Programme of events
RUSI is the podium of choice for world leaders and senior policy makers, and is ideally placed to attract high-quality speakers and participants at its events. These vary in size and format from set-piece lectures to conferences and seminars.
Conference: Defence Acquisition Conference
09:00, 22 May 2013, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham
The establishment of the Command Capability Directorates, the firming up of the Materiel Strategy and the impending move of DE&S to a Go-Co, the announcement of major outsourcing programmes, the impending withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan, and a return to a contingent capability will all impact on the defence acquisition process and the implementation of the reform agenda. It is, and remains, a challenging time with a number of major transformation and reform programmes running in parallel.
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 10th Annual Conference
10:00, 22 May 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
This annual conference, jointly organised by the United Nations Association Westminster Branch and RUSI, has established itself as one of the UK's most authoritative reviews of UN peacekeeping activities. The programme will comprise a morning session followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.
Event: Aftermaths and Consequences of War: What Happens When the Troops Leave?
18:00, 4 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
The Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Pierre Krahenbuhl will present key post-conflict humanitarian concerns and challenges as well as look ahead to the withdrawal of armed forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
Conference: The UK PONI Annual Conference 2013
09:00, 6 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
The UK PONI Annual Conference has established itself as a premier forum to celebrate the emergence of new nuclear expertise from academia, industry, government, and the military. By bringing together emerging and established experts from across the nuclear field, this conference series promotes an informed and diverse dialogue on the most pertinent nuclear issues of the day.
Conference: RUSI Missile Defence Conference
09:00, 12 - 13 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A major highlight in the missile defence calendar, this international conference aims to make a significant contribution to the evolution of policy with a stimulating discussion of BMD issues amongst a wide range of stakeholders.
Members' RUSI Founder’s Day Lecture - The Battle of Waterloo: The Human Face of Grand Strategy
13:00, 18 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A lecture by Professor Michael Clarke, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute, to commemorate the founding of RUSI in June 1831 by the Duke of Wellington. In his lecture, Professor Clarke will interpret the strategy behind the Battle of Waterloo and the course of the fighting in terms of the human stories that emerged from those who took part.
Event: China’s Role in Afghanistan Post-2014
15:00, 21 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
The event will explore China’s extensive economic and security interests in Afghanistan, and how Beijing’s thinking is evolving about contributing to the country’s stability post-2014. This presentation will be given by Professor Pan Guang, Vice Chairman and Professor at the Shanghai Center for International Studies.
Members' Event: Developing Employment and Skills in UK Defence
13:00, 26 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A presentation by Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills and Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support, BAE Systems plc. This presentation will focus on the macro picture and the importance of developing employment and skills in the UK defence industry.
Conference: Land Warfare Conference 2013
09:00, 27 - 28 Jun 2013, Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL
Examining the British Army’s ongoing adaptation in response to Army 2020’s strategic direction and its central role in defence and security.
Event: RUSI Whitehall Paper launch, Destination NATO: Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003-2013
12:00, 3 Jul 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
Paddy Ashdown, the former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will join Rohan Maxwell and John Andreas Olsen in a discussion on defence reform in Bosnia and more widely to mark the launch of the new RUSI Whitehall Paper, Destination NATO: Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003--2013.
Members' Event: Members' Military History - Back with the Mates I Left Behind: A Frontline Medical Officer from Passchendaele to Allied Victory
12:45, 22 Oct 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A lecture by Ian Passingham, defence analyst and historian.
As a frontline infantry battalion’s Regimental Medical Officer, Major Donald Dunbar ‘Pom’ Coutts’s aim was to save life, rather than take it. He served with typical professionalism and dedication and won the DSO for his enduring courage whilst treating wounded men under fire. This lecture is based on the war diary, frontline experience and life of ‘Pom’ Coutts and the officers and men of his beloved 24th Infantry Battalion, which was part of the 6th Brigade, 2nd Australian Division.
Members' Event: Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War, 1950-1953
12:45, 26 Nov 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A lecture by Brigadier (Ret’d) Brian Parritt CBE, author and former Director of the Intelligence Corps. In his lecture, Brigadier Parritt will discuss the causes and implications of the Korean War of 1950-1953, the events which led to the ceasefire and the much overlooked role played by the armed forces of the Republic of Korea.