects the threats NATO currently faces, Alliance leaders in 2009 called for the drafting of a new Strategic Concept, setting out the fundamental purpose, tasks and strategy of NATO.
This paper is intended to assist discussions of the Concept, which will be held at the Lisbon Summit between the 19 and 21 September, by identifying seven key propositions around which a consensus could develop.

Access the paper >


Senior transatlantic policymakers to speak at major RUSI conference

Global Leadership Forum 2010


With a new Government in Whitehall and defence reviews on both sides of the ocean, the annual Global Leadership Forum offers a unique opportunity to renew the transatlantic security partnership and forge common approaches to global challenges.

Speakers include:
Ambassador Ivo Daalder, United States Permanent Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, who will deliver a major pre-Lisbon Summit speech,‘The House that NATO Built’

Sir John Scarlett, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI, and Former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

Professor G John Ikenberry, Albert G Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

More: www.rusi.org/globalleadershipforum/

See also:
Do the US and UK share the same level of commitment to NATO?
Remarks by Professor Christopher Coker


From RUSI.org

Conclusion of US Combat Mission in Iraq: Beginning of the End, or End of the Beginning?
By Mina al-Oraibi

Iran: Dawn of Nuclear Age Breaks Over Bushehr
By Mark Thomas

UK Defence
How will the defence services be reformed?
Watch RUSI’s Michael Codner response to the UK Defence Secretary’s recent announcements

Many questions remain about the direction of UK defence reform
By Professor Trevor Taylor

Can we afford to renew Trident?
Watch RUSI’s Malcolm Chalmers respond to the Treasury announcement that the Trident budget will not be ring-fenced.


The 2010 Monsoon Flooding in South Asia: A Major Test of Resilience

Controlling cyberspace: the real issue at the heart of UAE vs RIM

Growing Tension in East Asia