In this issue:  Lone Actor Terrorism, F-35, EU Referendum
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  Royal United Services Institute
February 2016 Issue 75
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Forthcoming Events
Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror
2 March 2016

A Conversation with General (Ret) David H. Petraeus on Major Global Developments and Strategic Trends
4 March 2016

Gender, Conflict and Peace: How Should Women Lead in Peacekeeping and Post-Conflict Operations?
8 March

Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess
17 March

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

Dear members,

In my first three months as director-general of RUSI, I have had the privilege of working with and learning from an incredible team. Today, I’d like to highlight a selection of recent research and events.

Over the last month, RUSI has released two timely reports: the first on how the UK can maximise the value of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the second on how to enforce criminal confiscation orders. Today, we are launching a series of publications on lone-actor terrorism in Europe, the culmination of an eighteen-month project pursued by RUSI’s experts in collaboration with Chatham House, the Institute of Strategic Dialogue and Leiden University. Clearly a matter of immense consequence to Europe today, many of the issues explored in these reports will resonate across the globe.

As the UK prepares for the June 2016 referendum on its membership of the European Union, RUSI will sponsor a number of events and publications, weighing the evidence of both eventualities from a defence and security perspective. Go online now to listen to our latest coverage, a podcast discussion between our experts.

The Institute also continues to provide a platform for high-profile thinkers and practitioners. In February, RUSI hosted several prominent policy-makers. Russia’s ambassador to NATO spoke on the tensions between Russia and the West. Senior US officials discussed global migration and insecurity in the Mediterranean. The shadow defence secretary unveiled in more detail Labour’s forthcoming review of defence policy. Meanwhile, RUSI’s annual Information in Warfare Conference explored the implications of the SDSR’s impact on the UK’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. 

Later this week, RUSI will welcome the Institute’s Senior Vice-President and former Director of the CIA General David Petraeus for an off-the-record conversation on global developments and strategic trends – one of a series of events in March covering, inter alia, defence intelligence and the security challenges of Southeast Asia, as well as marking International Women’s Day. 

As ever, I hope to welcome you to one of the Institute’s many events in the near future, and invite your comments, ideas and questions in the meantime!

Karin von Hippel


Latest Report: Countering Lone-Actor Terrorism
A new RUSI-led study explores the phenomenon of lone actors through analysis of comprehensive data on cases from across Europe.

To read the report, please click here >
Recent Publications
Maximum Value from the F-35: Harnessing Transformational Fifth-Generation Capabilities for the UK Military

This report argues that investment in cross-platform capabilities would allow the British military to enjoy the full gamut of the radical new capabilities offered by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet. More information >

Occasional Papers

Enforcing Criminal Confiscation Orders: From Policy to Practice

Communication, Co-operation and Challenges: A Roadmap for Sino-Indian Engagement in Afghanistan

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EU Referendum
Westminster medal

Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director at RUSI discusses the European Summit and Britain's referendum to stay in the European Union with Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI Deputy Director General, Elizabeth Quintana, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Military Sciences and Professor Trevor Taylor, Senior Research Fellow .

To listen to this podcast, please click here >


US Policy in Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
Discussion with Dr Amanda Sloat, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs.

Latest Commentary
Disrupting Daesh Finance is About More Than Oil

Charitable Aid: A Valuable Export That Must be Better Supported

The EU Summit: Making History, or Edging Towards Disaster?

>Investigatory Powers: A Clean Bill of Health from MPs?

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RUSI in the News
In the last month RUSI analysts have been quoted on a range of issues including:

SyriaNorth Korea's satellite launch, Russia and the Syria crisis and the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

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Recent Events
Russian Ambassador to NATO on East-West tensions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif delivers private briefing co-hosted by RUSI

Shadow Defence Secretary on the Labour Party's review of defence policy.

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