Event: Syria: The Road to Democracy
13:00, 19 Jun 2012, RUSI
A lecture by Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, Syrian scholar. When the Syrian National Council was formed, there were high hopes that it might hasten the end of Bashar al-Assad's regime and bring peace and freedom to the country. Despite great bloodshed and sacrifice and the support of the outside world, little seems to have changed. The regime is still using violence to retain its hold on power and the opposition remains divided. In his lecture, Shaykh al-Yaqoubi will discuss his country's hopes for freedom and his own efforts to unite Syria's opposition movement to ensure a peaceful transition to democracy.
Event: The Art of Betrayal: Life and Death in the British Secret Service
13:00, 14 Jun 2012, RUSI
A lecture by Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent, BBC News.
Gordon Corera will look at the evolution of British intelligence and particularly MI6 from the end of World War Two to the present - examining where fact meets fiction. He will draw on individual stories to look at how MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation.
Event: Military History Lecture - The Midway Paradox: Carrier Victory - Carrier Defeat
12:45, 7 Jun 2012, RUSI
A lecture by Professor Eric Grove, Professor of Naval History and Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies at the University of Salford. In his lecture, Professor Grove will discuss how the Battle for Midway demonstrated not only the potential but also the weaknesses of the contemporary aircraft carrier. He will assess the dynamics of carrier warfare in 1942 and how the inherent weaknesses as well as the strengths of the carrier ensured decisive American victory.
Conference: Land Warfare Conference 2012
09:00, 7 Jun 2012, Church House Conference Centre
As NATO’s plans for transition in Afghanistan progress, the Army has to become a force that prepares for, and is capable of, providing government with relevant and effective choices for tackling a wider range of challenges.
Event: The Pitt Review, 5 Years On
18:00, 31 May 2012, Institution of Civil Engineers
The Inter-Institutional Flooding Group invite you to join us at the Institution of Civil Engineers for a 'Question Time' style panel debate examining whether any critical recommendations were missed. We are delighted to announce that HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO will be in attendance to deliver the opening address. The Duke has firsthand experience; Gloucestershire bore the brunt of the flooding of 2007 and his personal connection to the area led him to look to the professional bodies seeking solutions to flood risk and prevention.
Conference: Missile Defence Conference 2012
09:00, 30 May 2012, RUSI
Following the Chicago Summit, this will be RUSI’s first public opportunity to discuss NATO’s intention to develop an interim operational capability for territorial missile defence, progress on missile defence cooperation with Russia and threats emanating from the Persian Gulf and Pacific regions.
Event: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police: With Loyalty, Integrity and Devotion to Duty
18:00, 21 May 2012, Canadian High Commission
The Royal United Services Institute and the High Commission of Canada in the UK are proud to present a discussion with Glenn Wright, Historian for the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) and Clive Emsley, Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University. This event will be chaired by Gill Bennett OBE, Associate Fellow, RUSI and formerly Chief Historian, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Event: Gallipoli Memorial Lecture - Catching the Tide: Operations Above the High Water Mark
13:00, 14 May 2012, RUSI
Admiral George Zambellas DSC, Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Commander Allied Maritime Command Northwood, will consider what the lessons of Gallipoli can tell us about the future of maritime operations. In his lecture, he will assess how the maritime flank can best be exploited to support land forces in an increasingly complex battlespace.
Conference: UK PONI Annual Conference 2012: ‘Nuclear Stability: From the Cuban Crisis to the Energy Crisis’
08:00, 10 May 2012, HMS President
2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the most significant events of the Cold War. Since that time, changes in international security dynamics have catalysed shifts in attitude towards nuclear stability. This trend looks set to continue amidst high hopes for further nuclear disarmament by key states, and increasing concern surrounding proliferation of nuclear technology and materials to new actors. Taking stock after half a century, the second UK PONI Annual Conference therefore considered a range of issues associated with nuclear stability in both the military and civilian realms.
Event: RUSI Under 35 Forum: Shaping Perceptions: The Role of the Media in International Crises
18:30, 9 May 2012, RUSI
Marking the one year anniversary of the RUSI Under 35 Forum, this panel discussion will draw upon a range of perspectives to consider the role that the media plays in shaping perceptions about international crises. In particular, this session will aim to examine how the media operate in, and respond to, challenging environments and the process of interaction between news media and foreign policy making during periods of international crisis. Panel speakers will pay particular attention to the Arab spring and on-going events in Syria. The session will then open up for wider discussion with the audience and will be followed by a networking drinks reception.
Event: Russia-UK Bilateral Relations
13:00, 4 May 2012, RUSI
A lecture by His Excellency Mr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Court of St James’s. Ambassador Yakovenko discussed how the bilateral dialogue between Russia and the UK is gaining momentum, based on greater openness and more pragmatism in pursuit of national interests.
Event: Blue Light Air Assets: Future Operations
08:30, 17 Apr 2012, RUSI
This conference provides an opportunity to discuss these important issues further in an open and interactive forum with key stakeholders from Government, the private sector and the current charity operators.
Event: Members’ Lecture - Reflections on the Falklands War, 1982
13:00, 12 Apr 2012, RUSI
A lecture by Major General (Ret) Julian Thompson CB OBE, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The Falklands War, 1982 remains the most recent external conflict fought by the UK without any allied states. Argentina has asserted that the Falkland Islands are Argentinian territory since the 19th century and, as of 2012, shows no sign of relinquishing its claim. In his lecture, Major General Thompson will reflect on the Falklands War.