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October 2017 Issue 95
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Forthcoming Events

Red Famine - Stalin’s War on Ukraine
1300, 6 November

Remembering “The Unremembered”: the forgotten workers of the First World War
1800, 7 November

Staging the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Conflict
1800, 8 November


Book Launch: Power in Modern Russia
1400, 9 November

Rogue Trading: Why Illicit and Illegal Trading is a Major Security Issue
0830, 10 November

British Foreign Policy After Brexit: An Independent Voice
1300, 10 November

RUSI Paper Launch – Closing the Gap: Assessing Responses to Terrorist-Related Kidnap-for-Ransom
1600, 10 November


Full list of events >

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

Dear friends,

Last week we were honoured to host David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former Foreign Secretary, along with other experts, to discuss the political, security and humanitarian aspects of the Syria crisis.  Despite significant Coalition progress in destroying ISIL’s so-called Caliphate in both Iraq and Syria, Syria’s civil war endures with no clear end in sight. Even more worrying, over the past few years, the US and the UK seem to have ceded leadership on the peace process to Iran and Russia.

The fall of Raqqa also raises important questions about the evolution of iSIL as it loses its physical Caliphate and shifts its centre of gravity more fully into the cloud in terms of plotting and inspiring attacks in different parts of the world.  Andrew Parker, the MI5 Director General, revealed earlier this month that few of the 800 British foreign fighters were expected to return to the UK from Syria and Iraq. He nevertheless warned of the dramatic rise in the threat from Islamist extremist groups. We will continue to analyse these developments at RUSI, and provide practical policy recommendations. For example, earlier this month Emily Winterbotham, Senior Research Fellow, and Elizabeth Pearson, Associate Fellow, spoke at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly annual session in Bucharest on their research into women, gender and violent extremism.

I would like to highlight two unique events occuring next month. The first forms part of our commemoration of the Great War. Together with the Big Ideas Company, on 7 November, we will be hosting ‘Remembering the Unremembered’, an event that explores how the British Army drafted into its Labour Corps hundreds of thousands of men from across the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and other places in the British Empire. Their vital contributions are mostly forgotten.

The second is an ‘immersive event’ on artificial intelligence (AI) to be held on 8 November at The Platform Theatre. Experts from a range of fields – the creative industry, AI, and defence and security – will discuss the challenges, opportunities and realities of AI over the next 50 years, and ask what its use will mean for defence and security.

Earlier this month I was delighted to learn that General John Allen, former US Presidential Envoy for the Counter-ISIL Coalition and CENTCOM Deputy Commander, as well as Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, has been named the next president of the Brookings Institution, a leading think tank in the US. We congratulate General Allen on his new role.

Finally, I am pleased to announce the launch of the Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and the Founding Patron of RUSI. The Institute acknowledges, with gratitude, the assistance of the 9th and current Duke of Wellington. This award was formerly known as the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature, and was created in 1997 with the support of the late 6th Duke of Westminster.


Karin von Hippel
Director-General, RUSI


The latest issue of the RUSI Journal examines the legacy of chemical weapons – in particular the relationship between China and Japan.

Other features include explorations of Russian asymmetric warfare, resilience in NATO states, understanding extremism and the past, and future, of airpower.

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The Role of Financial Information-Sharing Partnerships in the Disruption of Crime
This paper examines the effectiveness of suspicious activity reporting in our financial system. It considers the emergence of new information-sharing partnerships between financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, set up in a small number of countries, which allow public and private institutions to share insights on terrorist and serious crime threats. Read more 
Expert commentary in October included analysis of the Syria Crisis and it's impact on the UK, China's 19th Communist Party Conference, links between Russia and Pakistan, the future of financial crime, and the Catalan independence movement.

There were also focuses on the Iran nuclear deal, and changing US policy, and Turkey's foreign relations in Europe and the Middle East.


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Remembering The Unremembered
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RUSI in the News
In October, RUSI experts spoke on a range of issues, including the capture of Raqqa and how this will affect ISIS, Chinese naval power, UK defence spending, the Iran nuclear deal, and NATO – Russia relations.

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