The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.
RUSI consistently brings to the fore vital policy issues to both domestic and global audiences, enhancing its growing reputation as a ‘thought-leader institute’, winning Prospect magazine's Think Tank of the Year Award in 2008 and Foreign-policy Think Tank of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011.
RUSI provides corporate and individual membership packages offering exclusive access to the UK’s premier forum on defence and security. Through our publications and events, RUSI members benefit from authoritative analysis, insight and networks. RUSI is renowned for its specialist coverage of defence and security issues in the broadest sense. Our expertise has been utilised by governments, parliament and other key stakeholders.
RUSI is a British institution, but operates with an international perspective. Satellite offices in Doha, Tokyo and Washington DC reinforce our global reach. We have amassed over the years an outstanding reputation for quality and objectivity. Our heritage, location at the heart of Whitehall, together with our range of contacts both inside and outside government, give RUSI a unique insight and authority.
The Institute has four main activities:
We undertake rigorous, expert and objective analysis of current trends and developments, both for the Institute's own publications and events and commissioned privately for clients.
We offer a programme of conferences, seminars, workshops and talks by leading experts providing insight to and fostering debate among practitioners, policy makers and analysts.
We publish a varied collection of periodicals that are timely, innovative and relevant, designed to meet the needs of members and others.
Service to members
We provide corporate and individual members with exclusive access to the UK's premier community on defence and security issues through an extensive range of events, publications and research, detailed above.
I know what valuable work, in the cause of peace and security, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies carries out in maintaining the essential links between the Armed Forces and those who make decisions under economic and political disciplines.”
Our Patron Elizabeth R.
For nearly two-hundred years, the Royal United Services Institute has driven the global debate on defence and security issues and it is now the pre-eminent forum for the innovative critical thinking that is so essential for the policy-makers of today and tomorrow.
Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP Prime Minister
The complexity of today’s defence and security issues demands innovative ways of thinking. RUSI has earned a global reputation as a world leader in research in this field. Its work informs policy makers as they grapple with the security challenges of the 21st century.
Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP Deputy Prime Minister
The Royal United Services Institute is respected across the political spectrum for its incisive analysis. It makes a valuable contribution to the hard thinking which is at the heart of keeping Britain secure in the years and decades to come.
Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP Leader of the Opposition
As the United Kingdom’s foremost independent Defence think tank, RUSI has a long historic record of producing stimulating events, challenging research and insightful publications. In this rapidly changing defence and security environment, when the need for swift and rigorous analysis is essential, RUSI’s work is ever more important.
Rt. Hon Phillip Hammond MP Foreign Secretary
Since the days of the Duke of Wellington, RUSI has carved out a global reputation for study of military affairs - characterised by thought-provoking events, incisive research and detailed analysis. In an increasingly unpredictable age, policy makers and political leaders alike will continue to turn to our leading defence think-tank for the invaluable insight that is its hallmark.
Rt.Hon Michael Fallon MP Defence Secretary
RUSI is exceptionally well informed on national security issues and its views carry weight as a result of the depth and breadth of its insights.
Sir Jonathan Evans Former Director-General, Security Service
RUSI stands out as a distinctive voice in the public debate on defence, security and foreign policy, a home for innovative ideas and research, and the bearer of a proud record of 180 years of independent thinking and objective analysis.
Rt Hon William Hague MP Leader of the House of Commons, former Foreign Secretary
RUSI is renowned as a home of informed discussion, incisive research, and thought-provoking debate. This well earned reputation and their insightful forward thinking, makes the contribution of RUSI on national security matters highly valuable in this continually changing sphere.
Rt Hon Theresa May MP Home Secretary
As a leading platform for debates on defence and security, RUSI’s role has been quintessential in fostering cooperation, promoting dialogue and offering strategic solutions to national and international defence and security-related issues. The events it has hosted over the years and the values that it has been upholding have made it into the highly revered institution it is today.
Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
RUSI continues to be among the world’s foremost venues for research and discussion on defence and security issues.
General David Petraeus Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency, and former Commander, US Central Command and International Security Assistance Force
The Royal United Services Institute has been an acknowledged leader in the debate on defence and security, been respected around the world for its contribution over nearly two centuries to that debate, and is now leading the debate about homeland security and global terrorism.”
Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP Former Prime Minister
As a facilitator of the exchange of ideas and information, and as an educator of the policy-maker of the present and future, the Institute is second to none.”
Rt Hon Tony Blair Former Prime Minister and Middle East envoy