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  Royal United Services Institute
May 2016 Issue 78
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Forthcoming Events
UK Defence Policy and the EU: The Choice Facing the Electorate
6 June

China and the United States in 21st Century Asia
6 June

The challenges facing the United Nations: A speech by Vesna Pusić
7 June

In Conversation with former US Defense Secretary and CIA Director Robert Gates
7 June

The Media and the European Union Debate: Bystanders or Ringleaders?
8 June

General Robert E. Lee: A Study in Leadership
13 June

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

Dear friends,

RUSI highlights from the month of May include a visit to Japan, welcoming several international leaders from Central Asia and the Middle East to RUSI, and hosting events on UK defence and the EU Referendum.

In mid-May, I had the pleasure of leading a delegation to Tokyo to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese defence and security officials. RUSI’s delegation, which included Associate Director Dr Jonathan Eyal and Director of RUSI Japan Dr Chiaki Akimoto, discussed UK–Japan relations and international security dynamics. We also held discussions in anticipation of the 3rd RUSI Security Dialogue, which will be held in Tokyo late Autumn 2016 so as to coincide with the first UK-Japan joint air exercise. The UK’s expanding relationship with Japan will bolster security in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and RUSI has played an active role in shaping the debate about the nature of this relationship.

While in Tokyo, Jonathan and I also gave a seminar on global efforts to counter Daesh for the policy community, and we briefed Japanese journalists on relevant security and defence issues. We also discussed the recently published (early May) Daesh database which Sky News shared with RUSI: RUSI’s analysis of the leaked recruitment files revealed important details about how Daesh administers its territory, how it recruits individuals and what it has learned from organisations such as Al-Qa’ida.

This month RUSI also upheld its role as the podium of choice for leading international figures, with speakers including HE President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, and HRH Prince Turki al Faisal, former Saudi Ambassador to the UK and the US, who gave lectures on the challenges facing their respective regions.

RUSI also hosted Mr Tomasz Szatkowski, Poland’s Under-Secretary of State for Defence, who briefed RUSI Members on Polish defence considerations ahead of the NATO Warsaw Summit in July. The question of Eastern European security is likely to be at the heart of the discussions in Warsaw as NATO debates how it should react to a resurgent and revanchist Russia. As part of its work in the former Soviet space, RUSI partnered with Georgia’s Ministry of Defence to lead the discussion on the challenges of hybrid warfare 10th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference held in Tbilisi.

RUSI’s reputation for leading cutting-edge research programmes will be enhanced by a new research initiative to examine the military covenant, a pact between the military and broader society. In collaboration with the Nationwide Building Society, RUSI will look at the application and enforcement of  covenants covering the corporate, military and community sectors since the scheme was launched in 2012.

Finally, with less than a month to go until the EU Referendum, RUSI hosted Sir Simon Fraser, Former Permanent Under-Secretary of State and Head of the Diplomatic Service, who spoke on the potential impact of Brexit and its likely diplomatic consequences. Three commentaries are available on the RUSI website and featured in the forthcoming RUSI Journal — on the current EU debate: Professor Sir Michael Howard details how the referendum fits into the long history of the UK’s relationship with mainland Europe; the Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP argues that the EU is a threat to peace; while Professor Christopher Coker argues that a Brexit would leave the EU weakened, benefiting Russia and China.

In a paper released on Friday, 3 June 2016, RUSI’s Deputy Director-General Professor Malcolm Chalmers also enters the debate, drawing on his experience of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) to examine the impact that Brexit might have on UK defence spending and strategic priorities.

Full coverage of our EU Referendum activities can be found online: RUSI.org/EUVote.

Karin von Hippel
Director-General, RUSI

Research News: Sanctions
EU Referendum
RUSI is establishing a new research initiative which will examine how to better use sanctions as an instrument of coercive diplomacy. The project will be supported by a transatlantic sanctions working group, composed of experts from both the public and private sectors.

For more information, click here.
RUSI Newsbrief 
May 2016 edition

The latest edition of RUSI Newsbrief includes articles on tackling terrorist financing, Russia's relationship with Germany and with Iran, the South China Sea and Afghan migration.

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Recent Publications

Spending Matters: Defence and Security Budgets after the 2015 Spending Review

Supply-Chain Resilience: UK Country Report for CRISMART/MSB

For more information: www.rusi.org/publications
Major Conferences this Summer
UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) Annual Conference 2016
2 June 2016, London
Bringing together the nuclear policy community, the Annual Conference will examine salient issues in the field and promote the emergence of a new generation of expertise in academia, industry, government and the military.
RUSI will be livestreaming the Conference from 0900 here
Defence Acquisition Conference 2016: Achieving Critical Advantage for the UK Post SDSR
16 June 2016, London
This conference will provide participants with a better understanding of the issues facing British defence acquisition following the UK Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015.  Book now >
Land Warfare Conference
28-29 June 2016, London
Held annually on behalf of the Chief of the General Staff, this conference will reflect on the breadth of challenges confronting today’s land forces in a global security environment characterised by constant competition and unpredictability. Book now >
RUSI Air Power Conference: Innovation and Inspiration
6-7 July 2016, London
The Royal Air Force’s 2016 Air Power conference will draw upon a high-level international audience to critically examine the theme of inspiration and innovation.
Book now >
Recent Speakers

HE President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

HRH Prince Turki al Faisal bin Abdulaziz al Saud (Members Only)

Commentary Online Now

The Taliban Upholds the Status Quo with their Choice of Emir

The New Normal: A Continental Drift or a Security Meltdown? A View from the Baltic

Paving the Way to Peace? US Drone Strike Targets Taliban Leader Akhtar Mansour

An Opportunity to Cut Costs and Increase Effectiveness? The Potential Impact of Brexit on Financial Crime Compliance

More: RUSI.org/commentary

Informing Policy

Money Laundering

The Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies held a highly successful conference and dinner in New York, bringing together senior private and public sector actors to identify solutions to tackle financial crime and terrorist financing. The keynote speech was delivered by Adam Szubin, US Treasury Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

International Co-operation

On Tuesday 24 May 2016, RUSI and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) held a closed-door roundtable to hear women from Pakistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya discuss their work on preventing violent extremism.

RUSI in the News
On Countering Daesh
"It’s certainly important to start thinking ahead about what might happen, where might the fighters go who aren’t captured or killed? In other words they may go to Libya to try to set up shop there. They’re likely to go into Europe and try to cause trouble there to demonstrate they’re still powerful.”

Karin von Hippel on  The Today Programme

RUSI analysts have also been quoted on a range of issues including:
Saudi Arabia and Iran, Daseh in Libya, Russian security policy, Egypt and China and India.

To see more, please click here >

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