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  Royal United Services Institute
April 2017 Issue 89 
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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

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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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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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  Royal United Services Institute November 2010   Issue 012  



National Security in the UK

With the terrorist threat still very high in the UK, RUSI hosted leading national security policymakers in November to outline developments in counter-terrorism and its implications for the future of British policing and the judicial system.

See also

RUSI research focus on terrorism

RUSI’s National Security and Resilience Department




Securing the Atlantic Alliance after Lisbon

There was hope for radical change at the NATO Lisbon Summit, with escalating tensions in Afghanistan and rapprochement with Russia high on the agenda. RUSI experts provided key analysis on NATO and Russia’s fraught relationship, Obama’s Lisbon Agenda and NATO New Strategic Concept.

NATO’s summit: Great on presentation, less good on substance
By Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director, International Security Studies Department, RUSI

See also:
A Twenty-first Century NATO: Obama’s Lisbon Agenda
Reforming NATO at the Lisbon Summit
NATO and Russia: Still a hesitant dialogue
NATO’s New Strategic Concept and Missile Defence

RUSI JOURNAL: A New Alliance for a New Century
NATO’s First Prime Minister: Rasmussen’s Leadership Surge

More: www.rusi.org/nato


On RUSI.org
More analysis on the defence and international security agenda

Tensions in Korea
Steadily increasing tensions between North and South Korea spiked after the artillery bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island on 23 November. RUSI analysts were in high demand for their analysis on the incident and on the forthcoming succession of Kim Jong-il.

WATCH: Korea Tensions: What next?
RUSI Newsbrief: Shifting Power in Pyongyang
Analysis: North Korea's Attack on Yeonpyeong Island

The Middle East
Should We Attack Iran to Halt its Perceived Nuclear Weapons Programme?

Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula: A Changing Strategy

A Coordinated Approach to Air Cargo Security is Urgently Needed

7/7 Inquest: Be Careful of Demanding the Impossible



Antony Beevor awarded RUSI's Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature

This year's prize was awarded to the acclaimed historian for his book, D-Day: The Battle for Normandy. The annual RUSI prize is awarded to an author who makes an original and notable contribution to the study of international and national security and defence.

Go to www.rusi.org/westminstermedal to watch an interview with Antony Beevor and further details about the book.

Remembering War>
To commemorate Remembrance Day, RUSI published a selection of special articles on remembrance and RUSI.org also went back through the archives to find RUSI Journal articles from the First World War.


A Question of Security:
The British Defence Review in an Age of Austerity
Edited by Michael Codner, with a Foreword by Lord Hutton of Furness

This collection of expertly researched chapters analyses all the major themes of the British defence and security review.

For those concerned with what the review means for foreign policy and defence, or those interested in the logic underlying the review, this is an indispensable volume. Contributors include Michael Clarke, Malcolm Chalmers, Hew Strachan, and more.

Pre-order the book


Secure your place at major international conferences next year

RUSI’s major policy conferences bring together leading academics, officials and businesses to assess and help shape the defence and security landscape.

Secure you place now and take advantage of discounted rates and pre-VAT price rises.

See upcoming conferences in 2011 here >


New RUSI Council formed

Following the Annual General Meeting of 25 November 2010, members of RUSI elected a newly constituted Council. Chaired by Lord Hutton of Furness , the Council elected Mr David Abrahams and Dr Alexander Mirtchev to join the RUSI Council as Vice Presidents.

Find out more here >


See also

RUSI in the News
Citations of RUSI experts, analysis and events in the global media from November 2010.

More >