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  Royal United Services Institute
February 2017 Issue 87
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Forthcoming Events
‘Our Most Dear Enemies’: UK-French relations since 1945
2 March

NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalising Collective Defence

6 March 

Supporting a Stable and Durable Regional Security Environment in North Africa
9 March

Disrupting Human Trafficking: A Role for Financial Institutions?

15 March

New Initiatives in Nuclear Disarmament
20 March

Full list of events >

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

Dear friends,

We were honoured this month to host the valedictory speeches of two leading figures in national security. David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation spoke about accountability in counterterrorism , while Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe reflected on his tenure as Metropolitan Police Commissioner .

I would like to congratulate his successor, Cressida Dick CBE QPM, who has made history by becoming the first woman Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. In 2014, then Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick spoke at RUSI when she was head of Specialist Operations at the Met.

RUSI has been analysing the fast-moving policy decisions and actions of President Donald Trump’s administration. Needless to say it has been a challenge! I debated the resignation of Michael Flynn on Channel 4 News and commented on US intelligence for Prospect magazine .

While Michael Flynn’s tenure as National Security Advisor has been mired in controversy, there has been optimism about his successor, General H.R. McMaster. RUSI Research Fellow Peter Quentin has written a profile on this ‘scholar-soldier’ for the Daily Telegraph . You can also watch a speech delivered at RUSI by General McMaster in 2015 .

All eyes were also on the Trump administration at the Munich Security Conference earlier in February, with keynote speeches from US Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis. I had the honour of attending, along with our Vice-Chairman Sir John Scarlett and other RUSI friends.

In considering other critical international security issues, RUSI’s International Sea Powers Conference explored the role of China in the Asia-Pacific region. RUSI’s recent Under-35’s forum also had the privilege of hosting the former Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas , who highlighted the cyber threat emanating from Russia.

These are just some of the highlights from the last month at the Institute. I am also pleased to inform you that His Grace the Duke of Wellington and General Sir Nicholas Houghton will be joining our board of Trustees . Along with the other Trustees, we are delighted to have such a distinguished group guiding and supporting the Institute. More details on RUSI’s governance structure can be found here.

Karin von Hippel
Director-General, RUSI

Watch: Lieutenant General H R McMaster speaking at the 2015 RUSI Land Warfare Conference. Watch here.

Read: HR McMaster is popular and Respected – that Doesn't mean Donald Trump Will Listen to Him

See latest analysis:

US–Russia relations: Is the Prospect of a Trump–Putin Reset Over?

Trump’s Response to North Korea’s Latest Missile Test

US Navy’s Unmanned Warfare Systems Office Went Swimmingly

Trump’s Asia Team is a Hawkish Work in Progress
This month defence ministers belonging to NATO countries met for the first time since Donald Trump was elected. Read background analysis on the Atlantic Alliance.

Hail Fellow Well Met: Mattis Meets NATO’S European Allies

Europe’s New Security Realities: Slovakia’s 2016 White Paper on Defence

Russia and Hungary: Best of Friends or a Serious Error?

Lee Rigby Tribute

RUSI Newsbrief is now available online to all RUSI members free of charge.

This issue of Newsbrief examines US special operations, non-proliferation efforts and the foreign fighter threat.

Published every two months, Newsbrief offers in-depth briefings on contemporary issues and trends in international security. Its balance of rigour and immediacy provides an intelligent response to unfolding world events.

India’s Space Programme Goes Sky High

In this article Elizabeth Quintana reviews the growth of the Indian Space Programme, their key areas of expansion and the gloabl impact that this could have.

Read the article now

Reconciling Active Protection Systems with the SDSR

James Shinnie considers the potential place of 'soft kill' capabilities within the armoured concepts outlined in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Read the article now

Organised Crime and Illicit Trade in Greece
On Tap

This Occasional Paper is the third in a series of five country-level papers on the role of organised crime groups in the illicit trade of tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals across Europe, focusing on Greece as a case study.  Access Occasional Paper

See also: Organised Crime and Illicit Trade

To watch the launch, please click here

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Commentary Online Now
Mind the Gap between Authoritarian Politics and Democratic Populism

The ‘Celestial Empire’ Looks to Space

Here for Good? The Financial Thin Blue Line

Romania’s Difficult Transition

China’s 500-Ship Navy Suddenly Appears on the Horizon

Recent Events
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM

On 14 February, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM spoke at RUSI on his tenure as the 26th Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and how policing in the future can change.

Watch the speech now

Watch also:

David Anderson QC on Accountability in Counter-Terrorism

Leading French official Philippe Errera on the French approach to defence and security after Trump and Brexit


New RUSI Programme to Fight Financial Crime Launched

 In February RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies unveiled the ‘Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing (FFIS)' programme. Working with NJM Advisory, this is an initiative to support the implementation of information-sharing public–private partnerships in several key jurisdictions.

Find out more >

Duke of Wellington and General Sir Nicholas Houghton to become Trustees of RUSI

RUSI is delighted to announce the appointment of His Grace the Duke of Wellington OBE DL and General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC as new trustees. Find out more >

Survey on Foreign Policy Attitudes

Researchers at the University of Exeter, in collaboration with RUSI, are conducting a survey on foreign policy experts view international affairs and important matters facing the United Kingdom.
For more details of the survey, Survey and more information

RUSI in the News
In February RUSI experts spoke on a range of issues including on Iran, China in Afghanistan, the alleged VX attack against Kim Jong-Nam, UK defence spending, and funding ISIS fighters.

For more RUSI in the News, click here.

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