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.
Members' Event: The Power of Chance – The Life of Captain Alan Hillgarth
13:00, 26 Jun 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
Captain Alan Hillgarth served as a naval officer, King's Messenger, writer, explorer, diplomat and spymaster. Through sheer power of chance, he seemed to land in one important role after another. Drawing on exclusive access to the family archive, Duff Hart-Davis will tell the story of Captain Alan Hillgarth, a man fired by a strong sense of duty, who always made the best of things but never wrote about his numerous secret assignments.
Members' Event: China-Russia: Energy, Ethnicity and Tension
13:00, 2 Jul 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A moderated discussion between Ben Judah, author of ‘Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin’ and Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI.
Members' Event: Iran and The Arab World
17:00, 2 Jul 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
Dr Eugene Rogan is the Director, Middle East Centre at Oxford University and Lecturer in the history of the modern Arab world and Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He will analyse and discuss the overlap between Iran and the Arab world. In particular what the presidential elections in Iran might mean for the Arab world, looking at the Saudi-Iranian tensions, the conflict in Syria, and Hezbollah's role in Lebanon.
Members' Event: Members’ Lecture - Organised Crime in the UK
13:00, 12 Jul 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A lecture by Professor Richard Hobbs, Director, Essex Criminology Centre. In his lecture, Professor Hobbs will discuss organised crime in the UK based on his book 'Lush Life: Constructing Organised Crime in the UK'.
Members' Event: RUSI Annual General Meeting
16:00, 18 Jul 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
The 182nd Annual General Meeting of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies will be held at 16.00 on Thursday 18 July 2013, at the RUSI Building, 61 Whitehall.
Members' Event: Whitehall Dialogue - The UK and Russia: Oil and Water?
15:45, 24 Jul 2013, RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
A presentation by the Rt Hon Sir Roderic Lyne KBE CMG, formerly British Ambassador to the Russian Federation. In his presentation, Sir Roderic will consider what has stood in the way of the anticipated convergence between West and East, and whether there are particular factors which keep the UK and Russia apart. He will assess to what extent friction between the two governments has been reflected in business and in other non-official relationships, what the prospects are for the period ahead, what sort of country Russia might become in the next twenty five years and whether it will be one that we can do business with.
Members' Event: Developing Employment and Skills in UK Defence
13:00, 3 Oct 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.
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.