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  Royal United Services Institute
April 2017 Issue 89 
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4 May 

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24 May

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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.

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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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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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RUSI’s experts assess the operation that led to the death of Bin Laden: what consequences will his demise have on counter-terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The Death of Bin Laden: analysing the implications WATCH VIDEO

Concluding Chapter One to an ongoing story

Hunting Bin Laden: Easy Operation as a result of Hard Intelligence

The Pakistan Factor

Pakistan faces the music

The implications of the Karachi revenge attack

From the RUSI Journal archives: I am Osama Bin Laden - A Strategic Challenge to the West

Anatomy of a Terrorist Attack
What the Coroner's Inquests Revealed About the London Bombings
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The RUSI Journal welcomes submissions on a rolling basis. In particular, we invite unpublished papers on the legacy of 9/11 and the geopolitics of the last ten years for our August/September edition. 
The deadline is Friday 10 June 2011. More >


If the Bombs Go: European Perspectives on NATO’s Nuclear Debate
Edited by Malcolm Chalmers and Andrew Somerville

This Whitehall Report analyses the issues that could arise if US nuclear weapons were removed from Europe. The paper examines how NATO’s numerous internal and external assurance and deterrence relationships might be altered. Seven authors from the region explore potential developments of nuclear consultation, contingency plans and missile defence infrastructure required to address the security needs of NATO members.
Download >

Exercise Agile Warrior and the future development of UK Land Forces
By Mark Phillips

This Occasional Paper examines the British Army's initiative to develop an evidence base for future decisions on the development of land forces. The paper reviews the emerging findings of the army's process of experimentation and operational analysis.
Download >

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International Security

The Arrest of Ratko Mladic in Serbia

Assessing Mladic's arrest
Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies, RUSI, assesses the impact of the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Serbian general accused of war crimes in the Balkans. What will this mean for the region and for Serbia's hopes for accession to the European Union?

Two Cheers for Mladic's arrest
Mladic's possible trial and sentencing may be only a fleeting palliative for his biggest victim: a united, multi-ethnic Bosnia.

Putting the Arctic Boom on Ice: Proceedings of RUSI Arctic Roundtable

On 12 May 2011, foreign ministers from the eight Arctic countries participated in the seventh summit of the Arctic Council, an organisation initially forged to secure agreed environmental standards for the region. Now, amid growing interest in the opportunities and challenges energy resources and sea lines of communication present, the Council must reform to meet the interests of global demand.

Transatlantic Relations

Obama's UK Speech: A Strategic Challenge for Europe?

Behind his warm and effusive speech to the great and the good in Parliament, President Obama laid out a subtle but serious challenge to Europe's leaders. Europe, and by extension the UK, will be further down America's foreign policy priorities unless Europe is willing to step up as a truly global partner.

Middle East

Libya: three scenarios and settlement

The balance of power in Libya does not permit a decisive victory for regime or rebels. A settlement must either reflect this fact, or give way to renewed fighting.

Popular Uprising in Syria: Beware of the Henchmen from Within

Syria is experiencing unremitting instability and a standoff between protestors and the regime. This is set to continue with a combination of piecemeal reforms and more violence. However, internal challenges to the regime should not be ruled out.

The Obama Middle East Speech and Israel's Reaction

For Israeli policymakers, President Obama's major Middle East speech on 19 May 2011 has been met with alarm. An American president has for the first time broken with the traditional US approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

The GCC's anti-revolutionary expansion

With its thirtieth anniversary in May, the Gulf Co-operation Council is proposing to expand by incorporating Morocco and Jordan. The unlikely inclusion is more a response and a challenge to the revolutionary impulses of the Arab Spring than it is towards regional coherence.

Why did Russia opt for liquid-fuel in its next generation ICBMs?

Russia is enhancing strategic nuclear capabilities to meet its psychological and military objective of remaining a superpower. The credibility of Russia's nuclear arsenal - and its potential equality with that of the US - remains one of the Kremlin's key political aims.

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