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       Royal United Services Institute May 2013   Issue 042       
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Countering Terrorism after
Woolwich and Boston

This month we feature analysis on the latest terrorist incident in Woolwich, and an assessment of President Obama's Counter-Terrorism Policy.

Obama's Counter Terrorism Policy
By Richard Barrett, RUSI Associate Fellow and former United Nations Coordinator of the Al-Qa'ida and Taliban Monitoring Team

The Woolwich Murder: An Initial Assessment of Another Lone Actor Attack

We Hate the EDL More Than We Love Life?

Why Woolwich Matters: The South London Angle

Study Programme

Online Training Course on Counter-Terrorism and Corporate Security

RUSI, in partnership with ACTIS, has developed executive online training courses in counter-terrorism and corporate security.

Previous highlights

VIDEO - Assessing the Boston Bombings

Boston Bombings Highlight Difficulties in Countering Isolated Cells

RUSI Publications

Heading for Home: UK Redeployment from Afghanistan 

RUSI Newsbrief
May/June 2013

RUSI analysts John Louth and Peter Quentin examine the progress and enormous logistical challenge of withdrawal.


Drone warfare, North Korea and an irreverant look at Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy record.


Recent highlights

A Return to East of Suez?
UK Military Deployment to the Gulf Suez
Britain may be on course to become more directly involved in Gulf security as the US reorients towards the Far East and Pacific Rim.

Feature on Iran


VIDEO: Iran's Presidential Candidates: Change Ahead?

Analysis: Conservatives Given Free Reign in Presidential Elections

Recent publications

Assessing Stuxnet
RUSI Journal, April/May 2013
While Stuxnet may have had the potential to seriously damage Iranian centrifuges, evidence of its impact is circumstantial and inconclusive. Analysis of the 2009 data shows that Stuxnet was neither very effective nor well-timed and, in hindsight, may have been of net benefit to Tehran.

Iran - Red Lines and Grey Areas
Briefing Paper

RUSI Analysis

Regular Posts analysing the latest defence and security stories 

The Long Arm of the Law in Xinjiang: Fresh Violence Erupts in China's Muslim Far West

The End of Iraq


Sierra Leone: A Post-Conflict Success Story?

The UN Intervention Brigade: A Force for Change in DR Congo?

The Crime Terror nexus in West Africa

Background on Syria: www.rusi.org/syria

Access regular analysis at: www.rusi.org/analysis

Featured Events
RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2013
27-28 June 2013

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Chesney Gold Medal Award Dinner
10 June 2013

In an event co-hosted with the Royal Armouries, RUSI will present the 35th Chesney Gold Medal to General David H Petraeus, US Army (Retd), for his distinguished lifetime service and contribution to international defence and security.

For more information on this exclusive event taking place at the Tower of London, please contact Matthew Jamison at matthewj@rusi.org.


RUSI Researcher Awarded Canadian Essay Prize


Research Fellow in Military Sciences