RUSI is a registered charity and non-partisan think tank, funding itself independently.

RUSI is a registered charity (No. 210639) in the UK and, as such, must demonstrate public benefit in all that it does, as well as ensuring that it is not identified with any party-political stance. RUSI adopts no corporate view; the opinions expressed by its researchers and associates are theirs alone, and are made as contributions to a broader debate, rather than as part of an effort to advance a particular approach.

RUSI funds itself independently, drawing income from its membership subscriptions, from the sale of its various publications and from research contracts, donations and events funded by a wide range of sources, private and governmental, UK-based and international.

The Institute receives no core government funding. RUSI’s essential intellectual independence is upheld regardless of its independent funding sources. RUSI sets its own agenda, chooses its own research topics and takes very seriously its responsibility to reflect its research findings truthfully. RUSI rejects funding that is incompatible with its independence or the probity of its activities. This independence is constantly upheld and monitored by senior management and overseen by the Institute’s Trustees.

RUSI is committed to the intellectual integrity of its research and to meeting the highest standards of quality in all that it does. It employs individuals on the basis of equality of treatment and good working practices.

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Ethics Statement

During 2018-19, the following organisations have supported RUSI in a variety of ways, including research partnerships, sponsorship of conferences and corporate members of the Institute.


  • European Commission

  • None

  • BAe Systems
    British American Tobacco
    Canada Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    Garfield Weston Foundation
    Google, Inc.
    Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Philip Morris International Management SA
    United States Department of State

  • Airbus Group
    British Army, Directorate of Force Development
    Carnegie Corporation of New York
    Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    Facebook, Inc
    Foundation to Promote Open Society
    John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    Qatar Ministry of Defence

  • Accenture UK LLP
    ARCADE Research
    Caxton Europe LLP
    Department for International Development
    Johan Eliasch
    Government of Japan
    Lockheed Martin UK
    Microsoft, Inc
    Ministry of Defence
    National Crime Agency
    Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Pool Reinsurance Company Ltd
    Redacted, Inc
    Royal Navy
    Taipei Representative Office in the UK
    University Mohammed VI Polytechnic

  • Australian Strategic Policy Institute
    British Council
    British Embassy Moscow
    British High Comission, Delhi
    Cabinet Office
    Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
    DAI Europe
    Dell Corporation UK Ltd
    East Africa Research Fund (EARF)
    Ernst & Young LLP
    The Freedom Fund
    High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
    HP Defence and Security
    Japan Institute for International Affairs
    Japan Ministry of Defence
    Korea Foundation
    Norwegian Institute for Defence Analysis
    Pew Charitable Trusts
    The RAND Corporation
    Raytheon Missile Systems (US)
    Equinor (formerly Statoil)
    Strike Experimentation Group (SEG)
    Thomson Reuters
    Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

  • Adam Smith International
    AIG Europe Ltd
    AWE plc
    Babcock International
    Bechtel Management Company Ltd
    The Brenthurst Foundation
    Centre for Defense Reform, Ukraine
    Centrica PLC
    Countrywide Developments Ltd
    Economic and Social Research Council
    Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
    Embassy of Switzerland
    Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica)
    Frazer Nash Consultancy
    Georgian Ministry of Defence
    Jacobs Engineering
    Joint Analysis & Lessons Learned Centre (NATO)
    Leidos Europe Ltd
    Lockheed Martin US
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Mass Consultants Ltd
    McKinsey & Co
    National Defence Academy of Georgia
    Newton Europe
    Northrop Grumman UK
    Renaissance Strategic Advisors
    Rolls Royce
    Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions
    Temasek Holdings
    Walnut ICM
    Michael G Wilson

  • 4C Strategies Europe UK Ltd
    AKO Capital LLP
    Aktis Strategy Ltd
    Army War College, Mhow
    Asahi Shimbun
    ATCO Group
    Austrian Bureau for Security Policy
    Berry, Palmer & Lyle
    British Defence Staff United States
    British Embassy Ankara
    British-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
    BT Group PLC
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Center on Global Energy Policy
    Century One Publishing Ltd
    Chevron Products UK Ltd
    Clifford Chance LLP
    CQS (UK) LLP
    CRDF Global
    CTF Partners
    Cyber Conflict Documentation Project
    Daiwa Foundation
    Sir Mick Davis
    Defence Relationship Management
    Department of Culture, Media and Sport
    Embassy of Argentina
    Embassy of Austria
    Embassy of China
    Embassy of Denmark
    Embassy of Estonia
    Embassy of Finland
    Embassy of France
    Embassy of Israel
    Embassy of Japan
    Embassy of Norway
    Embassy of Sweden
    Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
    Embassy of the Czech Republic
    Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
    Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
    Embassy of the Republic of Korea
    Embassy of the Republic of Poland
    Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
    Embassy of the USA
    The Environmental Investigation Agency
    ESRI UK Ltd
    European Parliament
    Dr Jonathan Eyal
    Exxonmobil International
    Fujitsu Defence
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
    General Dynamics UK
    GKN Aerospace Ltd
    Harmonic Ltd
    Harris Systems
    Hesco Group Ltd
    High Commisison of Australia
    High Commission for the Republic of Singapore
    High Commission of Canada
    High Commission of Cyprus
    Home Office
    House of Commons Library
    Imperial War Museum
    International Committee of the Red Cross
    ITSC Library
    Japan Bank for International Co-operation
    Japan External Trade Organisation
    Jones Day
    KCD Resources
    Kings College London
    John Knight
    Korea Institute for Defense Analaysis
    Korea Ministry of National Defense
    Krull Corporation
    L-3 Communications
    L-3 Communications ASA Ltd
    L-3 Technologies Ltd
    Land Intelligence Fusion Centre
    Latvian MoD
    London Institute of South Asia
    Malaysia University of National Defence
    Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group
    MBDA UK Ltd
    Mitsubishi Electric Europe
    Morgan Stanley & Co International
    National Institute for Defence Studies, Japan
    Nationwide Building Society
    Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation
    Northern Defence Industries
    Outokumpu Oyj
    PA Consulting Group
    Public Safety Canada Information Centre
    Public Security Intelligence Agency
    Raytheon Systems Ltd
    Reaction Engines Ltd
    Roke Manor Research
    Royal College of Defence Studies
    Royal Marines
    Royal Tank Regiment
    Sarasin & Partners LLP
    Save the Children
    Sir John Scarlett
    Securecloud+ Ltd
    Serco Ltd
    Shell International
    Standard Bank of South Africa
    Standard Chartered Bank
    Symantec (UK) Ltd
    Taiwan Ministry of National Defense
    Thales UK
    The Yomiuri Shimbun
    TP Group plc
    UK Defence Solutions Centre
    Ultra Electronics
    University of Sussex
    Vestey Foods UK Ltd
    Willis Towers Watson
    Wilson James Ltd

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