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  Royal United Services Institute June 2011   Issue 019  
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1831-2011: 180 Years of Defence and Security Thinking

The Royal United Services Institute has been at the heart of military and security thinking for 180 years. The Duke of Wellington (pictured above) established RUSI in 1831 and some of the most influential thinkers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries worked and spoke at RUSI.

RUSI has been at the centre of defence and security policy-making and thinking throughout the zenith and transformation of the British Empire, two world wars, the Cold War and now the ‘new disorder’ of the contemporary world.

Video: RUSI's contribution to global securityVideo: RUSI’s contribution to global security

As we continue to celebrate our anniversary this month, a special video explores RUSI’s impact and its role in today’s uncertain security environment. Leading policymakers and commentators including General Sir David Richards, Professor Sir Michael Howard and Channel 4 News Presenter Jon Snow offer their perspectives on RUSI’s contribution to our defence and security thinking.


Between Peace and War: A history of RUSIBetween Peace and War
British Defence and the Royal United Services Institute, 1831-2010

A new history of RUSI examines its unique place in the history of British defence, and the conflicts fought both overseas and in the halls of government.

A history of the Institute is a history of British defence thinking and the many fierce – and sometimes surprising – debates that raged in public and behind the closed doors of government and military.

Between Peace and War offers a lively and insightful survey of this extraordinary period of British and international history, through the lens of an institution that both reflected and shaped the unfolding British approach to a changing, and often dangerous, world.


RUSI Journal June/July 2011
RUSI Journal, June/July 2011
The latest edition of the RUSI Journal includes a focus on military science and literature to reflect RUSI's founding principles as it celebrates 180 years.

Also in this issue, George Joffe explores the seeds of Libya's civil war, Nick Carter and Alexander Alderson consider the contribution partnering and mentoring could make to future stabilisation operations, and Nathan Mugisha assesses the progress of the AMISOM mission in Somalia.



More RUSI News

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh
NATO Secretary General at RUSI
Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke at RUSI's Missile Defence Conference on 15 June 2011. The NATO Secretary General highlighted the importance of co-operation in missile defence and urged the Russians to work with NATO towards a joint effort.

Watch and read text of speech >

General Martin DempseyGeneral Martin Dempsey
General Dempsey, Chief of Staff, US Army and President Obama’s nominee for the next US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2011. In his speech,  General Dempsey said that US armed forces must adapt to an uncertain world that made possible the rapid spread of Arab revolutions in spring 2011 and the death of Osama bin Laden. 

Watch speech >


ALSO on RUSI.org 

Sir Rodric Braithwaite on Afgantsy
Duke of Wesminster's Medal for Military Literature

The winner of RUSI's annual literature award for 2011 is Sir Rodric Braithwaite for his book, Afgantsy - The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-1988.

Watch interview with author and buy the book >

The Security Implications of Scottish independence
With Britain's nuclear arsenal located largely in Scotland, policymakers must now consider what independence would entail for the security of the United Kingdom.

Assessing the Prevent Strategy
How effective is the Prevent strand of the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy?

Clear plan or muddled thinking?

The problem of universities

The Middle East

Yemen and the Threat of Terrorism
As events in Yemen are coming to an all too violent and bloody head, it is essential to examine the long-term implications of an increasingly unstable Yemen for both regional and Western security

Syrian Unrest: Lasting Consequences
Bashar Al-Assad's days are numbered, but his departure will not see the end to the challenges facing Syria. What must the West prepare for after Al-Assad?

Un-strategic Victory in Libya
Operational success in Libya appears to be close for anti-Qadhafi rebels and their international military backers. But victory will bring the NATO powers little direct strategic benefit. Grateful for success, we should nevertheless be careful how we interpret it and understand the limitations of success for the West and the wider policy implications for the Middle East.