International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 10th Annual Conference
10:00, 22 May 2013, RUSI
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.
Conference: Defence Acquisition Conference
09:00, 22 May 2013, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
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.
Event: Cyber War Will Not Take Place
13:00, 17 May 2013, RUSI
Dr Thomas Rid PhD, Reader in War Studies, King's College London, will take a fresh look at computer security and focus on winning the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace violence in surprising ways.
Event: Roundtable Discussion: Transnational Organised Crime and Security
17:00, 16 May 2013, The Garden Room - St Edmund’s College
Transnational organised crime is progressively becoming a concern for policy-makers and security experts around the world. Drug-related violence in Mexico, human trafficking in the Mediterranean, and Internet and environmental crimes are only some of the examples of transnational organised crime with increasing bearing over international security.
Event: Implications from the US “Pivot” to Asia and the Pacific: A Baltic View
15:30, 15 May 2013, RUSI
The US “pivot” to Asia has generated a great deal of public debate among policy-makers in Europe. One favourite interpretation is that the move is merely a manifestation of Europe’s relative strategic decline, and of America’s alleged fading interest in the “old continent”. But there is another interpretation which views this development as both natural and timely, and refutes the idea that it represents a danger to NATO or to broader trans-Atlantic links.
Event: Members’ Discussion Panel - The Battle of the Atlantic: The Battle which had to be Won
12:45, 1 May 2013, RUSI
The 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic will be commemorated in May 2013. Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB ADC DL, Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock KBE CB, Captain Richard Woodman FRHistS FNI and Dr Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones MBE PhD MA FRHistS FRSA, will examine how the Battle of the Atlantic demonstrated the enduring importance of control of the sea to ensure ultimate victory in the Second World War.
Event: Policing in the New Dynamic Environment
11:00, 29 Apr 2013, RUSI
In his lecture, Tom Winsor discussed the model of British policing; the changing dynamic environment; the pressures and challenges which the police face, and the role of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in serving the public interest.
Event: Conflict Resolution in Nagorno-Karabakh: what role for economic incentives?
09:00, 17 Apr 2013, RUSI
Continued deadlock between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh means not only the perpetuation of a crisis with political, economic and humanitarian fall-out, but also the risk of a war with regional implications. Two decades of on-again, off-again negotiations have failed to resolve the conflict and there is no indication the parties are drifting closer together. Indeed, a combination of deep-seated mutual distrust and gradual ‘accommodation’ to the status quo – by elites on both sides – is gradually deepening the stalemate.
Event: Handling, Understanding and Fusion in Intelligence
13:00, 16 Apr 2013, RUSI
A lecture by Vice Admiral Al Richards CB, Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), UK Ministry of Defence, will discuss the importance of understanding the complexities and interactions of cognitive influences in the operating environment, requiring the most effective means of information handling and processing.
Event: Whitehall Dialogue - The Strategic Utility of Carrier Enabled Power Projection
15:45, 8 Apr 2013, RUSI
A presentation by Commodore Steven Jermy RN, Visiting Professor of Strategy and Leadership, University of Plymouth. In his presentation, Commodore Jermy will assess the strategic utility of Carrier Enabled Power Projection and the role of aircraft carriers in providing sovereign deployable airpower and forward presence.
Event: Members' Event - Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy
13:00, 27 Mar 2013, RUSI
Gill Bennett OBE MA will discuss her latest book - 'Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy' - with Professor Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA. In their discussion, they will unravel the story of six crucial British foreign policy challenges since the Second World War, from the Korean War to the Falklands conflict, offering an inside account of episodes that shaped Britain's position in the world for decades to come, and in some cases still arouse controversy to this day.
Nuclear Futures: Linking Policy and Technology
09:00, 25 Mar 2013, M Shed
The Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and the UK Project on Nuclear Issues convened a two-day conference to demonstrate, explore, and enhance the important relationships between those who form nuclear policy, and those who implement it.
Event: Did Asymmetric Warfare Die with Osama bin Laden?
18:00, 14 Mar 2013, RUSI
A presentation by Mark Huband, Managing Director, Livingstone and Company and award-winning former journalist. Drawing on his own experience, Mark Huband will explore in what direction the war against terror might be going, especially in light of new developments in Mali.