In this issue:  NATO Summit,  Organised Crime, Nuclear Weapons

 
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July 2016 Issue 80
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A Message from
Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, RUSI


Dear friends,

In July we witnessed important milestones for the defence and security agenda. In the UK, the findings of the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry were finally published, and RUSI experts provided expert commentary to the media, and hosted a large half-day conference. We will be publishing reflective analysis in the RUSI Journal in the coming months.

Like many others, we were surprised by the rapid political changes in this country in mid-July. As Theresa May guides the country towards Brexit in the coming months, we look forward to participating in the national conversation (Mrs May has been an occasional visitor to RUSI, e.g., in 2014, she announced a new policy on counter-terrorism and extremism in a speech at RUSI).

One of the first acts of Mrs May’s government was to put before the House of Commons the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system. RUSI published a paper providing a systematic analysis of the nuclear threats that the UK faces and how these are likely to evolve in the coming decades. We also published a paper unpacking and demystifying the cyber-challenge to nuclear weapons.

This month, several of our senior colleagues attended the NATO Summit in Warsaw. RUSI published a briefing highlighting how Russia’s armed forces are now gaining an offensive-oriented structure, with capabilities tailored for large-scale war, instead of being primarily structured for defensive operations (in case of a hypothetical large-scale military conflict). After the summit, the UK’s Ambassador to NATO, Sir Adam Thomson, briefed RUSI members on its outcome and the year ahead for the Atlantic Alliance.

Sadly, more innocent lives have been lost following recent terrorist attacks in France and Germany. RUSI’s researchers have been providing expert insight into why these attacks are occurring and how they might be prevented in the future. This week RUSI has launched the website of the Strategic Hub on Organised Crime Research. Supported by Research Council UK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, the hub brings together academic researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to strengthen the operational response and the strategic policy framework related to organized crime. At the European Parliament, RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies team briefed security officials and members of the European Parliament on the EU’s Action Plan for countering the fight against terrorist financing.

Last week our Chairman, Lord Hague, presented the Institute’s annual report at RUSI’s 185th Annual General Meeting (AGM). RUSI has had another strong year offering security expertise and analysis, and we are undertaking a careful and targeted expansion of our research agenda so that the Institute remains at the forefront of think tanks in world-leading research. The annual report was approved by the AGM, and I will be sharing the full report next month.

Karin von Hippel
Director-General, RUSI

Stategic Hub on Organised Crime Research
This week RUSI has launched the website of the Strategic Hub on Organised Crime research. Supported by Research Council UK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, the Strategic Hub brings together academic researchers, policymakers and practitioners focused on organised crime to strengthen the operational response and the strategic policy framework. Visit: shoc.rusi.org

Publications
 
RUSI Newsbrief 
July 2016 edition

The latest edition of RUSI Newsbrief  looks at the relationship between China and Pakistan, militia groups in Iraq, the strategic direction of NATO ahead of the Warsaw summit, and the impact of the Brexit vote on UK foreign policy.  Access now >


Recent Publications

Future Nuclear Threats to the UK

Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons: New Questions for Command and Control, Security and Strategy

Challenges to Information Sharing: Perceptions and Realities

For more information: www.rusi.org/publications
The NATO Warsaw Summit
Responding to the NATO Warsaw Summit, RUSI hosted
Sir Adam Thomson, the UK Permanent Representative to NATO, who discussed the challenges in the year ahead for the Alliance. Watch here

RUSI also interviewed Allied Air Commander General Frank Gorenc on the importance of air power to the alliance.

See also:
Russia and NATO - Eroding the Foundation of Relations

For more analysis of the  NATO Summit, click here

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RUSI is seeking to appoint a Research Analyst, a Project Officer, and a Database Manager. 

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RUSI Conference on the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry
RUSI held a conference exploring the findings of the Iraq Inquiry. The opening session is now available to watch on our website, and members will be able to watch the full conference here.

Latest: Chilcot - The Judgement of History
See also: The Chilcot Iraq Inquiry Reading List
Commentary Online Now

‘Plugging’ the Money-Laundering Intelligence Gap: Case Studies from Post-Soviet States

The Fight Against Irregular Migration Needs More Than a Kingpin Strategy

A Coup to End Coups in Turkey?

Turkey's Failed Coup and Future Challenges


More: RUSI.org/commentary

RUSI in the News
What does a modern terrorist look like and what motivates them?
If you are a socially awkward individual with violent tendencies who is seeking some sort of meaning in your life, then the methodology of a “lone wolf” spree under the banner of such a group may be appealing. It will provide you with a way to punish the world around you whilst also giving meaning to your act.

Raffaello Pantucci for The Telegraph, 23 July

In times of stress, Turkey and the West only come closer together
“It is Nato's largest continental army in an age of Russian revanchism; a powerful force in the Syrian civil war; and at the crux of Europe's migrant crisis. It is therefore likely that, had last Friday's plotters succeeded in ousting Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Western countries would have come to terms with the new regime, much as they did with Pakistan's junta after 1999 and Egypt's after 2013."

Shashank Joshi in The Irish Independent, 17 July

Britain’s resilient nature is there for all to witness

"This isn’t a note of triumphalism – there are very good reasons why the UK is safer from upheaval than most parts of the Arab world. Indeed, the UK itself has often been a reason why parts of the Arab world are less safe than they might otherwise be."

HA Hellyer in The National, 14 July

The benefit of hindsight: The Chilcot Report
Nonetheless, the Chilcot Committee report, released in London yesterday, isn’t wasted energy as it dispels some of the more lurid conspiracy theories surrounding the Iraq war, and provides a dispassionate and astute narrative of a military campaign which drew in many other nations and ended up being controversial in all of them.
Jonathan Eyal in The Strategist, 7 July


RUSI analysts have also been quoted on a range of issues including:
Lone-actor terrorism, The Turkish Coup and the Nice Attacks

To see more, please click here >

 
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